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How to Import Protected iTunes M4V Videos to iMovie Easily

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By Justin SabrinaUpdated on September 01, 2021

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[Summary]: Want to import DRM protected movies, music video, music and other M4V videos from iTunes to iMovie for editing? This article recommends a powerful M4V to MP4 converter for iMovie users to remove DRM and convert M4V to MP4 that supported by iMovie.

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iMovie is a very easy to used video editing software for iOS and Mac users to edit large video without limiting the length of the video. iMovie can edit video, such as cutting/merging video, adjusting video speed, adding titles and music to video, adding fade in, fade out and slides effects to video. With the iMovie app, you can enjoy the video in a refreshing way; you can easily browse video clips, create Hollywood trailers and great 4K resolution movies; you can even start editing on your iPhone or iPad and then go to the Mac to continue. Whether you're using a Mac or an iPhone/iPad/iPod device, making a movie is easy. Simply select a video clip and add subtitles, music, and effects. iMovie video editing now support 4K video for stunning movie-quality movies. So, you can import video from a camcorder, computer's USB port or hard drive to iMovie to create your own movie. But Apple Inc does not offer Windows version, if you looking for iMovie for Windows, you can use our UkeySoft Video Editor, which is a best iMovie alternative for Windows PC.

But many iMovie users may found they can’t import m4v movies from iTunes to iMovie for editing, even if you have already purchased or rented iTunes movies, TV show, and music videos on iTunes store, you’re not allow put this M4V video to iMovie, though iPad, iPhone, and other Apple devices supported M4V video, but the iMovie app not compatible with m4v format. So, you can't put M4V to iMovie for editing directly. To import M4V videos to iMovie for editing, you need to convert M4V to MP4 that iMoive supported format, please follow the simple guide below to convert M4V to iMovie supported format.

Part 1. Why I Can’t Import M4V Video to iMovie

There are two types of M4V video formats:

DRM Protected M4V Videos
One is the DRM protected M4V video, such as streaming video on iTunes store, although you have purchased and rented movies/TV shows/music video on iTunes store, you don't really own this purchased video contents for copying, editing or do what you want, because those M4V files encrypted with Apple's FairPlay DRM protection, in ordering to prevent from being directly shared to other platforms, so you can't directly import the iTunes M4V movies to iMovie for editing or sharing to others.

DRM-free M4V Videos
The other is DRM-free usual M4V videos. iMovie is the video player & editor for MAC and Apple devices, but it doesn’t have the codec to support a wide variety of different file formats. iMovie does not support M4V format, currently, the iMovie app supports popular formats like MOV, MP4 and so on.

So, if you want to import DRM-free M4V videos or DRM-protected iTunes M4V videos to iMovie for playing or editing, you need to convert M4V to MP4 that iMovie supported video format.

Part 2. Remove DRM and Convert M4V to MP4 for Editing on iMovie

To make M4V videos editable in iMovie, you only need to convert the M4V to iMovie compatible format whatever the usual M4V video or protected M4V files. It is easy to convert DRM-free M4V to iMovie with the common video converter. But for the DRM protected M4V files, you must remove the DRM protection from these M4V videos then convert the iTunes M4V videos to MP4, MOV, etc.

If you want to edit a M4V video by using iMovie app on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch or Mac, you must to convert the M4V to iMovie compatible format like MP4, MOV. We can easily to convert DRM-free M4V to MP4 and import to iMovie for editing with the common video converter, like UkeySoft Video Converter, if you need to convert the DRM protected M4V video to MP4, you must to remove DRM from iTunes M4V video and convert M4V to MP4, MOV, etc. Below, we will recommend you a profession M4V to iMovie converter.

UkeySoft M4V Converter also is an iTunes DRM Removal tool and M4V to MP4 Converter tool, with the help of this powerful iTunes M4V to MP4 converter, you can remove the DRM from iTunes purchased or rented movies, TV shows, and music videos legally, after unlock iTunes DRM protection, it can automatically convert the protected M4V video to MP4 that iMovie supported video format. After getting the DRM-free iTunes videos, you can also import these unprotected MP4 video to any devices for watching offline, such as Samsung Galaxy S9/S8/Note 9, iPhone XS Max/X/8, HUAWEI Mate 20/P20, Google Pixel 3XL, PS4, Xbox, smart TV, ect.

M4V to iMovie Converter Key Features:

- Remove DRM from purchased and rented iTunes movies and other M4V videos;
- Convert iTunes DRM-protected M4V videos DRM-free MP4;
- Keep all audio track & subtitles including AC3 Dolby 5.1, Closed Captioning, Audio Descriptions;
- Convert iTunes purchased/rented M4V video to MP4 up to 30x speed;
- Convert M4V to MP4 video with 1080P HD and keeps 100% original quality.

Steps to Convert DRM-ed iTunes M4V Videos to iMovie

Step 1. Download M4V Movies, Videos from iTunes Store to iTunes Library
Please add and download iTunes M4V movies, TV shows or music videos from iTunes store to your iTunes library at first.

Step 2. Run iTunes M4V Converter on PC or Mac
Above step, you have added and downloaded the iTunes M4V videos onto the iTunes library, then launching the iTunes M4V Converter, and it will launch iTunes automatically and load all your iTunes M4V video that you have downloaded.

UkeySoft M4V to iMovie converter

Step 3. Add DRM-ed iTunes M4V Videos to Convert
Click "Add Files" button in the program to select DRM iTunes movies or TV shows that you want to import into iMovie. Click "Add" to load the M4V video files.

Add iTunes M4V vieos

After adding the iTunes M4V videos to the program, all the added files loaded into the program showed as below:

select m4v videos

Step 4. Select Output Audio Tracks and Subtitles(Option)
Click "Gear" icon in the movie list to customize the audio track and subtitles for output MP4 videos.

select output tracks and subtitles

Step 5. Start to Convert iTunes M4V Videos to MP4 for iMovie
Finally, just click the "Convert" button to start remove the DRM protection and convert M4V to MP4 that iMovie supported format. This process will be finished within a few minutes, please waiting patiently.

Convert M4V video to MP4

Step 6. Get iTunes Videos/Movies in MP4 Format
After the M4V to iMovie conversion process complete, please click "History" button to find the converted iTunes MP4 videos.

get iTunes MP4 videos

Step 7. Import Converted iTunes Videos to iMovie for Editing
After getting the DRM-free iTunes videos in MP4 format, please import them from Mac into iMovie by clicking the iMovie menu bar "File > Import > Movies", now you can use this converted iTunes video as a material file to create your hollywood movie by using iMovie.

import video to iMovie

Import M4V to iMovie
Justin Sabrina

Justin Sabrina

Justin Sabrina has over 10 years of content writing experience. She specializes in product reviews, how-to guides, tips and tricks, top lists, etc. on data encryption, multi-media conversion, screen recording and iOS unlocking. At UkeySoft, she performs in-depth research SEO copywriting and collaborates with our R & D team to offer effective software solution, most of her articles on software are helpful and easy to read, helping our reader easily solve problems through using software or apps.


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