“I like iTunes videos, and I often purchase or rent iTunes movies and iTunes TV shows from iTunes store. I find iTunes videos fascinating, and I’d much like to share iTunes videos on video-sharing sites such as YouTube with friends. I learn that iTunes videos are contained in M4V video format. Does YouTube support M4V? Can I upload iTunes M4V to YouTube?”

As a matter of fact, we don’t see the trace of M4V video format in YouTube’s supported video format list. Besides, iTunes DRM videos are under Apple’s FairPlay Digital Rights Management (DRM). DRM protection makes it impossible to play or share iTunes videos elsewhere other than on Apple devices or players, unless DRM protection is removed. In order to upload iTunes M4V to YouTube, we need to remove DRM protection from iTunes video, and convert iTunes M4V to YouTube compatible video format. Check out the post to learn how to share iTunes M4V videos on YouTube.

Part 1: YouTube Compatible Video Formats

Sometimes when we try to upload video files to YouTube, we would receive the error message like “invalid file format error message when you’re uploading”. Why is it happening? It is because the formats of video files we upload are not accepted by YouTube. Therefore it is necessary for us to figure out what video formats are compatible with YouTube.

.MOV Apple’s QuickTime container format
.MPEG-4 (.MP4) The standardized container for MPEG-4
.AVI A Windows’ standard multimedia container
.WMV A collection of Microsoft proprietary video
.MPEGPS commonly used by MPEG program stream format
.FLV The format used to deliver MPEG video through Flash Player
3GPP Usually used on mobile phones
WebM A standard format for HTML5 code

Part 2: Remove DRM Protection from iTunes M4V Videos and Convert iTunes M4V to YouTube Video

After we figure out YouTube’s supported video formats, we can start to remove DRM protection from iTunes M4V videos and convert iTunes M4V to YouTube video. Here I am going to present Leawo TunesCopy to you. As a professional iTunes DRM removal program, Leawo TunesCopy is able to remove DRM protection from iTunes M4V videos. Besides, the program can convert iTunes M4V to common MP4, a universally accepted video format. Therefore the program can be regarded as iTunes to YouTube converter. Download and install Leawo TunesCopy on your computer, and kick off the program to begin DRM removal process and iTunes M4V to YouTube MP4 video conversion process by following the guide below.

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Guide on how to remove DRM protection from iTunes M4V videos and convert iTunes M4V to YouTube MP4 Video with Leawo TunesCopy:

Step 1: Add iTunes DRM M4V Video

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On the main interface of TunesCopy, 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 DRM M4V video and click “Add” to begin importing iTunes DRM M4V videos into TunesCopy. TunesCopy allows you to import all files at a single time by clicking “Add All” button.

Step 2: Choose Audio Tracks and Subtitles

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After importing iTunes DRM movies into TunesCopy, 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 movie, 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

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Click “…” button at the bottom of “Home” list to set an output directory for containing output MP4 file.

Step 4: Remove DRM Protection from iTunes M4V Videos and Convert iTunes DRM M4V to YouTube MP4 Video

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

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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

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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.

Part 3: Upload iTunes M4V to YouTube After Converting iTunes M4V to YouTube Video

After iTunes DRM M4V is converted to YouTube MP4 video, you can start to upload iTunes M4V to YouTube. Follow the guide below to upload M4V to YouTube (now in MP4 video format).

  1. Sign into your YouTube account.
  2. Click on “Upload” at the top of the page.
  3. Before you start uploading the video you can choose the video privacy settings.
  4. Select the video you’d like to upload from your computer.
  5. As the video is uploading you can edit both the basic information and the advanced settings of the video, and decide if you want to notify subscribers (if you uncheck this option no communication will be shared with your subscribers). Partners will also be able to adjust their Monetization settings.
  6. Click “Publish” to finish uploading a public video to YouTube. If you set the video privacy setting to “Private” or “Unlisted”, just click “Done” to finish the upload or click “Share” to privately share your video.
  7. If you haven’t clicked Publish, your video won’t be viewable by other people. You can always publish your video at a later time in your Video Manager.

Now that you have uploaded iTunes DRM M4V to YouTube, you can share them with your friends online. Enjoy your friendship!