The M4V file format is a video container format developed by Apple and is very similar to the MP4 format. This format is mainly used on iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple TV. Therefore, M4V video is sometimes called an iTunes Video file. For those who want to copy DVD to iTunes supported digital video files for playback on iPad, iPhone, ATV, m4v is the best format to choose to copy DVD to iTunes and sync with iOS devices.
There are many DVD copy tools that can help you convert DVD to M4V for iTunes and Apple devices. We tested some and finally choose Pavtube BDMagic for Mac. Before the simple instruction, we have some other to say, since ripping DVDs involve a gray area of copyright law, we suggest that you should be able to rip them for personal use, but in some countries this is patently illegal. we won't deal with those issues here. If you feel that it's right to rip DVDs you own to M4V for iTunes, then read on to find out how. Read >> About DVD Copyright Laws
Getting the DVD to M4V software
You could rip DVDs to M4V with just one app, below is the best workflow.
Pavtube BDMagic for Mac is a boon for ripping DVDs. It can convert a DVD into m4v and other iTunes-compatible mp4, mov files. It can convert copy protected and unprotected DVD to MPEG-4 M4V, Apple TV H.264 M4V, Apple TV MPEG-4 M4V, iPod XviD M4V, iPod H.264 M4V. To get better export picture and sound quality and more compatible video with iOS devices, you can configure audio and video settings when it comes to the codec, size, bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, sample frequency rate, channel mode and others.
The interface of this DVD to M4V converter for Mac is clean and pretty intuitive. You can import a DVD into the list by using either the file browser or "drag and drop" method. Batch processing is allowed when you add DVD folder to transcode to M4V when you have copied DVD to hard drive already. In the queue you can check out the name, duration, number of chapters and preview DVD video, capture DVD video picture as JPEG, JPG, PNG . So, all you have to do is establish the output directory to store your DVD M4V rips, in order to start conversion.
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My DVD to M4V ripping workflow
Step 1. Load DVD movie
Insert your purchased DVD disc into the disc drive, and run Mac DVD to M4V ripper on your computer. Click “File” ＞ “Load from disc” to realize DVD movie loading work. Batch conversion supported allows you import more than one DVD movies. Besides DVD disc, DVD ISO/IFO, DVD Video-TS folder, even Blu-ray dics, Blu-ray ISO, Blu-ray BDMV folder are supported, as well.
Step 2: Choose M4V format
Click on Format > Apple TV. There are different optimized M4V formats for Apple TV 1/2/3. Choose any one you need. If you are Apple TV 3, you can select “Apple TV 3 1080p Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)” from the drop down menu. The profile Apple TV 3 is specially designed for 1080p Full-HD quality with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, which can give you perfect movie enjoyment. You also can choose "M4V- MPEG-4 Video(*.m4v)" in common video.
You can modify audio and video properties when it comes to the size, frame rate, bitrate, chanel, audio codec, sample rate, etc in "Settings". For example, it you plan to transfer the DVD M4V rips to iTunes for Apple TV watching, you can tap video size 1920x1080 in Size box, therefore, the original DVD video will be played better without mosaic.
Step 3: Start DVD to M4V conversion
Hit “Convert” button on the main interface to start rip DVD to M4V conversion. A new windows will pop up to show the process bar. Once it is finished, you can locate the generated M4V file in output folder.
Playback DVD M4V Copies
You can transfer the m4V files to iTunes for iPhone 7, iPad Pro, Apple TV 4, QuickTime streaming conveniently. Besides Apple devices and Apple video player, M4V files can also be opened and played with Media Player Classic, K-Multimedia Player, RealPlayer, Zoom Player, VLC media player, MPlayer, DivX Plus Player, and Nero Showtime (included with Nero Multimedia Suite). The format, with DRM removed, can also be played in the webOS Video Player for use on the Palm Pre, Palm Pixi smartphones. It is also playable by the Android operating system with its video player.