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How to Import iTunes M4V Video to Final Cut Pro X?

Final Cut Pro X (FCP-X) is a professional non-linear video editing application created by Apple for the Mac. It was released on June 21, 2011 for sale in the Mac App Store and is the controversial successor to Final Cut Pro. Final Cut Pro X is a widely popular video editing application used by a wide variety of persons, including industry professionals and studios. It is able to support importing multiple video formats with no problem. However, the iTunes M4V video format is an exception. You may be used to add plain videos to FCPX, but it refused to add video from iTunes when you try to directly import the videos from iTunes library.

import iTunes Video to iMovie

Video Formats: Apple Animation codec, Apple Intermediate codec, Apple ProRes(all versions), AVC-intra, AVCHD (including AVCCAM, AVCHD Lite, and NXCAM), DV (including DVCAM, DVCPRO, and DVCPRO50), DVCPRO HD, H.264, HDV, iFrame, Motion JPEG(OpenDML only), MPEG IMX(D-10), QuickTime formats, REDCODE RAW (R3D), Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, XAVC (including XAVC-S), XDCAM HD/EX/HD422.

Audio Formats: AAC, AIFF, BWF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV.

Container format: 3GP, AVI, MP4, MOV (QuickTime), MTS/M2TS, MXF.

Still-image formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, RAW, TGA, TIFF.

Best Tool to Help you Import iTunes Video to Final Cut Pro

Why? As the iTunes M4V movies and TV shows bought from iTunes Store are protected by Apple’s FairPlay, and they can’t be played or transferred to non-Apple devices, video players and programs. However, that doesn't mean there is no way to import iTunes videos to Final Cut Pro for editing. If want to add iTunes Video to Final Cut Pro successfully, you'll need to use a third-party iTunes DRM remover tool to decrypt the DRM firstly.

Thankfully, there is an awesome iTunes M4V to MP4 Converter called M4VGear DRM Media Converter. With M4VGear, you can get rid of DRM from iTunes M4V videos, split a whole M4V video to videos clips and then convert to MP4 video files for importing to any video editing program, such as Final Cut Pro, iMovie and Adobe Premiere Pro. In the following guide, we'll show you how to remove DRM from iTunes M4V videos and convert M4V file to MP4 format for importing to Final Cut Pro.

Tutorial: How to Easily Import iTunes M4V Video to Final Cut Pro?

Step 1: System Requirements:

Things you need A computer with Windows OS or Mac OS

Things you need The latest version of iTunes

Things you need The latest version of M4VGear iTunes M4V Converter

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Step 2: Add iTunes M4V Video

 After launching M4VGear for Mac, you can either click "Add Files" button to select the videos from iTunes library or add the iTunes videos by dragging and dropping them into the program.

Note: M4VGear supports batch conversion, so that users could add as many files as they want. 

Add M4V files for converting to MP4

Step 3: Choose Output Format Supported by Final Cut Pro

The default output video format is "Same as source for MP4". You can change the output format after "Convert to" on the bottom left. Output format as "Same as source for MP4" and "Same as source for MOV" are highly recommended, which enables users convert at faster speed while keeping all subtitles and audio tracks (including Dolby 5.1 audio track).

Choose Output Format

Step 4: Clip iTunes Videos

Then you can click "Custom" tab and input the Begin and the End time to clip the iTunes video.

Clip iTunes videos

Step 5: Convert iTunes M4V to MP4 for Final Cut Pro

Click output profile button to begin converting iTunes M4V movies to plain MP4 format.

converting M4V to MP4

Step 6: Find Converted M4P Video for Importing to Final Cut Pro

After conversion, you can find the well-converted files by clicking the "Converted Movies" button. Now, the DRM-ed M4V files are converting to the DRM-free MP4 file, so you can directly add the converted iTunes videos to your Final Cut Pro for editing like other plain video files.

Note: M4VGear only allows users to convert 1 minute of iTunes movie for free. Do not worry. It is the limitation in the trial version of M4VGear. If you want to convert the full movie with M4VGear, purchase the full version of M4VGear now at limited-time price $44.95 ($49.95).

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