How to Convert M4V to SWF in 2 Easy Ways

Posted by Adam Gorden on August 8, 2018 14:19:01 PM.

Q: I'm looking for a reliable iTunes DRM removal tool that can convert rented iTunes movies from protected .m4v to .swf. I tried some common M4V video converter like Handbrake but it doesn't seem to work with protected M4V. Can you advise?

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There are some other iTunes users have the same request to convert DRM M4V to SWF, as iTunes M4V movies are limited to play on Apple's devices only, while SWF, originated for ShockWave Flash, is an Adobe Flash file format used for multimedia over the web. In order to play iTunes M4V videos with browser or web player, converting the M4V to SWF is necessary. Here in this post, we'll show you the top 2 most popular ways to convert DRM iTunes M4V, as well as non-DRM M4V to SWF with ease.

Convert DRM M4V to SWF: What Converter You'll Need

Since the iTunes movies are protected by DRM, common M4V converters like HandBrake, or Freemake are not supposed to convert the DRM M4V to SWF at all. To accomplish this task, a dedicated DRM removal software like TunesKit DRM M4V Converter will be the best tool as it's able to support both DRM-ed iTunes M4V movies as well as non-protected M4V videos. As a perfect combination of iTunes DRM remover and M4V converter, TunesKit DRM M4V Converter can easily transform the iTunes movies/TV shows from M4V to SWF while completely stripping off the DRM lock.

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TunesKit DRM M4V Converter is now fully compatible with almost all Windows/Mac OS, including the latest Windows 10 and macOS 10.12 Sierra. You can download the free trial version of this smart tool on your Mac or Windows computer before switching to the tutorial of converting M4V to SWF in the following part.

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Part 1. Complete Steps to Convert iTunes M4V to SWF on Mac/PC

Step 1Add iTunes DRM M4V videos from to TunesKit M4V Converter

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Launch TunesKit M4V to SWF Converter on your PC, then click "Library" button at the top center in order to import the iTunes M4V files to the converter. After selecting the target iTunes movies or TV shows you want to convert, simply click on "OK" to confirm. Alternatively, you are also allowed to add the iTunes movies by drag-and-drop.

Step 2Set output format as SWF

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After importing the M4V files, click the "Format" panel and it will direct you to the output settings window. There you should click "Web Video" and then select the output format as SWF. If you need to change the video size, codec, bit rate, you can simply click the 'settings' icon at the top right corner of the format.

Step 3Edit the video flexibly (Optional)

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The built-in video editor of TunesKit M4V Converter allows you to trim the video, adjust the brightness, add effects and watermark, etc. before converting the M4V to SWF. Simply click the 'Edit' icon if you want to edit the video in your way.

Step 4Convert iTunes M4V to SWF

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Now hit "Convert" button to start converting the DRM iTunes M4V videos to SWF web format. After conversion, you'll easily locate the DRM-free SWF videos from the "Converted" folder.

Part 2. How to Convert DRM-Free M4V to SWF with TunesKit M4V Converter

As a matter of fact, not all M4V videos are protected with DRM. If your M4V videos are non-DRM files, you can also use TunesKit M4V Converter to convert the M4V to SWF in a few clicks only. The tutorial is similar as converting the DRM-ed M4V to SWF. Just follow these steps:

Step 1. After opening TunesKit M4V to SWF Converter, click "Add Files" button to load the M4V videos to TunesKit.

Step 2. Once the M4V files are imported, click "Format" > "Web Video" and then select SWF as output format.

Step 3. Click "Convert" button to let TunesKit M4V Converter converting the DRM-free M4V videos to SWF format as expected. If you want to edit the video before conversion, you should click the 'Edit' icon of each video.

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Extra Tips: Differences between M4V and SWF

.M4V file format is a video container format developed by Apple. It's similar to MP4 but protected by Apple's FairPlay DRM copy protection, which limits M4V to be played on authorized Apple's devices only. There are also some M4V files without DRM, such as the default video conversion format for HandBrake and Air Video Server on the Macintosh. For the non-DRM M4V files, they can also be played by common video players given that the extension is changed from ".m4v" to ".mp4".

.SWF is an animation created with Adobe Flash that can be played by Flash Player or a web browser with the Flash plugin installed. SWF files are commonly used to bring animated graphics, video, and sound to the web. They may also occur in programs, commonly browser games, using ActionScript.


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