Can Handbrake Remove DRM from iTunes Movies?

Posted by Dave Henry on 11/06/2018 14:28:35 PM.

"How to remove DRM from iTunes movies with Handbrake" is a commonly asked question by most iTunes users. That's because when you got a piece of movie from iTunes Store, you'll find it's unable to stream the iTunes film to popular devices like mobile phones or smart TVs, unless you figure out a way to get rid of the DRM protection completely from the encrypted iTunes movies.

And as a well-known free video converter, Handbrake is supposed to work with most types of video formats, including .M4V, the video container which is used by all iTunes movies and TV shows. But how does it actually work while converting the iTunes M4V videos? Well, that depends.

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Part 1. You'll Probably Fail to Remove DRM from iTunes Movies with Handbrake. Why?

First of all, you need to make sure what video formats are supported by Handbrake. Yes, Handbrake works perfectly to convert the M4V files to other formats. However, that's restricted to the non-DRM M4V video types only. But when it comes to iTunes movies, that's totally different story because they are all DRM-protected M4V, which is not included in the compatible decoding list of Handbrake. In other words, you are very likely to run into errors when trying to convert iTunes M4V movies to unprotected files with Handbrake.

Part 2. Don't Be Disappointed. Try These Handbrake Alternatives to Remove iTunes DRM!

But that's not the end of the story yet. Fortunately, there are multiple alternatives to Handbrake that can help you easily remove DRM protection from iTunes movies even for free, such as Requiem and ViWizard DRM M4V Converter.

Method 1. How to Remove DRM from iTunes Movies for Free with Requiem

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You may have already heard of Requiem, a free iTunes DRM removal solution that can losslessly bypass DRM from iTunes movies and TV shows with ease. It decrypts the video and audio data in your file exactly like iTunes does. To remove DRM from iTunes movies, Requiem 4.1 is required. But unfortunately, it was stopped to update since iTunes 11. If you have a backup of that old iTunes, you can use Requiem to remove DRM from iTunes movies for free. Read on: Remove DRM from iTunes Movies with Requiem 4.1. If you are using the latest iTunes now, simply try the other method.

Method 2. How to Remove DRM from iTunes Movie with ViWizard DRM M4V Converter

ViWizard m4v converter

Same as Requiem, ViWizard DRM M4V Converter is also able to remove DRM lock from iTunes M4V without losing any quality. The only difference is that it's not free. But it provides a free trial version for you to test it out. As a perfect alternative to Handbrake, this iTunes DRM removal app enables you to convert DRM-ed iTunes movies, including 1080p HD videos, from M4V to lossless MP4, and other common video or audio formats. For detailed guide, visit: How to Losslessly Remove DRM from iTunes Movies with ViWizard.

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Part 3. Extra Tips: How to Convert DRM-Free M4V to MP4 with Handbrake

If your movies are encoded in M4V but without DRM, then Handbrake would be the best option to convert the non-DRM M4V video to MP4 or other file formats for you. Simply follow these easy steps.

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Step 1Add M4V files

Once the Handbrake Video Converter is launched, directly drag and drop your M4V video file or folder into the conversion window. Or click the "Source" button and choose "Open File" from the dropdown options.

Step 2Set output format

When the M4V video is loaded into Handbrake, go to "Summary" and click "Format" to set the output format as MP4 and then define parameters of MP4 profile like dimensions, filters, video codec, subtitle according to your own needs. Then set output directory under "Destination" to save the output MP4 files.

Step 3Convert M4V to MP4

Simply click "Start Encode" button to let Handbrake start converting the non-DRM M4V videos to MP4 as expected. After the conversion, go to the output path you previously set to find the well converted MP4 videos.


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