How to Import Videos to iTunes Library

Want to import movie, music or home video to iTunes and then sync to play on iPhone and iPad or edit the iTunes movie in iMovie or Final Cut Pro? Since iTunes is very picky about what formats it supports, please first check the iTunes supported file formats.

iTunes Compatible File Formats

iTunes Supported Video & Audio File Video: MOV, MP4, M4V, H.264 or MPEG-4 encoded
Audio: MP3, M4A, AAC
iTunes Non-supported Video File AVI, FLV, MPG, MPEG, WMV, 3GP, VOB, MTS, MKV, 3G2, 3GPP, TS, TP, TRP, M2TS, DV, MOD, ASF, DAT, F4V, RM, RMVB, DivX, OGV, VRO, MXF.

Part 1: How-to Import Video (iTunes Supported) to iTunes

You can just drag and drop a file or folder to iTunes. If you drag a folder, all the files in the folder will be imported to iTunes. Also you can click  File > Add to Library, browse to locate your file or folder, and then click "Open".

add video to itunes

If your video files are not supported by iTunes, you need to convert the video or audio files to MOV, MP4 or M4V formats. This article will tell you a complete video toolbox to convert video from any formats to iTunes, download online videos to iTunes, and even edit your itunes movies.

Part 2: How-to Import Video (iTunes Unsupported) to iTunes

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

wondershare video converter ultimate
  • Convert any video to iTunes supported formats (MOV, MP4, M4V, H.264 and MPEG-4).
  • Convert any music to iTunes supported formats (MP3, M4A, AAC).
  • Convert videos with ZERO quality loss, preserving the origianl video quality completely.
  • Burn iTunes video to DVD to better share with your friends.

Here I will tell you how to convert video to iTunes with Video Converter Ultimate (for Mac as an Example)

Step 1: Drag and drop your video to this iTunes video converter
Step 2: Click "Video" category in the ouput pane and select MP4, MOV, M4V and more as output format.
Step 3: Click the "Convert" button to convet videos to iTunes.

convert video to itunes

1. You can also use this iTunes video converter to download online video to iTunes.
Just click the "Download" tab on the top of the software interface, and then paste your web link by clicking "Add URL" button on the upper left of the interface.

Since the downloaded online video might be not in the iTunes compatible format, just import the downloaded video to this app, and then follow the steps above to convert it to be supported by iTunes.

download itunes video

2. This app can also work as a professional iTunes video editor. Wondershare Video Converter is also a feature-rich converting application that embeds a set of basic video editing tools. As a iTunes video editor, it enables you to trim out unwanted part, crop out black bars, change aspect ratio from 4:3 to 16:9 and vice versa, rotate 90 degrees clockwise, anti-clockwise, add plug-in subtitles, apply special effect, and more. Try it for free now.

It has a stylish interface, and all functions are very handy and easy to use. If you want to merge several clips into a whole one, just tick off the "Merge all videos into one file" box in the bottom. When you complete iTunes video editing, choose your desired format in the output format window, and hit Convert to get your wanted output video.

edit itunes video

Part 3: Video to iTunes FAQ

1. Can't add iTunes compatible video files like MP4, MOV, or M4V to iTunes.

I. Make sure that you have QuickTime installed on your computer.
II. Your video codec should be iTunes compatible ( H.264 or MPEG-4). Just use the Video Converter Ultimate to set your video codec by clicking the "Settings" button on the lower right of the interface.
II. Close QuickTime player or restart iTunes to have a try.

2. I have imported video to iTunes without error, but the imported video can't be found in iTunes (iTunes 11).

You can search your iTunes library to find your movie. Also your video may be in the "Home Videos" folder, just click the button on the top menu to check it.

3. Can't copy or play iTunes purchased movies on other devices like an Android phone.

itunes movies are DRM protected. It can only be played on Apple devices. To play on other non-Apple devices, you need to remove DRM protection. You can take the Video Converter Ultimate to help you.

Just import the iTunes video into the app, and then select your device (such as a Saumsung phone) as output format with presets, and then convert it. Then the converted video will be played on your Saumsung phone.

4. Can't sync itunes movies to iPhone, iPad, or other Apple devices.

Though you can play your video in iTunes, it doesn't mean that the video can be played on your iPhone or iPad. You also need to consider your devices supported tech specifications.
Video Converter Ultimate supports convert to iPhone, iPad and more. You can use the presets to convert videos to your devices supported.

5. Movies can be played in QuickTime but can't be added to iTunes.

Just close your QuickTime player, and then drag and drop your video to iTunes again.

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me too i dont know how to import videos to my itunes library, ive tried everything i install many video converter but it didnt work....pls help me...
Hi, Nisarg93y, this is because that your MP4 video contains the codecs that can't be recognized by Apple QuickTime or iTunes. To solve this problem, you can use the video converter mentioned in this tutorial to transcode it into iTunes friendly codecs. Btw, this program provides free trial version for you to evaluate. Hope it works for you. Best regards,
i can't import avideo into my itunes library i have qt playes with required updates i always tried to import only mp4 videos with correct formet but i can't........plz give ans..
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