How to Edit iTunes M4V Movies with iMovie/Final Cut Pro

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Q: I want to edit some iTunes movie files with iMovie for a project. But it won’t allow me to import the iTunes videos to iMovie at all. It seems I need to remove the DRM protection from the movies in advance. I tried some iTunes DRM removal tools online but without success. Can you recommend some workarounds to allow me copy iTunes M4V movies to iMovie for editing?

Have you ever met such a problem before? If so, you can follow this article to find out the ultimate solution to edit iTunes M4V movies with iMovie or other video editing software, such as Final Cut Pro/Pro X, etc.

Something About iTunes Movies You Should Know

Before we go ahead, let’s take a brief look at the iTunes movie itself. Unlike the other online movie content, the iTunes movies, includes TV shows, are protected by Apple’s DRM and won’t be authorised to be played on non-Apple devices, even the iMovie or Final Cut Pro. Apple use this way to protect the copy right of the original media content on iTunes store. So if you want to put the DRM-protected iTunes movies to non-Apple-approved devices or software, you should have to strip DRM from iTunes movies firstly. Besides, as the protected iTunes movies are saved in .M4V format, a not commonly used one by most popular devices or players, it’s better to change the protected M4V files to MP4 or other more popular formats.

In this case, TunesKit DRM iTunes M4V Converter is able to offer you the assistance to not only remove DRM lock from iTunes movies but also convert the M4V videos to MP4 with lossless quality. Once the DRM is removed by TunesKit, you can easily import the non-DRM videos to iMovie, Final Cut Pro or other platforms for free.

Tutorial: Convert DRM-ed iTunes M4V Movies to iMovie/FCP

It only takes three steps to remove DRM from iTunes movies and convert the M4V to MP4 by using TunesKit iTunes M4V Converter.

Step 1. Launch TunesKit and add iTunes M4V files to TunesKit by clicking “Add Files” button or via drag and drop.

Step 2. Adjust output folder, audio tracks, subtitles as you like.

Step 3. Start to convert iTunes M4V to MP4 by clicking “Convert” button.

Once the DRM is removed successfully, you can copy the unprotected MP4 videos to iMovie or Final Cut Pro for editing freely.

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How to Play iTunes Movies/TV Shows with Kodi/XBMC Media Player

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Brief Introduction to Kodi/XMBC Media Player

Kodi (formerly XBMC) is a free and open-source media player software developed by the XBMC Foundation available for multiple operating systems and hardware platforms, with a software 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, such as audio and video podcasts from the internet, and all common digital media files from local and network storage media as well. Kodi is highly customizable with a variety of skins which can change its appearance, and various plug-ins allow users to access streaming media content via online services such as example YouTube, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Crackle, Spotify, Rhapsody and Pandora Internet Radio, etc.

Video formats supported by XBMC: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.263, MPEG-4 SP and ASP, MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), HuffYUV, Indeo, MJPEG, RealVideo, RMVB, Sorenson, WMV, Cinepak.

Audio formats supported by XBMC: MIDI, AIFF, WAV/WAVE, AIFF, MP2, MP3, AAC, AACplus (AAC+), Vorbis, AC3, DTS, ALAC, AMR, FLAC, Monkey’s Audio (APE), RealAudio, SHN, WavPack, MPC/Musepack/Mpeg+, Shorten, Speex, WMA, IT, S3M, MOD (Amiga Module), XM, NSF (NES Sound Format), SPC (SNES), GYM (Genesis), SID (Commodore 64), Adlib, YM (Atari ST), ADPCM (Nintendo GameCube), and CD-DA.

Why Can’t Kodi/XBMC Play iTunes Movies/TV Episodes

Many of you may wonder why there’s no iTunes movie channels available on Kodi. Well, it has something to do with the FairPlay DRM technology created by Apple. In order to prevent others from copying iTunes media content to any platforms, Apple is using DRM to encode its iTunes movies and TV shows into M4V format which can only be recognised by Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iPod, iTunes, and QuickTime. And that’s why you can’t play the iTunes M4V videos with DRM protection on Kodi freely. But don’t worry. If you anyhow need to play the DRM’d iTunes movies and TV shows with Kodi/XBMC player, you can follow the tutorial below to learn how to convert the DRM’d M4V to Kodi player with ease.

How to Convert iTunes M4V Videos to Kodi/XBMC Player

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Firstly, you need to install the free trial version of TunesKit DRM M4V Converter (Mac/Windows), a smart and powerful iTunes DRM removal software to convert iTunes M4V to MP4 without quality loss.

To begin with, you should know some key features of this professional iTunes M4V to Kodi Converter. Generally speaking, i’s one of the best iTunes DRM remover and M4V video converter in the world dedicated in converting iTunes DRM movies and TV shows from M4V format to MP4 while stripping off the DRM lock. It’s also able to preserve the original quality including video resolution, AC3 5.1 track, subtitles, Closed Caption, etc while working at 20x faster speed. With the help of this iTunes M4V video converter, you can enjoy the iTunes movies and TV shows on Kodi and other players at anytime.

The following is the guide to show you how to convert DRM iTunes M4V movies to Kodi player in 3 steps only with TunesKit DRM M4V Converter.

Step 1. Click “Add Files” button to import iTunes movies to TunesKit. Or you can drag and drop the files to the converter directly.

Step 2. Adjust the output settings according to your own needs, including the output path, subtitles, audio tracks.

Step 3. Click “Convert” button to start to remove DRM and convert the iTunes M4V to DRM-free MP4.

Once the conversion is done, you are free to add the converted MP4 videos to XBMC and play the iTunes movies without limitation any more.

How to Play DRM iTunes M4V on Windows Media Player

Movies and TV shows are protected with Apple’s DRM copy protection and won’t let you import them into any media player except iTunes for playback. Even Windows Media Player, one of the most popular media players is not allowed to play the DRM-ed iTunes movies. In the previous post, we’ve already shown you the complete guide on how to watch iTunes DRM M4V movies on VLC media player. Now in this article, we will guide you to convert the DRM-locked iTunes M4V to Windows Media Player step by step with the third-party iTunes DRM M4V Converter – TunesKit iTunes M4V to WMP Converter for Windows (Mac).

Firstly, let’s have a look at the key features of TunesKit DRM M4V to WMP Converter. It’s a professional iTunes DRM removal tool to bypass DRM protection from both rented and purchased iTunes movies and TV shows by converting the DRM-ed M4V files to unprotected MP4 with lossless quality. It works at a super fast speed of 20x faster. Besides, it can also keep the original AC3 5.1 audio, video resolution, subtitles for the iTunes movies. Once the DRM is removed from the iTunes movies, you can freely import them into WMP for watching at anytime you like.

Now you can follow the tutorial below to learn how to easily remove DRM from iTunes movies and convert the DRM M4V to WMP with TunesKit iTunes DRM M4V Converter.

Guide – How to Convert iTunes M4V to WMP

1. Download the proper version of TunesKit according to your computer system.

2. Import iTunes M4V movies to TunesKit via “Add Files” button or drag-and-drop.

3. Select output settings, including output folder, audio tracks, subtitles as required.

4. Start to convert iTunes DRM M4V to MP4 by clicking “Convert” button.

Once the conversion finishes, you can find the converted iTunes movies without DRM protection and play them with Windows Media Player freely.

Complete Tutorial of Streaming iTunes Movies to TV via Chromecast

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Many people like to use Chromecast to stream media on TV for watching as there are so many online channels for videos, TV shows, movies and other media sources. However, as one of the most popular media streaming boxes in the world, Chromecast doesn’t provide the source of iTunes movies and TV shows on it to stream to TV. Why? That’s simply because all iTunes media, including movies, TV shows, even audiobooks, are protected by Apple’s DRM policy. Due to that, all iTunes videos can only be played on Apple-approved devices or platforms. Unfortunately, Chromecast and other non-Apple devices are not in the approval list. That’s why you can’t directly stream iTunes movies to TV via Chromecast. But don’t worry. If you anyhow need to stream iTunes movies and TV episodes to Chromecast for watching on TV, you can refer to this tutorial to learn how to easily transfer iTunes DRM videos to  TV by using Chromecast.

Remove DRM from iTunes M4V Videos

Firstly, you’ll need a special tool – TunesKit DRM M4V Converter (Mac & Windows) to help you get rid of the DRM protection from iTunes movies and TV shows. This professional iTunes DRM removal software will enable you easily bypass DRM lock from iTunes videos while converting the iTunes M4V files to MP4 without any quality loss. Only when the DRM is removed completely from the iTunes videos, you can import them to Chromecast without any problem.

Now you can follow the guide below to see how to use TunesKit DRM M4V Converter to remove DRM restriction from iTunes movies and TV shows at 20x faster speed.

Step 1. After launching TunesKit, click “Add Files” button to import iTunes M4V video files to the converter. You can also add the iTunes files by dragging and dropping.

Step 2. Select output folder, audio tracks and subtitles according to your needs.

Step 3. Start to remove DRM and convert iTunes M4V to MP4 by clicking “Convert” button.

Stream iTunes Movies/TV Shows to Chromecast

When the conversion finishes, you can get the DRM-free iTunes movies in the output folder you previously set and then stream the iTunes video files to HDTV via Chromecast by following the steps below:

Step 1. Plug Chromecast into TV set and enable it via USB cable.

Step 2. Keep Chromecast and computer in the same WiFi to find Chromecast on your computer.

Step 3. Find the converted iTunes movies on your computer and play it via Chromecast.

Step 4. Then you’ll find the iTunes movies are mirrored to your TV for playback.

Video Guide: How to Stream iTunes DRM M4V to TV via Chromecast

How to Convert iTunes M4V Videos to VLC for Playback

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Q: I bought some movies from iTunes store and would like to play them with my VLC media player instead of iTunes. But when I was trying to import the iTunes movies to VLC, it keeps saying “not supported format.” What’s wrong? How can I play iTunes movies with VLC player with ease?

You may have also encountered such a problem when playing iTunes movies or TV shows with VLC player and got no idea what’s going on there, right? If so, then you can follow this article to find out the best solution to play iTunes videos on VLC easily.

Why Can’t We Play iTunes Movies with VLC

Firstly, you should know the fact that the movies, TV shows and most other media content sold in iTunes store are all protected with DRM technology by Apple. With the DRM protection, iTunes movies are encoded in M4V format and can only be played well on Apple-approved devices such as iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iTunes, etc. VLC is not included in the authorised player list. That’s why you’ll find it’s impossible to import iTunes movies into VLC for playback.

Best Solution to Remove DRM from iTunes M4V Movies/TV Shows

Fortunately, there are various tools existing in the market developed to bypass DRM lock from iTunes movies and TV shows easily. Once the DRM is removed successfully from the iTunes videos, you can freely watch them on VLC and any other media players as you like. Here you are recommended with one of the best iTunes M4V video converter in the world, that is TunesKit iTunes DRM M4V Converter for Mac (Windows), with which you can easily remove DRM protection from iTunes movie rentals and purchases while converting the DRM-ed M4V to universal MP4 that is fully supported by VLC media player. What’s more, it’s able to keep the original video resolution, AC 3 5.1 audio and subtitles after conversion.

Guide to Convert iTunes M4V to VLC Player

Now download the free trial of TunesKit iTunes DRM Video Converter and start to convert the DRM-ed M4V videos to VLC for playback.

1. Load iTunes M4V files to TunesKit M4V Converter by either clicking “Add Files” button or dragging and dropping.

2. Select the output folder, audio tracks, and subtitles as you like.

3. Start to convert iTunes M4V to MP4 by clicking “Convert” button.

Once the conversion completes, you can find the output MP4 videos without DRM and import them to VLC media player for playing.

How to Stream iTunes Movies to Roku 3 via Plex Media Server

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Roku has made it easy for us to watch popular movies and TV shows on HDTV from various online media channels, such as YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Spotify and so on. Besides, we can also use Roku to stream media content from our local network or computer to watch on television via Plex. Now it has been developed to the latest generation Roku 3 which is considered the biggest competitor to Apple TV, another top-leading media streaming box. However, there’s one thing that may draw Roku 3 behind Apple TV is that we are not allowed to watch iTunes movies on TV via Roku 3 but only Apple TV due to the DRM protection on iTunes movies. To some extent, that might be the last hurdle keeping Roku from being a total Apple TV killer. But in this article, we will show you a simple way to stream the DRM-ed iTunes movies to Roku 3 via Plex media server by firstly removing the DRM lock from iTunes movies.

Here we are talking about TunesKit iTunes DRM Video Converter (Mac & Windows), a smart and professional iTunes DRM removal tool mainly developed to remove DRM restriction from both rented and purchased iTunes movies and TV shows. It boasts to work at 20x faster speed in converting iTunes M4V movies to MP4 without losing any quality. Besides, it also allows you to preserve AC 3 5.1 surround audio, subtitles according to your requirements. With this powerful iTunes DRM video converter, you can easily break the DRM lock and stream the DRM-free iTunes movies to Roku 3 for watching on TV.

How to Remove DRM and Convert iTunes M4V to MP4

1. Import iTunes Movies to TunesKit. You can either click “Add Files” button or drag the files from iTunes media folder to add the movies to the converter.

2. Customize Output Settings. Once the movies are loaded successfully, you can choose the output folder, audio track and subtitle as you like.

3. Convert iTunes Movies to MP4. When the settings are adjusted OK, click “Convert” to begin converting iTunes DRM M4V to MP4.

Guide to Stream DRM-free iTunes Movies to Roku 3 via Plex Media Server

When the conversion completes, you can go to the output folder to find the converted iTunes movies without DRM and stream them to Roku 3 by following the steps below.

1. Install Plex server on your Mac. Once the Plex server is installed successfully, it will detect all of the movies, television shows, and music on your Mac.

2. Install Plex server on Roku 3. First you’ll need to download and install the Plex Channel on your Roku. Because it’s not a default channel currently, so we have to do this manually on Roku website under your Roku account.

3. Configure Plex on the Roku. You have to configure the Plex server before steaming the videos on Mac. Then you can better watch the iTunes movies on Roku 3.

Video Tutorial to Stream iTunes Movies to Roku 3

You can also follow this video tutorial to learn how to remove iTunes DRM with TunesKit and stream iTunes movies to Roku 3 via Plex.