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Topic # 100754 18-Apr-2012 12:01
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Anyone got any recommendations on converter tools for (DRM) m4v movies to avi or mp4.
Wanting to (legally) convert movies purchased through iTunes for later replay on (my own) alternate devices.

Have previously used Daniusoft DRM converter but that's recently stopped working for me....

free or paid, I've no preference... would just like something that's reliable.

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  Reply # 611095 18-Apr-2012 12:13
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Ive used Freemake for some time now and the results have been excellant

http://www.freemake.com/


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  Reply # 611098 18-Apr-2012 12:18
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I know VLC player has a conversion utility built in, not sure if the quality would be any better or worse than point-solution apps though.




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  Reply # 611144 18-Apr-2012 13:57
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I don't think there is any "legal" way of doing what you want. You're breaching terms and conditions (and potentially the law) by trying to remove copy protection from those videos.

I read this right, these are movies/tv etc you've purchased from iTunes?







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  Reply # 611146 18-Apr-2012 14:03
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Movies bought from iTunes need to have the DRM removed first. I'm not sure whether this violates the FUG or not (there's a rule about "unlock codes") so I won't go into any more detail without a go-ahead from a moderator.



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  Reply # 611148 18-Apr-2012 14:10
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No... not trying to do anything illegal...
The tools that I've used previously (eg the Daniusoft app in my OP) actually insists on playing the movie back through iTunes, then records (and saves) the ouput from that... They (and other manufacturers of similar products) claim that that ensures legality (seems logical) and the fact that the products are still openly marketed on their website after several years of operation seem to support that inference...

unfortunately the two previous suggestions to my OP didn't seem to cut the mustard (for me) so unless someone else has other suggestions I'll continue searching

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  Reply # 611150 18-Apr-2012 14:12
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Still trying to circumvent DRM regardless of the method. A similar principle is using a tuner card and feeding video output of the computer into the analog of the tuner card and "recording" the video.

It's like copying a video tape, still not entirely legal.




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  Reply # 611164 18-Apr-2012 14:35
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From memory, my Samsung TV wouldn't even try to play .M4V files, so I renamed them .MP4, and my TV played them fine! No conversion required. Give it a go, you have nothing to lose but a few seconds of your time!

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  Reply # 611169 18-Apr-2012 14:42
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Hiamie: From memory, my Samsung TV wouldn't even try to play .M4V files, so I renamed them .MP4, and my TV played them fine! No conversion required. Give it a go, you have nothing to lose but a few seconds of your time!


I doubt it will play DRM'd files.




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  Reply # 611176 18-Apr-2012 14:50
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Yes, I thought that - after I posted my reply!



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  Reply # 611181 18-Apr-2012 14:55
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FWIW, Audials Tunebite seems to do exactly what I require (and goes out of its way on the website to state the (previously discussed) is legal... 

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