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How to Add MP4 Files to iTunes (iTunes 12)

You may have created or downloaded some .MP4 files on your computer. To make full use of these videos, you can import MP4 files into iTunes for widely playing and sharing. However, when trying to add MP4 to iTunes, some problems may occur: the sound is fine but no picture; MP4 won't be accepted by iTunes at all... Are you looking for a simple solution to dropping MP4 videos into iTunes with smooth playback? Here is how to.

iTunes can handle just about any file format that works with QuickTime and will play any file purchased or downloaded from the iTunes Store. If you've got video files that end with a .mov, .m4v, or .mp4 file extension, you can import them to iTunes with ease. However, the video especially the MP4 video must meet the following specifications: it must be encoded as 540 kbit/s (minimum) MPEG-4 video (H.264) with an approximately 128 kbit/s AAC audio track or encoded as 1.5 Mbit/s (minimum) MPEG-4 video (H.264) with a minimum 128 kbit/s AAC audio track. If not, you will fail to import MP4 to iTunes.

In order to successfully add these unsupported MP4 files to iTunes, you'd better convert them to iTunes supported video format in proper video/audio settings. Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac is highly recommended here to help you finish the task, which not only can encode MP4 to iTunes, but also enables you convert and sync MP4 to iOS devices including iPod/iPhone/iPad/Apple TV.

Overall, it is a professional yet easy-to-use high-quality video converter, player and editor, fully compatible with all major Mac OS X operating systems including Mountain Lion and Mavericks. With it, you can effortlessly change MP4 files to iTunes supported video/audio codec without any loss of quality. If you're facing incompatibility issues of adding video files like TiVo, FLV, F4V, AVI, VOB, MKV, WMV, MPG to iTunes, you can just use this great utility to achieve your goal smoothly. For converting MP4 to iTunes on Windows PC, Blu-ray Video Converter Ultimate is the alternative choice.

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How to convert MP4 to iTunes friendly format

Note that the guide below shows you how to encode MP4 videos to iTunes on Mac OS X. The way in Windows is almost the same. Just make sure you've got the right version.

Step 1. Add MP4 files

Simply drag-and-drop your MP4 video to the program window or click "Add" button to load MP4 files. You can add multiple files at a time an convert them in batch.


Step 2. Select iTunes supported format

To make the output files 100% supported by iTunes/iOS devices, the directly-optimized presets are strongly recommended. Click Format and select Apple device model like iPad as you want. The output format is not only compatible with iTunes, but also suitable for corresponding Apple device best. Of course, you can also choose MP4, MOV, M4V from "Common Video" as the output format as long as you make sure the video, audio codec are iTunes supported.


Step 3. Start conversion

Click the "Convert" button to start converting MP4 files to iTunes.

After conversion, launch iTunes, drag and drop converted MP4 files to iTunes library or use the "Add to Library" option on the "File" menu. Once all this is done, sync your iOS device with iTunes then your videos will be ready to play.

Additional Tips:

Sometimes, even if your MP4 files are added to iTunes successfully, it may still fail to sync to iOS devices. For iPhones, iPads, and video-capable iPods play videos in more specific video formats and codecs. With this professional MP4 to iTunes Converter, you can convert MP4 to iTunes and iOS devices including iPod/iPhone/iPad/Apple TV compatible video format without any hassle.

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How to Use MP4 Files in Windows Movie Maker
How to Add and Embed Subtitles to MP4 Files

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