How to Add Movies to iTunes

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Presently, more and more users choose to download free iTunes and use it as a primary program for managing their collections of music. With the help of this program, one can easily download audio and video files, purchase music from the iTunes Store and even sell their songs. Still, when it comes to adding films, things may become a little more complicated. The point is that iTunes supports a limited number of audio and video formats, which almost always results in users’ tinkering with converting the initial movie format to that compatible with iTunes. To make this process less daunting, we suggest following our recommendations that will help you put the desired movies to iTunes in less time and with less effort.

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Checking Formats

The first thing you should do is to take a look at the format of the movie you are planning on adding. You should bear in mind that the MP4 and MOV are the only formats supported by iTunes. It means that if your file is in other popular formats such as MKV, AVI, or WMV, dealing with converting stuff will be unavoidable.

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Adding Movies on Windows and Mac OS

If you are a Windows user, right-click on the movie file you want to add and choose “Properties.” As you remember, it is necessary for you to check the file format to figure out whether it is necessary to convert it to the one supported by iTunes. In the General tab, select the “Type of File” option to identify the format.

Now, it’s Mac users’ turn. You, guys, should also right-click on the file you’re planning on importing. To learn more about its format, search for the “Get info” option, which can be found in the “Kind” line in the General section of the Show Info window.

So, you have come to the conclusion that your movie file requires being converted. Therefore, your next step will be getting a proper program allowing you to fulfill this conversion. We recommend using Adapter, an excellent program that can successfully cope with this job and let you proceed with importing files to iTunes. Note that this program that can be used by both Mac and Windows users.

Make sure to check the “Download and install FFmpeg” option while installing Adapter. Otherwise, you may experience some undesired consequences revealing themselves upon the completion of installation.

You can drag the chosen movie to Adapter now. Note that it is possible to add numerous files to the program simultaneously. Moreover, you can select the “Browse” option and navigate to the files you want to convert.

Select “Output.” This option should be at the bottom of the window. Click on it and choose the format compatible with iTunes.

Click “Video,” then, select “General,” and finally – “Custom MP4,” the format supported by iTunes.

Click the Gear icon. This option is located in the lower-left corner of the window. Doing so will allow you to adjust extended settings.

Then click “Convert” and let the party start. Depending on the size of your movie file and your hardware capacity, the conversion process may take some time.

Then, locate the newly converted file. By default, they will be saved in the same location as the original movie files.

Run iTunes to start adding the necessary files.

Windows users will need to press “Alt.” Shortly afterward the menu bar should appear. Choose the “File” menu, first, and then, “Add file to library.” Now you can navigate to the file or folder to be imported.

Those on Mac will go to the iTunes menu and click “Add to library.” Next, just like Windows users, navigate to the required file or folder.

Next, go to the “Movies” section of iTunes. To select it press the filmstrip button at the top of your window. Please, note that your new files may be hidden in the sub-category.

Then, choose the “Home Videos” tab.

The newly added movies will be visible in the “Home Video” section.

Transfer the movies from “Home Videos” to either “Movies” or “TV shows.” You are free to sort your videos into proper categories, which will ensure an easy access to them. To do it, right-click on your movie in “Home Videos” and press the “Get info” button. Click the “Options” tab and select “media kind” to sort your movies.

Nice job! Now you can watch your favorite films on iTunes.

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