Videos in iTunes store are under Apple’s DRM protection, and those iTunes videos are contained in M4V format. In other words, iTunes videos are encrypted/DRM protected M4V video. More often than not, iTunes M4V videos have multiple audio tracks and subtitles. In order to remove DRM from iTunes M4V videos and at the same time to retain all original audio tracks and subtitles, you can convert M4V to MKV with an M4V to MKV converter as MKV video file can hold an unlimited number of audio tracks, and subtitles in one file.
Of course, you can make use of an iTunes M4V to MKV converter to convert DRM protected M4V video to MKV. However, this kind of converter is time-wasting as it needs to decode and encode. and may be high in price. Here I am going to introduce you to a professional iTunes DRM media converter – Leawo Prof. DRM Video Converter. Without the need to decode and encode, Leawo Prof. DRM Video Converter is able to remove DRM from iTunes M4V and convert M4V to MP4 by default at a 50 times faster speed compared to competitors. After that, you can import MP4 files into a video converter, and then convert them to MKV. In other words, M4V to MKV conversion process is divided into 2 parts: converting M4V to MP4 first, and then converting MP4 to MKV. Check out below to convert iTunes M4V video to MKV.
Part 1: Introduction to Professional iTunes DRM Media Converter – Leawo Prof. DRM Video Converter
To remove DRM protection from iTunes M4V, you need to download and install a professional iTunes DRM media converter. As an excellent iTunes DRM removal and iTunes DRM media converter, Leawo Prof. DRM Video Converter is designed to remove DRM protection from iTunes M4V videos, and then convert M4V to MP4. Unlike other iTunes DRM media converters, Prof. DRM Video Converter does not decode and encode, which makes it 50 times faster to remove iTunes M4V DRM. As a matter of fact, the output MP4 file can keep all source audio tracks and subtitles as well. The converter allows you to import and convert iTunes M4V videos file in batch. Download and install Leawo Prof. DRM Video Converter on your computer to get ready for DRM removal process.
Part 2: Convert iTunes DRM M4V to MP4 Beforehand with Leawo Prof. DRM Video Converter
After the installation of Leawo Prof. DRM Video Converter on your computer, kick off the program to begin the first part of converting M4V to MKV: convert iTunes DRM M4V to MP4.
Guide on how to convert iTunes DRM M4V to MP4 with Leawo Prof. DRM Video Converter:
Step 1: Add iTunes DRM M4V Videos
After entering the main interface of Prof. DRM Video Converter, you can click “Add Files” button on the sub-menu bar or “Add Files” button in the middle of program interface to browse and choose iTunes DRM M4V videos in the pop-up “Add Files” panel. Choose at least one iTunes M4V video and click “Add” to begin importing iTunes M4V video into Prof. DRM Video Converter. Prof. DRM Video Converter allows you to import all files at a single time by clicking “Add All” button.
Step 2: Choose Audio Tracks and Subtitles
After importing iTunes DRM M4V videos into Prof. DRM Video Converter, you can choose one file and click “Remove” button to remove the file from the list. The “Clear” button on the sub-menu bar is designed for removing all files in the list at one go. Before removing DRM from iTunes M4V, you can choose a file 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: Convert iTunes DRM M4V to MP4
Click the blue “Convert” button at the bottom for removing DRM from iTunes M4V and converting to MP4. After a while, the iTunes DRM removal and conversion process will be completed.
Note: Before conversion process takes place, you will be asked to authorize the computer for playing the iTunes video if you have not yet authorized the computer.
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.
Now that you have sucessfully converted iTunes DRM M4V to MP4, you can add output MP4 video files into a video converter for the next part: converting MP4 to MKV.
Part 3: Convert MP4 to MKV Afterwards with Video Converter
The video converter I recommend using here is Leawo Video Converter. As a professional video converter, it can convert video and audio files between 180+ formats, including MP4 to MKV, MKV to MP4, MP4 to MP3, MP4 to MOV, MP3 to AAC, etc. You can also add external subtitles for keeping in the converted result. Video editing features are also available at the same time. Download and install Leawo Video Converter on your computer, and then start to convert MP4 to MKV.
Guide on how to convert MP4 to MKV with Leawo Video Converter:
Step 1: Import source MP4 videos
Click “Add Video” icon to browse the output directoty set in Part 2 and choose source MP4 videos for importing and loading. You could load as many source videos as you have.
Step 2: Set MKV as output format
Click the drop-down box next to the “Add Photo” button, and then select “Change” option to enter a Profile window, on which you need to select MKV as output format from “Format > Common Video” group.
Note: To set parameters of output MKV files like video codec, aspect ratio, frame rate, resolution, audio codec, bit rate, channel, sample rate, etc., you need to reopen the drop-down box and then select “Edit” option to enter the Profile Settings panel to carry out these settings.
Step 3: Set output directory
After setting the parameters, return to the main interface. Move mouse to the big green “Convert” button and then click it to invoke output directory setting sidebar, where you could set output directory in the “Save to” box.
Step 4: Convert MP4 to MKV
Finally, click the bottom “Convert” button at the sibebar to start converting MP4 to MKV with this MP4 to MKV converter.
Now that you have successfully converted iTunes DRM M4V to MKV, you can freely enjoy those iTunes M4V videos on your MKV player. Enjoy!