How to Import iTunes M4V Files to Adobe Premiere Pro

Posted by Fatima Cook on April 19, 2017 12:51:21 AM.

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Have you ever thought of cutting the wonderful iTunes movie scenes to create new exquisite movies in video editing tools like Adobe Premiere Pro? If so, you maybe stuck in the first step to import iTunes movies. As a leading video editor for filmmakers and video enthusiasts, though Adobe Premiere Pro can import multiple formats of videos to edit, it doesn't support iTunes movies and TV episodes. Why and how to fix it?

Why You Can't Import iTunes Movies to Adobe Premiere

To begin with, you can find out the reason why iTunes videos can't be imported in Premiere first. Usually for a standard video, the main reason of not being imported well is because the format is not supported or the file is corrupted. Adobe Premiere supports M4V, 3GP, ASF, AVI, BWF, DV, H264, HEVC, DV, M2TS, M2V, MOV, MP4, MPG, MPEG, MTS, MXF, WMV etc., so the video format M4V is not the cause to this failure of file importing. The real reason is that iTunes movies are FairPlay DRM copyright protected, hence it is not possible to edit iTunes videos in any video editors directly including the Apple iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Windows Movie Maker and other editing software. FairPlay protection is supposed to protect the copyright of all the Apple digital video contents, but it also prevent the legal users from using the videos without any difficulty.

How to Remove DRM and Convert iTunes Videos for Editing in Adobe Premiere

In this case, if you want to get rid of the trouble of loading iTunes videos, you must remove DRM restriction from your iTunes protected videos. It would be better if you have the options to convert iTunes videos to other formats of clips. In the past, it is kind of difficult to do all these things. Fortunately, with today's DRM removal technology, it has become terribly easy, what you need is just a DRM removal software. TunesKit DRM M4V Converter for Mac/Windows is a special DRM breaker which can convert video and break DRM at the same time with user friendly interface and simple running processes. It is highly recommended to use it if you really want to edit iTunes videos in Adobe Premiere.

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Detailed instruction to unlock DRM from iTunes by yourself:

Step 1Add DRM media files to the software

import iTunes video

You can download the M4V videos on iTunes first, then drag them from the iTunes library to the TunesKit DRM M4V Converter or click 'Add Files' menu to locate the files promptly.

Step 2Set the output format for Adobe Premiere

set AVI format

Adobe Premiere supports common M4V files without DRM, but it is highly compressed like MP4 video which I won't recommend, I'd suggest you to choose an uncompressed or low compression rate format such as AVI, MPG etc. which works best with Premiere.

Step 3Convert to DRM free videos

convert itunes to AVI

TunesKit DRM M4V Converter can remove DRM while converting the videos directly without extra steps. You just need to wait for it to convert complete, then you will get the output video fits Adobe Premiere well.

Tips on How to Import the Converted Videos to Adobe Premiere

Adobe Premiere is a great tool which can trim and rearrange your videos with much flexibility as well as enhance videos with special movie effects and transitions. If you are also new to Adobe Premiere, you can follow this instruction to import videos to edit. For an experienced user, you can skip this part.

Before importing files, you are required to create a project and a sequence first. Please launch the software Adobe Premiere and click 'New Project' menu to create a project, this is the work space for editing videos, you can customize the settings for yourself. Then click 'OK', it will prompt you the option to create a sequence, a sequence should contain at least one video track and one audio track. At last, click 'File' and choose 'Import' menu to import the video files without DRM and start to edit the videos.

By the way, Adobe Premiere comes with numerous powerful features, it takes comparatively longer time to operate this tool proficiently, new users are advised to refer to more tutorials online when editing videos in Adobe Premiere.

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