How might one convert a DRM-protected M4V file to a MP4 file? Question by David Hallengren. I came across the problem on makeuseof. And let's talk about how to convert DRM files to other common video formats like MP4, MOV easily.
DRM (Digital Rights Management) is a broad term used to describe a few techniques for restricting the free use and transfer of digital media like videos, movies, music files, games.
FairPlay is a digital rights management (DRM) technology created by Apple Inc., based on technology created by the company Veridisc. FairPlay is built into the QuickTime multimedia software and used by the iPhone, iPod, iPad, Apple TV, iTunes, iTunes Store and the App Store. Formerly, movies or TV shows are encoded with Fairplay DRM protection. And if you purchased or rented movies from iTunes Store, those M4V files are still encrypted with Apple DRM FairPlay destriction.
iTunes is a versatile music playing program for both Windows and Mac OS X. With this media player, you can also purchase songs/video from online iTunes store.
When you get media content from iTunes, you will find limitations about playing your videos. Due to DRM protection, you can only play on up to five authorized computers simultaneously. It prevents iTunes users from watching movies or TV shows on any portable devices other than iPod, iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.
And for iTunes movie rentals, you have just 24 hours to finish watching the movie after you begin watching. And you have 30 days from the day you rented the movie to watch it. If you don't watch the movie in that 30 - day, the rental will be expired.
How to convert DRM protected M4V files? First, you will need a professional DRM removal tool. Here M4V Converter Plus is recommended. It is iTunes M4V decrydter which can remove DRM protection from iTunes M4V files and unlock M4V to save as unprotected MP4, MOV files, so you could enjoy them in car, in portable players like iPod and Cell phone, in your laptop computer, etc. Follow the steps of converting DRM M4V for playing them on the go!
Once the software is open, import your iTunes movie rental by clicking Add Movies in the main interface, and then choose the M4V video files. Click Add. You can also drag the file to the main window directly.
Click Convert to profile drop-down list to choose the output format as you needed, you can choose Same as source for mp4/mov, Customize WMV/VOB/MP4/MP3/AAC, etc.
Click Convert button to start converting DRM M4V files. You can see the software works with a high speed. Few seconds later, you can see the unprotected video files on your Mac.