"What do I need to do to Play iTunes Videos Offline? I am going to have a long distance trip tomorrow on a fight where there is no internet connection. Do I have to buy the movie or is it ok to just rent it at a lower price? It would be really fantastic if I could just rent the m4v movies to watch without Wifi. " - Question from Apple Communities.
Besides on a fight, there are times when we can't get access to Wifi such as on a subway/bus and so on. Sometimes even if we could just use the cellular data, it could cost us an arm and a leg to stream a big movie online. So that is not a feasible solution for most users. To get rid of this pain, I will offer the detailed tutorial to watch iTunes M4V videos offline.
For any common videos such as home shot or created films, you can play them freely offline as long as you download them to your playback devices like computers or mobile phones. But this is not the case for iTunes rentals and purchases as they are locked with the FairPlay digital rights management protection. It is much harder to do that for iTunes film.
1. Launch iTunes and login with the iTunes account and password.
2. Go to the 'Movies' or 'TV Shows' section to authorize and download the iTunes rental or purchased videos to your local computers. If you are using iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, the files will show on the Videos app after downloading.
3. Initialize the playback with internet connection. Just double click the movie you want to start to play and then pause it. Once you have started playing the movie, internet connection is not required.
4. Please keep your devices on and don't close the iTunes or Videos app. When you are on a fight, you can click the playback button to continue to enjoy the iTunes film.
Note: You can only initialize one movie on a device. For an iTunes rental, after initializing the playback, you have only 48 hours to finish watching. If unfortunately you close the player by accident, you won't be able to initialize it again offline.
That is not acceptable for most users. Because users have paid for the digital contents, they should use them legally without any limitations. Do you feel the same way? If so, we'd recommend you to remove DRM copy protection so that to play them freely as well as keeping your iTunes rentals forever. You can either using a free recorder such as Game Bar/QuickTime Player to record or use a professional DRM remover to batch convert your iTunes movies.
On a Windows PC, you can use the free Game Bar. It is originally designed to record video games, but you can use it to record iTunes videos as well. Just press the Windows + G keys, a popup will appear asking if you would like to open Game Bar. Then choose 'Yes' and click the red 'recording' button to start. When it is done, you can press the red button again to stop. The videos will be saved to the 'Video Captures' folder on the computer for offline playback.
If you are using a Mac, you can use the QuickTime player. It is easy to do that too. Lunch QuickTime to play iTunes movie. Then click the top 'File' menu and choose 'New Screen Recording'. Finally you can click the recording button to stop and save the movie to the Finder on your Mac. You might import it into iMovie for some post-processing.
Pros: 1. It is totally free and easy to use.
Cons: 1. It is time-consuming, takes real time. 2. Sometimes the output video quality is not satisfactory with noise.
If you care about the output audio and video quality very much and want to save your precious time, we'd suggest you use a professional DRM cracker to help you unlock iTunes movies directly.
DRmare M4V Converter for Mac/Windows is the right tool that I used. Similarly, the interface is very intuitive, it takes only a few clicks to get all your DRM free videos to keep forever and play offline. It integrates the parallel video converting and acceleration technology to batch convert iTunes purchases and rentals at an up to 20X faster speed. During the converting process, the source videos won't be touched but extracted directly to keep the lossless quality including Dolby 5.1 AC 3 audio tracks, subtitles. In addition, it comes a free trial version, users can fully evaluate it without paying any money. To activate the full version, you can get a premium license. It comes with a 60 days money back guarantee. If unfortunately it doesn't work well, you are entitled to get your full money back. For the detailed user manual, please visit: How to Remove DRM from iTunes M4V Movies.
Pros: 1. Fastest video converting speed up to 20X faster. 2. 1:1 output video quality. 3. Instant 24/7 technical support. 4. Lifetime free technical support.
Cons: 1. The free trial version is limited to convert a portion of your videos.
In brief, you can authorize and initialize the iTunes movies to play offline directly with the DRM copy protection. The drawback is that you have to keep the player open and your devices on. You may end up fail to play iTunes movie if any errors occurred to the player.
Another alternative is to strip the DRM protection either by using a free recorder or use a powerful DRM video decrypter to help you crack DRM. Between a free recorder and a powerful DRM video converter, I'd recommend to use the DRM video converter if you do have multiple videos to convert time from time.
What do you think about these tips? Feel free to leave your comments below if you have any other better recommendations. Happy enjoying your iTunes Movies offline.