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Posted by Jason Eatock - Jan. 15, 2021 | Contact Author

How to Convert and Import MKV File to iTunes Library

MKV is one of the preferred file extension format for HD content. You might have a heap of MKV videos or movies, and desire to enjoy them on Apple devices. It's a feasible way to add MKV files to iTunes library for syncing them to iPhone, iPad or iPod, Apple TV, etc. But you will certainly stumble if you've tried this since iTunes only supports importing media files wrapped up in M4V, MP4 and MOV. Then, how to solve this? Well, it's very easy. You just need to convert MKV to iTunes compatible format and then add the converted videos to iTunes. Fortunately, there are many programs to get the job done. In this article, I will introduce the top 3 methods to help you convert and import MKV files to iTunes library without any problem. Keep on reading to find your way.

3 Solutions to Convert and Import MKV to iTunes

Method 1: Most Effective Way to Convert MKV Files for Adding to iTunes

For easy and quick MKV to iTunes conversion without any quality loss, you can give DumboFab Video Converter a whirl. By courtesy of 370+ audio/video codecs, DumboFab has the knack for converting virtually any video files (MKV, HEVC, WebM, MTS, WMV, AVI, AVCHD, etc) to iTunes supported formats such as MP4 and MOV. What's more, if you want to play MKV video on your iPad, iPhone, iPod, etc, you can directly select the device model as the output format. No manual video settings are required.

To convert MKV to iTunes MP4/MOV with High Quality - Give DumboFab a Whirl

• Convert MKV to MP4, MOV, M4V, etc with audio tracks and subtitles kept.
• Lossless quality conversion from MKV to any format without re-encoding.
• Superfast MKV converting speed, owning to CUDA, GPU hardware acceleration. Support 370+ codecs.
• Optimize conversion presets for iPhone (XS/XS Max), iPad, Android, Apple TV, etc.
• Edit MKV with advanced features like cut, trim, crop, split, merge, add subtitles, etc.

Check the guide below and learn how to convert MKV to iTunes supported formats based on your needs. But prior to the converting steps, make sure to download DumboFab Video Converter on your Mac or Windows.

Step 1. Load the source MKV video

After you launch DumboFab Video Converter, Click "Add video" button to load the source MKV file. You can load more than one MKV file at a time or press "Add from Folder" for batch processing MKV videos.

Best MKV to iTunes converter

Step 2. Choose Ouput Format

DumboFab is preconfigured with 400+ readymade profiles for different purposes. Just choose the delivery format from the bottom of the main interface. Here we suggest choosing MP4 or MOV from "Common Video" category for the best compatibility with iTunes, iPhone, iPad, etc.

Best MKV to iTunes converter

If you want to sync the converted video to a specific devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod or other devices, you can choose your device model from an array of device-specific profiles.

Best MKV to iTunes converter

Your original videos comes in several parts and you want to combine them into a single video file for continuous playback? Just tick off the "Merge into one" option at the buttom of the interface, then your video will be merged into one automatically after conversion. On the other hand, you can also cut a big MKV video file into smaller video clips. In addition, the bundled video editor allows you apply different special effects to your video. Another interesting feature is its ability to extract audio contents from MKV video or other video source to MP3, AAC formats.

Step 3. Start Converting MKV to iTunes MP4/MOV.

Click Browse to specify the output folder where you want to save the converted MKV video, and press Convert button to begin the conversion from MKV to iTunes.

Method 2: How to Copy MKV videos to iTunes using Handbrake

Handbrake is completely free and open source that can help you convert and import MKV to iTunes library. This software might look difficult to use for first time users but in the guide below we have simplified how to use it.

Step 1. Go to Handbrake website on your browser and download the program either on your Mac or Windows computer. You can then install on it on your computer.

Step 2. After installing and launching HandBrake, click the Source button on the toolbar, select Open File, and open your MKV file.

Convert MKV to iTunes using Handbrake

Step 3. Next, click the Browse button under Destination, choose the folder the new MP4 file will be saved to, and enter a name for it.

Step 4. Under Output Settings, the MP4 container format should be selected by default. HandBrake can also create MKV files, but iTunes doesn't support those.

Convert MKV to iTunes using Handbrake

If you don't want to do anything extra, you can now just click the Start button and HandBrake will convert your MKV video to an MP4 file. You can then import the resulting MP4 file into iTunes and move it to your mobile device; everything should work normally.

Method 3: How to Import MKV files to iTunes VLC

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.

For VLC Windows users: 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.

Convert MKV to iTunes with VLC

For VLC Mac users: 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.

Convert MKV to iTunes with VLC

Tips & Tricks of Adding Videos to iTunes

When you're still new to the iTunes app, you'll come across a handful of problems. You might be confused about how to sync iTunes or experience data quality loss while transferring files to and from iOS. Lucky for you, I've compiled some few tips and tricks that will come in handy to all users when using iTunes.

  • • You'll need a third-party file transfer software such as DumboFab to move audios/videos from your PC to iDevice.
  • • You can download videos from online sites such as YouTube and store them in your iTunes library.
  • • iDevices or Itunes only support MP4 or M4V files, so you won't be able tpo enjoy your movie files if they are not iPhone-compatible.
  • • iTunes authosizes up to 5 PCs at any given time. In short, you'll have to authorize your computer before transferring files to iTunes.
  • • You can't directly transfer DVDs to iTunes without the help of a third party DVD ripper like DumboFab DVD Ripper.

It's that simple! With just a few mouse clicks, DumboFab Video Converter and the other two free programs will seamlessly import and convert MKV to iTunes. But with DumboFab, you'll get faster conversion speed with high quality, as well as, low CPU usage. The output videos also look lovely on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and iPod screen.

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Jason Eatock

Jason Eatock was an copywriter at DumboFab who has published hundreds of stories covering video transcoding, video editing, software review and how-tos. She is more like a "tech support" with adventurous soul, eagerly grabbing cutting-edge video technologies off in a professional yet easy-to-understand way.

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