“I bought a full length movie in iTunes and I want to use bits of it in a school project but when I tried to insert it into Windows Movie Maker it did not work. I figured I had to somehow convert the format of the movie, but I am not sure how to do it.”
Have you ever encountered such problems? Indeed, the movie purchased or rent from iTunes store cannot be edited in Windows Movie Maker directly. Why? For apple users, it is a long-term problem. Since iTunes video is copy protected under Apple’s Digital Rights Management (DRM), which makes it impossible to play iTunes video on non-Apple products. Windows Movie Maker is no exception! Thus, the users who owns Windows Movie Maker are always looking for an effective way to solve this problems. Here I would like to share an effective solution for reference to help people to convert and import iTunes movies to Windows Movies Maker for unlimited enjoyment.
Part 1: Brief introduction of Windows Movie Maker and its compatible video formats.
As we know, Windows Movie Maker is a popular and powerful video creating/editing software application developed by Microsoft. With this application, Windows users could create and edit videos & slide shows, including add special effects, transitions, sound, and captions to help tell your story. And then you can share the movie with friends and family.
Nevertheless, Windows Movie Maker is also not all-powerful. Some videos can’t be imported to into Windows Movie Maker for editing, the movies downloaded or purchased from iTunes Store included. As mentioned above, iTunes video is copy protected under Apple’s Digital Rights Management (DRM), which makes it impossible to play iTunes video on non-Apple products, like Windows Movie Maker. And it is also necessary to know that Windows Movie Maker supports WMV, MOV, AVI, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, MPG, MPEG file formats and so on. We need to do first is to remove DRM protection from iTunes movies and then convert M4V videos to other video formats supported by Windows Movie Maker. Leawo TunesCopy is one of the best options.
Part 2: Recommendation of Professional iTunes DRM Removal (Leawo TunesCopy)
In fact, there are more and more iTunes DRM Removal nowadays. People have various options. Here I would like to recommend one of the best iTunes DRM Removal program, named Leawo TunesCopy. Leawo TunesCopy is designed to remove DRM from iTunes video, be it iTunes movie or iTunes TV Show. Besides, the program can perform as an all-in-one iTunes DRM media converter for converting iTunes M4V to DRM-free MP4 video. With this powerful program, you are able to convert iTunes DRM M4V to MP4, universally acceptable video format. And then you can import and edit iTunes movies on Windows Movie Maker and other media players or mobile devices. Don’t hesitate to give it a try. Here you can download and install Leawo TunesCopy first and then follow the guide on how to convert and edit itunes movie to Windows Movie Maker with Leawo TunesCopy step by step.
Part 3: Convert and edit iTunes Movies to Windows Movie Maker with Leawo TunesCopy
Before you edit the iTunes movies on Windows Movie Maker, you need to remove DRM from iTunes movies and convert iTunes M4V to Windows Movie Maker’s compatible MP4 video format. Check out the guide below to convert DRM-protected iTunes M4V movies to Windows Movie Maker’s compatible MP4 video format.
Step 1. Add iTunes M4V Movies
Open up Leawo TunesCopy, enter into the home page of it, then click “Add Files” button at the sub-menu bar to browse and choose M4V rental or purchase in the pop-up “Add Files” panel. Choose desired movies for importing into the program.
Step 2. Select Audio Tracks and Subtitles
After importing your iTunes movies into TunesCopy, you can choose an M4V and click “Edit” button to freely choose audio tracks and subtitles for keeping in the output MP4 video file.
Step 3. Set Output Directory
Click “…” button at the bottom of “Home” list to set an output directory for containing output MP4 file.
Step 4. Start to Remove DRM from iTunes M4V movies and Convert M4V to MP4
Click the blue “Convert” button at the bottom for removing DRM from M4V and then it can convert M4V to MP4 at the same time. After a while, the iTunes DRM removal and conversion process will be completed.
After you get the converted iTunes movies in MP4 format, you can import them into Windows Movie Maker without limitation and then start editing. I know there are lots of other iTunes DRM removal programs. You can give them a try if you need. But in my opinion, Leawo TunesCopy is the best as I have used it for a certain time and it always gives me perfect user experience. Thus Leawo TunesCopy is recommended.