Do you want to put your favorite DVD movies on your iPhone so that you can enjoy the DVD movies on the go only to find the DVD is not supported by any portable Apple devices? As we all know, most portable devices don’t have the DVD drive for DVD playback, and Apple devices are with no exception. Most of you may spend a great deal of time in looking for ways to convert DVD to M4V for your iPhone, iPad, iPod, and so on? Such being the case, the post will come in handy as it teaches you how to convert DVD to M4V with 3 different professional DVD ripping programs to rip DVD to M4V and many other popular video and audio formats.

Part 1: Basic Knowledge about M4V

The M4V file format is a video container format developed by Apple and is very similar to the MP4 format. Apple uses M4V to encode video files, such as TV episodes, movies, and music videos, in its iTunes Store. But M4V files may optionally be protected by DRM copy protection. The copyright of M4V files may be protected by using Apple's FairPlay DRM copy protection.

To play a protected M4V file, the computer needs to be authorized (using iTunes) with the account that was used to purchase the video. However, unprotected M4V files may be recognized and played by other video players by changing the file extension from ".m4v" to ".mp4". Under QuickTime, M4V video with FairPlay attached to it is identified as AVC0 Media.

Besides Apple iTunes and the Apple QuickTime Player, M4V files can also be opened and played with Media Player Classic, K-Multimedia Player, RealPlayer, Zoom Player, VLC media player, MPlayer, DivX Plus Player, and Nero Showtime (included with Nero Multimedia Suite). The format, with DRM removed, can also be played in the webOS Video Player for use on the Palm Pre, Palm Pixi smartphones. It is also playable by the Android operating system with its video player. It is used as the default video conversion format for HandBrake and Air Video Server on the Macintosh. Handbrake-produced M4V files can also be played on the PlayStation 3, with full Dolby Digital 5.1 surround support.