How to Add and Play MP4 Files in iTunes Easily
iTunes is a free app that allows users to organize and play digital music and videos. It can read various popular video formats MOV, MP4 and M4V. However, sometimes you may have trouble in adding MP4 to iTunes(iTunes 11). The following article aims to give the reason and solution. If you are looking for a way to import and play MP4 files in iTunes, read on to find it.
Why Can't Add MP4 to iTunes
Basically, iTunes can recognize MP4 videos, well, only in the condition of compressing with the supported codec like MPEG-4 or H.264. Namely, iTunes has nothing to do with those MP4 files with the unmatched codec. So if iTunes won't add MP4 files to library, it is probably due to the codec problem. This is not a tough problem to work out, actually.
How to Import MP4 to iTunes without Issue
Since some codecs in MP4 files are unaccepted by iTunes, in order to successfully copy MP4 videos to iTunes as well as sync MP4 to iPod, iPhone, iPad, you'd better convert MP4 to iTunes supported codec.
Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is recommended here to help you resolve all of these issues in order to manage and play kinds of MP4 video files in iTunes. It can convert MP4 to MOV, MP4, M4V format in iTunes acceptable video/audio as you wish. Also, it lets you directly convert MP4 videos to iPhone, iPad or many some other media devices playable format without altering any video quality. What's more, this Mac video converter is built with a video editor, which lets you touch up the video as you like. If you are using a Windows PC, just make use of Brorsoft Video Converter.
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How to convert unsupported MP4 into iTunes playable videos
Here the detailed steps to convert MP4 files to iTunes on Mac are introduced. The way to finish your task in Windows is almost the same. So don't be confused. 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. This MP4 to iTunes Converter supports batch conversion to import multiple files at a time.
Step 2. Select iTunes supported format
To make the output files 100% supported by iTunes, the directly-optimized presets are strongly recommended. Click Format bar and select Apple device model iPad, iPhone, iPod as you want, which is fully compatible with iTunes. 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 codecs are iTunes supported.
Step 3. Begin MP4 to iTunes conversion
When all the settings are in place, you can press the Convert button to start the process of converting MP4 to iTunes. After doing this, the program will complete the necessary tasks and you can watch the conversion progress to know when the process ends.
Once you encode MP4 videos to iTunes compatible format, you should launch the iTunes and click File > Add Files to Library to add the converted MKV files to iTunes library. After that, you can play the MP4 files in iTunes smoothly or sync them to your iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc. for playing on the go.