Someone raised a question on MacRumors Forums: “How can I convert movies and TV shows downloaded from iTunes from M4V to MP4? Or can I even do that given they are copy protected?” He is not probably the only one who may have such problem. Here the article would give you some guidance on how to convert iTunes M4V to MP4 with powerful M4V to MP4 Converters.

To change M4V to MP4, you need know what M4V is at first. M4V is a video container format especially developed by Apple for encoding videos, movies, music videos, etc. in its iTunes store. Usually the M4V video files you purchased or rented from iTunes are protected by Apple’s FairPlay DRM (Digital Rights Management) copy protection aiming to restrict copying or piracy, which means a M4V movie purchased or rented from iTunes Store is only allowed to be played on Apple devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc.. However, if you want to put the DRM M4V videos on third-party players, you have to remove the DRM protection form the M4V movies firstly and then convert the movies to popular video formats like MP4.

There are different solutions for M4V to MP4 converting for both the un-protected and protected M4V videos respectively, such as M4V to MP4 converters software and M4V to MP4 converters online solution. Firstly, for M4V video without RDM protection, Leawo Video Converter would be one of the most powerful software at hand to change it to MP4. And secondly for M4V video under protection, Leawo TunesCopy will give greater help on removing the protection and converting M4V to MP4 for any other converters. Furthermore, there is online solution to convert M4V to MP4 free when necessary. Here come the solutions in detail.

Solution 1: How to Converted M4V to MP4 with Leawo Video Converter

Leawo Video Converter is the video file converter for you to convert videos between all popular formats like AVI, MP4, MOV, MP3, AAC, FLAC, etc. Since it is user-friendly and easier to be operated no matter where you are only if you have a laptop, it is applicable for almost all users to convert M4V to MP4. To change M4V to MP4 with the Leawo Video Converter, you can follow the steps below after downloading and installing the M4V to MP4 converter.


Step 1: Load M4V Video Files.

Click on the “Add Video” icon on the top bar of the software, or directly drag and drop M4V videos to the program.


Note: you can merge all files into one big file with this program. Simply click the blue “Merge all files into one” button, next to the big green “Convert” button, to merge all files into one. Moreover, you could play back loaded media files, add external subtitles to loaded video file, edit loaded video files via the internal video editor, etc.

Step 2. Choose Output Format

Open the drop-down box right next to the big green “Convert” button and then click the “Change” to enter the “Profile” panel, where you could select MP4 Video as output format from “Format” groups, or make use of the profile search bar to search MP4 Video quickly.


Step 3: Set the Converted Video Parameters.

On the drop-down box, clicking the “Edit” option, you could enter the “Profile Settings” interface to adjust MP4 video parameters of selected output profile, including: Video Codec, Quality, Video Size, Bit Rate, Frame Rate, Aspect Ratio as well as Audio Codec, Quality, Bit Rate, Sample Rate, Channels, etc.


Step 4: Convert Video in M4V to MP4.

Click on the big green “Convert” button and on the popup sidebar, set a directory to save the output video files in the “Save to” box. Then click the bottom “Convert” button on the sidebar to start converting the M4V video files till it’s 100% complete, click “Finish”. Then you get the final videos in MP4 version.


Solution 2: How to convert iTunes M4V to MP4 by Leawo TunesCopy

Leawo TunesCopy is designed to remove DRM from M4V and then you can convert iTunes M4V to MP4 free with its trial version built. For iTunes M4V Videos under DRM protection to MP4 videos, it is necessary to convert iTunes M4V to MP4 with Leawo TunesCopy since this program is a professional iTunes DRM removal program to remove DRM from iTunes video, movies and TV show, as well as an all-in-one iTunes DRM media converter to convert iTunes M4V to MP4 DRM-free video. And here comes the guide step by step. You need to download and install Leawo TunesCopy on your computer first.

Step 1: Add M4V File(s) from iTunes

After entering the main interface of TunesCopy, you can click “Add Files” button on the sub-menu bar.


Step 2: Choose Audio Tracks and Subtitles

After importing M4V files into TunesCopy, you can view the file list under different categories “All”, “Movie”, and “TV Show”. Before removing DRM from iTunes M4V, you can choose an M4V and click “Edit” button to freely choose audio tracks and subtitles for the output MP4 video file.


Step 3: Set Output Directory

Set an output directory for containing output MP4 file at the bottom of “Home” list.


Step 4: Start to Remove DRM from M4V and Convert iTunes M4V to MP4

Click the blue “Convert” button at the bottom for removing DRM from M4V and converting M4V to MP4. After a while, the iTunes DRM removal and conversion process will be completed.


Step 5: Locate Converted Video File

After conversion completes, you can find the converted iTunes video file now in MP4 video format under “Converted” section. You can click the “Open file” option at the end of a target file to open the output MP4 file. Alternatively, you can make use of the quick searching bar at the bottom for fast locating.

Solution 3: How to convert M4V to MP4 free online

Moreover, since MP4 is a much more universally recognized video format by various video players and mobile devices, there are also some other free M4V to MP4 converters that are online for helping M4V videos without RDM protection. Zamzar is the known popular converter for changing MP4 to M4V online.

To convert MP4 to M4V online by using the program, you simply need to add the desired file, select output format, and enter the email address. Once the file is converted, the download link is sent to the mentioned email ID.


Anyway, there is M4V to MP4 converter software like Leawo Video Converter that help you convert M4V videos without RDM protection to MP4 videos, Leawo iTunesCopy that support RDM removal and conversion of protected M4V to MP4, and the M4V to MP4 converter online that can also convert M4V to MP4 free in simple steps. You will never be trapped by the problem on how to get a playable MP4 video from a M4V video anymore.