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How to Play iTunes M4V Files on VLC Media Player

Roger W.
BY Roger W.   
LAST UPDATED: Dec. 08, 2016

VLC Media Player is one of the most popular media player for both Windows and Mac. It can play videos in many format without problem. However, iTunes M4V is an exception.

In this article, we will discuss why VLC cannot play some M4V files and how to solve the problem so we can play M4V files with VLC Media Player on Windows and Mac.

Part 1 Why VLC Cannot Play M4V Files

Among all reasons that result in VLC won't play M4V files, the following two are the most likely causes:

• .m4v codec get removed from VLC Media Player, so you even cannot play DRM-free M4V files.

• The M4V movies and TV shows bought from iTunes Store are protected by Apple' FairPlay DRM, and they can't be played on non-Apple devices or video players.

To play M4V files on VLC Media Player, we need to first remove DRM from iTunes videos and then convert M4V to MP4.

Part 2 Play iTunes M4V Movies with VLC Media Player on Mac

iTunes M4V Converter for Mac is considered as the best program to convert and play iTunes M4V videos on VLC Media Player. This professional M4V DRM Removal tool can help you remove DRM from both rental and purchased M4V movies, TV shows or music videos from iTunes Store, and then convert M4V to DRM-free MP4 with 5.1 audio tracks and all subtitles preserved. Follow the steps below to remove DRM from M4V videos and then play them on VLC smoothly.

Step 1. Download and install iTunes M4V Converter on your MacBook or iMac
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Step 2. Add iTunes M4V Video

Launch iTunes M4V Converter for Mac. Click on "add file" button, then the program will show you all the iTunes purchases and rentals. Select those iTunes movies or TV shows you want to play with VLC and click "Add".

Add iTunes M4V Video
Step 3.Remove DRM and Convert M4V to MP4

Since the default output format is MP4, so you don't need to select the output format any more. Just click on the "Convert" button to start the conversion.

When the conversion completed, click "History" to find the output files and now you can play them with VLC on Mac.

Remove DRM and Convert M4V to MP4  

Part 3 How to Play M4V Files with VLC Media Player on Windows

For Windows users, DRM Media Converter is considered as the best program to convert M4V for playback with VLC. It can crack DRM protection from iTunes, Zune MarketPlace, Amazon, etc. purchased video/audio files. Aside from removing DRM from iTunes M4V movies and TV shows, this program can convert M4V to MP4, MOV, AVI, 3GP, etc.

Please download the program on your Windows PC first and then follow the tips to convert iTunes purchased M4V video clips for playing in VLC with ease.

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Step 1. Add M4V Video

After launching the program, please click "Add…" to import the M4V videos you want to convert. To convert DRM protected M4V videos, make sure you have installed iTunes and your files play well in iTunes.

Add M4V Video
Step 2. Select Output Format

Click "Video files to" and select an output format that is compatible with VLC Media Player. MP4 is recommended. As you can see, there are also hundreds of video presets for portable players like iPhone, iPad, iPod, PSP, Xbox 360, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, Archos, Zune, etc.

Select Output Format
Step 3. Start Converting M4V Videos to VLC

When all the settings are OK, click "Start" to begin stripping DRM from iTunes M4V and convert the files to VLC supported format.

After the conversion, click "Find Target" to get the converted DRM-free videos. Then launch VLC, click Media > Open File to play the videos.

Convert M4V Videos to VLC

Video Guide: Play M4V on VLC

Write in the End

If you want to watch iTunes movies without iTunes or Apple device, iTunes M4V Converter for Mac or DRM Media Converter are very useful. They can remove iTunes DRM and allow you play iTunes videos even on Windows Media Player, Android phones and tablets and Smart TV.


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