How to Import and Add MP4 to iTunes with 100% Success Rate

By Candice Liu to Convert Video, Convert MP4 | Last Updated on May 25, 2020

Generally, iTunes users hold the view that iTunes is compatible with MP4 files. Thus, you might tend to come to a conclusion that iTunes can accept the video file as long as the video file is ending with .mp4 file extension. Actually, that's partly true. You see, MP4, as a container format, can be encoded with many different video and audio codecs, including H264, MPEG-4, H265, Xvid, AAC, AC3, etc. However, iTunes only accepts the MP4 video file encoded with H264/MPEG-4 and AAC. Hence, MP4 video codecs are to blame if nothing happens when you add MP4 video to iTunes library. How to get MP4 files into iTunes without MP4 codecs trouble? You can solve this iTunes won't add movies error by converting MP4 to iTunes supported codecs with free video converter.

Free MP4 to iTunes Converter Makes You Successfully Import MP4 to iTunes

MacX Video Converter Free (for macOS/Windows PC) is well-designed for you to free convert MP4 to iTunes MP4 format with H264/MPEG-4 and AAC codecs with 98% quality reserved.

1. You concern video and audio codecs a lot. This free MP4 to iTunes converter is built-in with 320+ video and 50+ audio codecs to help you free convert MP4 to iTunes MP4, MOV or M4V format with H264/MPEG-4 and AAC codecs. Plus, the common DivX, XviD, H.265, MPEG-2 and WMV are also supported.
2. This MacX free video converter features High Quality Engine to guarantee output video quality up to 98% reserved, no visual quality loss. Plus, it also auto repairs damaged MP4 files for smooth importing to iTunes.
3. You're also in full control of this free video converter to convert MP4 to iMovie, MP4 to QuickTime, MKV to MP4, MP4 to MP3, etc. on macOS and PC.
4. An expansive library of video editing tools are available, such as trim, crop, add subtitles to MP4, rotate MP4, merge MP4 videos, adjust parameters, etc.

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How to Free Convert MP4 to iTunes Supported Codecs

Step 1: Import MP4 File
Drag-and-drop MP4 video file or click "Add Video" button to import MP4 files after you Free download MP4 to iTunes converter freeware on macOS (or Windows version) and launch it on your computer.

Step 2: Choose Output MP4 Codec
Click "to iTunes" under "Apple Device" profile and select "iTunes (H264)" or "iTunes (MEPG-4)" as output video format.
For better output MP4 video quality, you're able to adjust video parameter settings, including Bit rate, frame rate and resolution. You can actually tweak video bit rate up to 20-50%, adjust video frame rate among 23.97fps, 25fps, 29.97fps, 30fps, etc. and change video resolution from 720p to 1080p or 1080p to 2160p.
Another option is to use the slidebar to adjust video quality from LQ to HQ. Of course, this will slow down the MP4 to iTunes conversion speed, to some extent.

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Step 3: Select the output folder
Click the "Browse" button and choose the location where you would like to save the converted files after MP4 to iTunes (H264/MPEG-4) conversion.
Note: to speed up MP4 to iTunes converting speed, you're strongly suggested to check the box of hardware encoder on the bottom right corner of the interface.

Step 4: Convert MP4 to iTunes H264/MPEG-4
Tap "RUN" and this MP4 to iTunes free video converter will begin to convert MP4 to iTunes (H264/MPEG-4) on MacBook, iMac or Windows PC. When the conversion finished, you can add MP4 to iTunes library and transfer MP4 to iPhone (iPhone X/8 Plus/8/7/SE/6S/Plus), iPad Pro, iPad Mini/Air series, iPod, etc.

In case you also have other needs like free download video from YouTube/Facebook, import MP4 to iPhone iPad, record on-screen video and make photo slideshow video, its advanced version MacX Video Converter Pro is up to the mark to address all your needs using its versatility.

Nothing happens when I add an .mp4 file to my TV Shows library

I have 25+ GB worth of .mp4 files (for the TV Show Ghost Adventures) and I'm trying to add them to my iTunes library so I can watch them on my iPhone. Apple Support says the files aren't supported by iTunes. Any converter or something? And a tutorial of what I need to do? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

You can solve this MP4 won't add to iTunes problem via MacX Video Converter Free, Handbrake, Clipconverter, freemake and more. The tutorial is above.

Can't add MP4 video to iTunes library

I bought a DVD of an exercise program. I ripped it using RipIt, then created an MP4 using Handbrake. However, when I try to add it to my iTunes library nothing happens. I choose "Add to library..." and select the file, but I don't see it in "Movies" > recently added, and can't find it when I search for it.

There are multiple reasons to lead to this DVD ripped MP4 file not adding to iTunes problem:
1. Insert your original exercise DVD to several DVD players to check if it's broken or damaged, physically and technically.
2. Use a video editor to cut off the damaged parts from MP4 video file and then play MP4 file in video player to test if it can normally play.
3. Resort to a professional DVD ripper with DVD decryption ability to rip DVD to MP4. Handbrake has no power to remove DVD copyright protection, let alone the more complicated workout DVDs. So the ripped MP4 file might be invalid because of the DRM protection.

Convert iTunes .m4v to .mp4?

How can I convert movies and TV shows downloaded from iTunes from m4v to mp4?? Or can I even do that given they are copy protected? I can't even made a still screen cap from any of my iTunes movie or TV show purchases.

First of all, the iTunes purchased M4V movies or TV shows are protected by Apple FairPlay DRM, which is aimed to protect purchased iTunes content from being pirated or illegally copied. You don't have ways to play iTunes purchased M4V protected files on any non-Apple device (on-screen recording still not working) except the professional iTunes DRM removal software like MacX MediaTrans, which allows you to easily remove DRM protection from iTunes M4V files and convert M4V to MP4 while transferring iTunes M4V files to computer.

To Add MP4 to iTunes, Convert MP4 to iTunes H264/MPEG-4 with

MacX Video Converter Free (for macOS/Windows), whose primary feature is to free convert MP4 to iTunes MP4, MOV, M4V with H264/MPEG-4, AAC codecs, as well as free convert MP4 to iMovie, MP4 to QT, MKV to MP4, AVCHD to AVI, etc. 180+ video and 14+ audio formats.

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