How to Add MP4 to iTunes

By Lois Green, Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Some users try to add MP4 video files to iTunes library and then sync them to iDevices. But when they click "add file to library" or drag the files to iTunes, nothing showed. This not only happened on the latest iTunes 12, but iTunes 11. If you cannot add movies to iTunes 12/11, this guide must be conducive.

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Part 1: Why Can't Add MP4/MPEG to iTunes on Mac/Windows

1. Your MP4 files have already been added to iTunes but you cannot find them in iTunes

Starting from iTunes 11, all videos and movies that aren't purchased from iTunes will be added to "Home Videos" under "Movies" category instead of to "My Movies" under "Movies" in iTunes. So you can try to find your added MP4 videos in "Home Videos".

2. Your MP4 Files are Not Added to iTunes at All

Usually iTunes does add files that end in .mov, .m4v, or .mp4. However, do you know that MP4, as a container format, can be encoded with many different video and audio codecs like H.264, H.263, MPEG-4, AC3, Xvid, AAC, etc, while iTunes only support few codec like MPEG-4/H.264 and AAC? If your MP4 files are rejected by iTunes, it's most likely the codecs in MP4 files are unaccepted by iTunes.

If your ultimate goal for importing MP4 to iTunes is to then transfer videos to iDevices, I strongly recommend you use the iTunes alternative – FonePaw iOS Transfer. This software allows you to copy videos from computer to iPhone, iPad or iPod without opening iTunes. Meanwhile, if your video's format is incompatible with iOS devices, this software can convert it to the compatible one automatically.

However, if you want to convert your videos to iTunes supported MP4 files, just try FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate. This MP4 to iTunes video converter has optimized presets to let you set output format both compatible with iTunes and Apple devices including iPad, iPod, iPhone and Apple TV.

Free download the trial version of this program and follow the steps below to have a try.

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Part 2: How to Add MP4 to iTunes 12/11 with FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate

1. Run the program and import MP4 files

Download, install and launch the video converter on your computer. Then, click "Add File" to upload MP4 videos to the program.

Run Video Converter Program and Add Files

2. Set iTunes and iOS supported MPEG-4 format

Click the drop-down button on the right side of the "Profile" to set iTunes and iOS devices compatible "MPEG4 Video (*.mp4)" as output video format from "General Video" Category.

If you want to convert video to iTunes supported MOV, select MOV- QuickTime (*.mov) as output profile from the "General Video" category.

Set iTunes and iOS Supported MPEG-4 Format

Tips: In order to make the output files 100% supported by iTunes, the directly-optimized pre-settings are strongly recommended. So you can go to "Apple iPod", "Apple iPad" or "Apple iPhone" category to select the output format. The output format is not only compatible with Apple devices, but also iTunes.

Select Output Format for Apple iOS Device

3. Start conversion

Click "Convert" to start MP4 to iTunes conversion.

Start MP4 Conversion to iTunes

4. Add MP4 to iTunes

Open iTunes, and then choose File > Add File to Library to import the converted MP4 files to iTunes.

Note: As mentioned at the beginning, when you add movies to iTunes 12 or 11, your video should be in "Home Video" instead of "My movies".

5. Transfer MP4 to iPad/iPhone/iPod (Optional)

After importing MP4 to iTunes, you can also connect your iOS device to computer for sync or transfer with the help of iTunes.

Sync Videos with iTunes

By following the guide above, you can add MP4 files to iTunes library without any trouble.

With FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate, you can also convert iTunes Audiobook M4B to MP3. Just download the program and have a try.

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