iTunes only supports MP4 and QuickTime format video files, so many of the videos you come across on the web can’t be added directly to iTunes or transferred to an iPod, iPhone, or iPad. Luckily, this problem is easy to solve-all you have to do is convert the videos to MP4 files using one of the tools below. Once yo have, you can add them to iTunes and use them like any other file iTunes supports.
The web is full of poor-quality video converters when you download them. Unlike these other questionable programs, the below options are open-source and won’t try to trick you into installing adware or spyware.
Which format should you convert to?
You should ideally convert videos to the H.264 MP4 video format, which is the most widely supported video format at this point. You could convert the videos to older QuickTime formats instead, but they’d be larger in file size and offer worse image quality.
Because H.264 is the most widely supported format, you’ll also be able to play back the MP4 files using a wide variety of other devices and software including the Roku and Android devices. Note that these files usually have the .mp4 file extension, but they may also have the .m4v file extension—either way, it’s an MP4 file.
Unfortunately, there will be some quality loss involved. This is the nature of video compression. We’re taking an existing video and re-encoding it with another codec. This is like taking a photocopy of a photocopy—some information is lost each time. But, as long as you use a fairly high-quality original file, you shouldn’t really notice the quality loss.
If you really care about having the highest-quality file, you should re-rip the source media—for example, instead of converting a DVD to AVI and converting that AVI to MP4, convert the original DVD straight to MP4 with no other format in between.
Solution 1: Pavtube Video Converter for Mac- a powerful MKV to iTunes Converter
MKV files can be easily converted with Pavtube Video Converter for Mac (Windows version). Not only can it convert MKV to iTunes best accepted MP4 format directly, but also it can convert a wide variety of other video formats you might come across. You can select your conversion settings in just a few seconds or spend a while tweaking them in detail, whichever you prefer.
- Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.com/video-converter-mac/
- Amazon Store Download: http://www.amazon.com/Pavtube-Video-Converter-Mac-Download/dp/B00QIBK0TQ
- Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-Video-Converter/3000-2194_4-76179460.html
How to convert MKV to iTunes for adding videos?
Step 1: Download and have a quick installation. The trial version will have a watermark on your converted files. Except for that, there are no time limitation, no virus, and no unnecessary bundle apps while downloading. After that, click “Add Video” button to load your MKV files. You can load several files at once thanks to “Add from folder” button.
Step 2: Click the “Format” bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get “HD Video”. Choose “H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)” as output format.
Step 3: It’s optional to edit video files before converting. If you want to do some edit work, just hit the clip first, and then click “Edit selected task” button. As it’s shown to us, the edit function is sufficient for you to make your videos wonderful.
Step 4: Click “Settings” button to customize the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you’d better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically. You can change the resolution, bit rate, frame rate as you need.
Step 5: Click “Convert” button on the bottom of the screen to start MKV to H.264 HD Video MP4 conversion process. The amount of time it takes will vary based on your system’s hardware and the quality settings you selected.
Solution 2: VLC- Windows and Mac
You probably already have the free and open-source VLC media player installed, so why bother downloading another application? VLC is packed with hidden features, and a video converter is one of them. Yes, you can use VLC to convert videos.
To get started on Windows, click the Media menu and select Convert/Save. On a Mac, click the File menu and select Convert/Stream.
Add the media file you want to convert, ensure the profile is set to Video-H.264 + MP3 (MP4), and save the output to a file. You can also customize the conversion profile settings if you like, but this isn’t necessary.
This wizard looks a bit different on Windows, but it’s the same basic process-add a file, choose a codec, select a destination, and start the process. Once VLC is done transcoding the video, you’ll get an MP4 or M4V file you can import to iTunes and transfer to your mobile devices.
Conclusion: Of course, you can use almost any video converter to convert a video file to MP4 format and add it to iTunes. The above options are some of the best. Which solution do you prefer? Leave a comment and share your preferred tool!