“I really like the VLC Media Player. But when i dragged my iTunes M4V video files to it, it doesn't work. Does VLC Media Player support iTunes M4V? How can i play iTunes M4V with VLC successfully?”
Above is one of the common questions you can see from the movie forum. Actually, VLC media player is a free and open-source media player and streaming media server on which you can directly play almost all kinds of videos on Windows and Mac. Besides, it can act as a home media server which allows you share and play your media contents on the devices that are connected to your home network.
VLC media player supports many audio and video compression methods and file formats, including DVD-Video, video CD and streaming protocols. It is able to stream over computer network and to transcode multimedia files. However, the videos in M4V format which are downloaded from iTunes Store is not supported by VLC media player. As is known to us, the movies that are purchased or rented from iTunes have DRM protection. They are not allowed to be freely transferred or copied to other media players for playback.
So, it is impossible to directly play iTunes M4V videos on VLC media player. But there is a simple way for you to enjoy iTunes movies via VLC media player – remove DRM and convert iTunes M4V to other non-protected video formats for VLC media player.
NoteBurner M4V Converter for Windows is just a top DRM removal tool and iTunes DRM video converter on Windows which is able to help you unlock iTunes DRM protected M4V videos and convert them to various video formats like MP4, MOV, AVI, MPEG, etc for freely playing on all kinds of media players including VLC media player.
For Mac users, you may refer to NoteBurner M4V Converter Plus for Mac.
Step-by-step guide on how to convert iTunes M4V for playing on VLC media player:
1. Import M4V videos from iTunes
NoteBurner iTunes M4V to VLC converter is able to convert iTunes rentals as well as iTunes purchased movies - the rented movie shouldn’t be expired. Launch the program, just click the add button to import the M4V video videos to the program for converting.
2. Set output format
Next, click format bar and select an output format that is compatible with VLC Media Player. Simply click MP4 icon to choose Same as source MP4 option. As you can see from the profile list, there are also hundreds of video presets for portable players like iPhone, iPad, iPod, PSP, Xbox 360, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, Archos, Zune, etc.
3. Start to convert DRM M4V video
When all the settings are OK, you need click the convert button to start to convert iTunes M4V to VLC compatible MP4 video. After the conversion completed, freely click the location button to find the converted movies. After that, you can directly play the movie on your PC or you can stream the movie to your HDTV for playback via VLC media player based on home theater system.