How to Edit Protected iTunes Movies in iMovie on Mac

Q: "I'm trying to edit a movie I purchased from iTunes. But I just get stuck at the very first step of importing the movie. It can't be added successfully into iMovie as the movie is just grey out. If I drag the file to iMovie directly, nothing happens. What can I do in order to edit my iTunes movie in iMovie? Any workaround there?"

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As we know, iMovie is a free bundled video editing software for Mac and iOS devices. Developed by Apple, iMovie is a powerful video editor for both beginners and professionals with a variety of video footages and effects provided. If you use iMovie, you may also like to use Apple's other services. Here we are talking about iTunes, Apple's well-known online digital store selling movies, TV shows and other media content. For any chance, you may also want to edit your downloaded iTunes movies with iMovie sometimes. In this case, you can follow this guide to learn how to easily import movies from iTunes to iMovie for further editing on Mac OSX.

Part 1. Why Can't We Import iTunes Movies to iMovie Directly

Firstly, you need to have a clear understanding about iTunes movies and TV shows before you can import them to iMovie. In order to protect the copyright and privacy of the media content, iTunes movies and TV shows are encoded with Apple's FairPlay DRM, because of which the iTunes videos come with a protected .M4V format that can only be smoothly played on iTunes, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV under the specific Apple ID used to purchase or rent the movie. They can't be copied and played on other programs or devices, including the iMovie video editing tool. In result, it just refuses our request when trying to add iTunes movies to iMovie.

Part 2. Best Solution to Edit iTunes Movies in iMovie

In order to make the iTunes movies recognized and editable by iMovie,you must remove the DRM protection from iTunes movies at the first place. Besides, since iMovie only supports MPEG-4, .MOV, HDV and AVCHD, you'll need to convert the DRM-free iTunes M4V to iMovie compatible formats. To solve the problem in one step, we are introducing DRmare iTunes M4V Converter, which will help you easily remove the iTunes FairPlay DRM while converting the M4V videos to MPEG4 or MOV formats for iMovie. It also provides preset profile of iMovie so that you can directly convert the iTunes movies to meet the iMovie settings.

DRmare iTunes to iMovie Converter

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  • Remove DRM protection from iTunes M4V rentals and purchases.
  • Convert iTunes DRM M4V to MP4, MOV and other formats.
  • Convert iTunes videos to preset iMovie profile.
  • Retain original audio tracks, subtitles, AC3 5.1 Dolby, closed captions.
  • Compatible with the latest iTunes and macOS.

Part 3. How to Remove DRM and Convert iTunes Movies to iMovie

Now you can follow the complete guide as below to convert your iTunes M4V movies for editing in iMovie with 3 steps only.

Step 1Load iTunes M4V Videos
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Launch the DRmare iTunes to iMovie Converter on your Mac. You can then add your iTunes movies or TV episodes to DRmare in two ways. One is clicking the "Add" icon at the bottom left of the program. Then you can choose the movies or TV shows you want to import to iMovie from the drop-down iTunes library list. The other way to add the movies is dragging the iTunes files directly to the converter.
Step 2Set Output Profile for iMovie
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To make the protected iTunes movies editable by iMovie, you should choose a proper output format in DRmare. Currently it provides optimized profile for iMovie as well as MOV, MP4 and other iMovie compatible formats. Here we'll choose the specific ready-made iMovie format in Formats > Apple > iMovie.
Step 3Convert iTunes M4V to iMovie
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When all settings are adjusted, you can click "Convert" button at the bottom right of DRmare and begin to convert your iTunes M4V videos to iMovie. After the conversion, you can locate the converted video files without DRM and then import them into iMovie for cutting and editing as freely as you want.

Video Tutorial: How to Convert iTunes Movies to iMovie

If you prefer to video tutorial, you can follow this video guide to learn how to remove iTunes DRM and convert iTunes movies to edit with iMovie by using DRmare M4V Converter.

June 21, 2017 11:50 am

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