Do you have different videos from multiple locations? If so, you may find that it is kind of troublesome to access and play the videos because usually you have to transfer them first before playing. Thanks to development of multimedia technology. Nowadays, you don't need to worry that any more. With a dedicated media managing and streaming software, you can get access to all kinds of media files from computers, NAS, online cloud and Wi-Fi routers and play them on any devices freely. However, it doesn't support iTunes digital media files such as the videos, music. To find out the details, please continue to go through the post.
Part 1. What is Plex and Why iTunes Videos Can't be Played on Plex Directly
Quick introduction to Plex
Plex is a client-server media player system which comprised of two parts Plex Media Server and Plex Media Player.
Plex Media Server is a media managing software which can be downloaded to computers like Windows, MacOS, LInux , NAS, Wifi routers or just runs on Plex cloud. By settings up the server, it can add the videos from your library and make they accessible by other devices within the same Plex account.
Plex Media Player is also known as the Plex App. It supports Android, Windows, IOS phones, Sonos, Chromecast, Nvidia Shield, Xbox One, Smart TV, Amazon Alexa and etc. And it can help you play the local media file under a free account and stream the videos which you have added to the Plex Media Server under a premium subscription membership.
Why iTunes videos can't be played on Plex
Plex is powerful for almost all kinds of contents, but it can't access the iTunes videos. The reason is obvious for everyone, it is because the iTunes videos are locked by the digital rights managements. Apple don't want their digital media files to be copied or shared out of their own ecosystem. With this DRM protection, even for the Apple devices including Mac computers, IOS mobile devices, you are required to authorize the videos before you can play, let alone other non-Apple devices. In addition, there is not a sign that when this DRM mechanism would be changed or removed by Apple itself, so the videos are likely to be locked with this DRM decryption in the foreseeable time.
Part 2. How to Remove DRM from iTunes M4V with DRMare M4V to Plex Converter
Instead of waiting hopelessly, you'd better seek a way to break DRM by yourself. By using a professional FairPlay DRM cracker DRmare M4V to Plex Converter for Windows/Mac, removing DRM and getting the DRM free video files is just a few clicks away. Similar to converting other videos, you can accomplish the goal within 3 steps too.
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Dragging & Dropping the iTunes video files is the simplest way to import them and it is preferred by most users. Or you can press the 'Add Files' icon at the bottom left and choose your files precisely.
Step 2Set the output format for Plex Media Server
Plex supports a lot of formats such as MPEG4, H264, ASF, MKV, WebM, MOV, WMV, MP4, AVI etc., you can select different formats which fits your destination playback device best. Typically, it is better to choose the web formats such as WebM if the internet speed is low. For Windows Plex App offline playing, you can choose AVI. If you just want to play across all kinds of devices, MP4 is highly recommended.
Step 3Apply the settings to convert your videos
When do you do the settings, the videos are not changed until you click the conversion button to start to convert them. DRmare M4V to Plex Converter supports get rid of the DRM automatically too during the converting process. When it is done, you will get all the DRM free videos you desired.
Part 3. How to Play iTunes Videos on Multiple Devices via Plex Media Server
Finally, you can start to sync the videos to the Plex Media Server and play the videos on other devices via the Plex App. To do so, you need to download the Plex Media Server and the Plex App on your devices and sign up a new account to log in. When you run the Plex Media Server software for the first time, it can help to search and add the media files automatically. Please note that the features are limited under a free account, you can only stream the videos via Plex App on a limited devices such as casting the videos on Smart TV etc.
It doesn't have he feature to stream videos on the Windows, Android IOS Plex App. If you want to play videos to all kinds of devices, then you have to subscribe the premium subscription(Plex Pass) or pay a one-time fee to activate the Plex App. It is not expensive only $4.99/month or $39.99/year or $119.99 for a lifetime. With a Premium membership, you can even access to a lot of extra features like automatic photo-tagging, live TV, Plex DVR, mobile sync, cloud Sync and a lot more. You may go to the official website to learn more details. In a word, Plex is not totally free, but it does offer a new way for you to experience videos, you may try it out anyway.
Video Guide to Stream iTunes M4V Movies with Plex Media Server