Apple iTunes store offers hundreds and thousands of videos and slideshows for you to purchase and download. You could purchase and download your favorite videos freely. Generally, these purhcased and downloaded videos are in .m4v extension, which could be played back on iTunes and QuickTime player. There are cases when you want to play M4V files on DVD player or HD TV. You then need to burn M4V to DVD disc. This tutorial will offer you detailed information on burning M4V to DVD on Mac and Windows.


Part 1: What is M4V File Format

Designed by Apple and similar to the MP4 format, M4V file format is a video container format that is used to encode video files like TV episodes, movies and music videos in Apple’s iTunes Store. M4V files purchased and downloaded from iTunes Store are usually protected with 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, Free Blu-ray Player, MPlayer, DivX Plus Player, and Nero Showtime (included with Nero Multimedia Suite).

To convert M4V to DVD on Mac or Windows, you need firstly make sure whether your M4V files are DRM protected or not. If M4V files are protected, you have to remove the protection beforehand.

Removing DRM protection might not be allowed in some places. However, it is supposted that everyone should have the right to remove DRM protection of purchased iTunes M4V videos for personal use. To remove DRM protection of M4V files, there are a lot of DRM removal tools to make use of, such as Tuneskit, Video Converter, etc.