Top 4 Ways to Free Convert M4V to MP4

M4V and MP4 are both very similar video container formats. As the common video files, they could be played on many players. However, there are still some mobile devices and players don't support protected M4V. That is why we need to convert M4V videos to MP4.

The most direct way is to rename M4V to MP4, but it may not work for some special codec M4V files. Fortunately, there are many converters that can help you out. Here I will offer you 4 methods to convert M4V to MP4 free with online video converter or downloaded freeware.

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Part 1. Transcode M4V Movies with DRmare M4V to MP4 Converter

Now, as most common video converters can't defeat or circumvent the copy protection of iTunes videos. Hence, you need a specific software to convert iTunes M4V to MP4. DRmare M4V Video Converter is one of the best iTunes M4V to MP4 converters of 2019, because of its fastest converting speed, powerful features as well as lossless quality.

It will save your time when converting multiple videos with the batch converting feature. The output video quality won't be changed as it does a 1:1 Copy during converting. No matter what kinds of iTunes videos such as movies, TV shows, extras, purchases, rentals you have, DRmare will convert iTunes movies to MP4 and other video formats with ease.

DRmare iTunes M4V to MP4 Converter Key Features

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  • Easy, clean, intuitive interface with customizable language settings
  • Convert M4V videos to MP4, WMV, AVI, MOV and many other video formats
  • Support the latest version iTunes and both Mac and Windows systems
  • Fantastic free technical support, answer any technical questions promptly

In addition, the free trial version of DRmare M4V Converter is readily available, you can download it to try it out without time limitation and then follow the guide below to learn how to convert M4V to MP4 easily.

Step 1Import protected iTunes M4V movies
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To get started, you just need to drag and drop your iTunes M4V movies from your library or computer folder to the main program interface.
Step 2Customize video parameters(optional)
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Since the software have already set the output format as 'MP4' by default, you don't have to change it. But you can change bit rate, frame rate, audio track, subtitle to make your new videos look more personalized.
Step 3Start to convert M4V to MP4
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Now it is almost done. Just click 'Convert', you will get your MP4 output files within a few minutes. One thing you do need to keep in mind is that video converting is a memory-consuming job. So please don't do any other things on the computer during converting as it may affect the software from running.
Video TutorialHow to Convert iTunes Movies to MP4 on Windows
To get clear on how to convert M4V to MP4 with DRmare iTunes Video Converter, you could check the tutorial video below and see how to convert with ease.

Part 2. How to Convert M4V to MP4 Online Without Spending a Dime

Besides the downloaded program we introduced above, there are many free online converters such as FileZigZag, Zamzar, etc. You don't need to download or install the tools. Just make sure you have Internet connection, and you can go to the websites and be able to use them on the browser. The downside is that the converting and uploading speed is slow.

Take the FileZigZag as an example. It is a free M4V to MP4 converter, but it can only convert one file at a time and you are limited to convert only one file over 180MB(up to 2GB) one day for free. Now let's go to the FileZigZag website and start to convert a video with it.

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Step 1. Drag & drop your M4V movie file to the importing area or click 'Select' to browse a file from your computer. It may take a few minutes to upload.

Step 2. Click the 'Convert to' droplist and select the output format as 'MP4'.

Step 3. On the 'Email address' box, please input your email address. Make sure to input your right email.

Step 4. Click 'Convert' button to start converting. The converting time is a little long, so please wait patiently. When it is done, you will get the video download link by email.

Part 3. How to Convert M4V to MP4 with VLC Media Player

If you don't have a fast and stable Internet connection, the online converter may not help you. So you can turn to a free M4V converter. Among various similar software, VLC Media Player is highly recommended. VLC is commonly known as a cross platform player, but you may not know it is also a great free converter to convert plenty of video files. Here I will show you how to convert M4V to MP4 VLC with ease.

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Step 1. Launch VLC Player from your computer, you will see the main screen of it. Click 'Media' > 'Convert/Save' menu to open the video converting panel.

Step 2. Please click 'Add' menu and then select one or more M4V videos from your computer.

Step 3. Click 'Convert/Save' button under the converting window, it will pop up the options for you to select the output media format and output folder.

Step 4. After that, you can click 'Start' button to start transcoding your M4V to MP4 quickly.

Part 4. How to Convert M4V to MP4 in HandBrake

Another free M4V to MP4 converter you can rely on is HandBrake. HandBrake is a free and open-source encoder for digital video files, which can convert any videos to new files with different codecs. With this program, you can easily convert M4V to MP4 as below:

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Step 1. Open HandBrake Video Converter on your computer. Choose the source M4V video/folder or drop them to the interface.

Step 2. Go to the 'Summary' panel and set the output format as MP4 by clicking the 'Format' button. You're also allowed to customize the video codec, filters, dimensions, etc. if needed.

Step 3. After all the settings are ready, click the 'Start Encode' button and the software will start to convert all your M4V videos to MP4 immediately. Wait a while until the process ends.

Extra Tip: More Thing That You Need to Know about iTunes M4V

M4V is a file container format, which developed by Apple and protected with Apple's FairPlay copy right protection. Apple puts the protected M4V on its iTunes to encode TV shows, movies, music videos and so on. It means that the video files on iTunes Store can only allow to be played on authorized devices. As a result, this policy is quite convenient for those who want to play iTunes videos on other devices. Thus, more and more people are looking for the ways to convert iTunes M4V to MP4 so that they can watch videos anywhere.

Above we had showed you the best way on how to convert iTunes movies to MP4. You could follow this way to transcode your iTunes M4V videos to MP4 format and then you can stream converted iTunes video files to any other devices for offline playback.

Besides, we have also introduced 3 best ways to convert common M4V to MP4. Now, you can choose the suitable solution to convert M4V to MP4 according to your different M4V video files.

Nov 8, 2019 6:50 PM

Updated by Josh Williams to Convert iTunes Videos

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