What are M4V files?
Media files, such as movies, TV shows or music videos, purchased or downloaded from iTunes come in the format of M4V. M4V is a MPEG-4 file extension, so it is actually similar to MP4. The exception is that if purchased from iTunes, it comes with DRM protection. This means DRM-protected M4V files can only be played on the device on which you downloaded.
Why convert M4V to MP4?
A most obvious reason to convert M4V to MP4 is so that you are not restricted to one device. MPEG-4 Part 14 files come with the extension MP4, which commonly store MPEG defined video and audio streams. MP4 can also store subtitles, still images and other data. MP4 is a widely used extension that can be supported by many portable devices like iPod, iPhone, PSP, Android, Blackberry, etc; popular players such as Windows Media Player, VLC, Real, etc; and top video editing software including Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, etc.
Therefore, to fully enjoy your M4V files, you have to be able to convert DRM-protected M4V to DRM-free MP4.
How to convert M4V to MP4?
If the M4V file you have is not protected, there are many ways to convert it to MP4 for free. For example, simply changing the extension may do the trick. Or use HandBrake or QuickTime Pro to export as MP4 can also be an option. However, with DRM protection, you cannot do this without getting an error message, usually stating that no valid video source could be found.
To convert DRM-protected M4V to DRM-free MP4 without fuss, simply download and install Video Converter Ultimate for Mac.
To remove DRM from M4V and M4A in Windows, download and purchase from the following links (tutorial available here: Remove DRM Protection from Audio/Video).
After installation, run the program.
- Drag your MOV file to the program to add the file for conversion to MP4.
- The output formats are sorted by the output purpose, such as for transfer to devices, for editing or for web sharing, etc. Choose MP4 under the “Video” tab.
- Choose an output destination in which your converted file will be saved. You may wish to turn on the “Merge All Videos” option if you want to merge multiple videos into one.
- Simply click the convert button to start converting M4V to MP4.
Special Features of Video Converter Ultimate for Mac
This software is one of the best software for converting M4V files to MP4 on Mac. It can convert formats that can comfortably be viewed in iPhone, Apple TV, iPad, Final Cut Pro, etc. It also works for HD and 3D formats such as HD MOV, HD MP4, HD MKV, HD MTS, 3D MP4, etc. Conversion to web sharing formats for uploading to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo is also supported. Not only so, you can choose to extract audio only, be it in MP3 or in directly as an iPhone ringtone. Download this software and enjoy the most out of your purchased media!
You do not have to worry about quality loss and time consumption in converting high quality large video files. This software uses the groundbreaking APEXTRANS™ TECHNOLOGY to increase conversion speed 30 times faster WITHOUT quality loss! Such high speed is also possible even when you batch convert multiple video and audio files.
Uniquely, the software also allows you to download directly from the web, such as from YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu, Google and over 100 other sites. You can also burn your videos into DVD directly on this software.
Feel like making your video unique? You may edit and touch up your video in this software. Adjust brightness, contrast, saturation and volume. Trim length, crop frame size, merge videos, remove full screen black edges or add watermark and video effects to personalize. Include subtitles in srt, ass or ssa formats or select existing subtitles. You can also take snapshots of a scene from the video to keep as an still image.
For just $69.00, you not only get to enjoy fully your purchased M4V by converting to MP4, you can do loads of video conversions for other purposes. You will definitely love this software and find the money well spent!