VLC player stands out from a dozens of meida players cause it is a free and open-source media player and streaming media player on which you can directly play almost all kinds of videos. It is one of the most popular media players for both Mac and windows. However, the iTunes M4V video formats is an exception. If you want to play M4V with VLC media player, you will get disappointed since mote M4V movies bought from iTunes Store are protected by Apple'FairPlay and can't be played on non-Apple products. To solve this issue, you need to convert .M4V to VLC supported formats. So today we are gonna share knowledge about how to play M4V files with VLC player on your computer.
Part 1: What is A M4V File
The M4V file format is a video container format developed by Apple and is very similar to MP4 format. The primary difference is that M4V files may optionally be protected by DRM copy protection. Apple uses M4V to encode video files in its iTunes Store. Unauthorized reproduction of M4V files may be prevented using Apple's FairPlay copy protection. A FairPlay-protected M4V file can only be played on a computer authorized (using iTunes) with the account that was used to purchase the video. In QuickTime, M4V videos using FairPlay DRM are identified as "AVC0 Media".
Part 2: Why VLC Cannot Play Some M4V Files
We have listed VLC playable formats listed below for you to understand this topic in depth:
Container formats: 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, Matroska, QuickTime File Format, MP4, Ogg, OGM, WAV, MPEG-2, AIFF, Raw audio, Raw DV, MXF, VOB, RM, DVD-Video.
Video formats: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, H.265/MPEG HEVC, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2, Sorenson, Theora, VC-1, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, DNxHD, Prores and some WMV.
Even powerful and user-friendly as VLC player is, it still can't play M4V files by default. What's more, the DRM copyright of M4V files from Apple can't be removed. So the best solution is convert M4V files to VLC supported formats, like the most pupolar format MP4,or MOV, WAV, and more. Usually, there are two kinds of M4V file. One is prevented by DRM copy protection, the other is that has been broke already without DRM copy protection. So today we set sail from two lines to convert M4V to VLC for perfect playback.
Part 3: How to Play M4V (without DRM) with VLC player on Mac&Windows
To play M4V on VLC player successfully, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate could does a wonderful job. This powerful and stable converter could transcode video/BD/DVD to virtually any video/audio format, like M4V to MP4, H.264/HEVC, H.265/HEVC, WAV, MOV, MKV, AVI and more then 200+ formats. Flexible profile settings, simple video edition function and humanization design make it a professional converter that you shouldn't miss. Now, for this example, we will show you how to convert M4V (without DRM) to MP4 on Windows step by step.
Step1: Load M4V files into this program.
You can click "File"-->"Add Video/Audio" or "Add from Folder" to import M4V which you want to convert. Or you can directly drag or drop away the file.
Step2: Choose VLC playable output format.
Click "Format" bar, for example, navigate to "Common Video" and select "H.264 Video (*.mp4)".You also can choose other formats VLC supported.
Step4: Start MP4 file conversion.
Start M4V to MP4 conversion by clicking the "Convert" button on the main interface. Just wait for a second, you can click the "Open" button and that will pop up the folder with converted file.
Part 4: How to Play M4V (with DRM) with VLC player on Mac&Windows
In this session, Pavtube ChewTune (Top 10 Best DRM Removal) is highly recommended as the best choice to help you remove the DMR protection of M4V videos you purchased from iTunes or rented from store and convert it to any video format without quality loss. Furthermore, it also can remove the DRM protection of videos from Amazon, BBC iPlayer, TV-shows. Removing commercial BD/DVD "Digital Copy" protection is also a cinch. Below are the steps of converting iTunes M4V DRM and playing in VLC.
Step 1. Load iTunes M4V Video
You can click "File" to load videos, or drag or drop video into the program directly.
Step 2. Select Output Format
Click "Format" bar, for example, after swimming in its drop-down list, navigate to "Common Video", then choose MP4 as output format.
Step4: Start MP4 file conversion.
Start MP4 file to VLC conversion by clicking the right-bottom convert button on the main interface. Just wait for a second, you can click the "Open" button and that will pop up the folder with converted file. Then you could play it via VLC smoothly.
Conclusion: In this article we have shown you two ways to convert M4V video to popular video formats. No matter which one you are gonna try, the result will fulfill all your needs.
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