How to Add MP4 to iTunes

By Lois Green, Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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 helpful.

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Part 1: How to Add Videos to iTunes

It is very simple to put downloaded movies on iTunes. There are two ways to add home videos (MP4, MOV, etc.) to iTunes.

Way 1: Drag videos to iTunes

  • Launch iTunes on your Win PC or Mac.

  • If you are on a PC, drag the video files from the desktop to the iTunes window;

  • If you are on a Mac, drag the video files from the Finder to the iTunes window.

  • The videos will be imported to the Movies section of your iTunes library.

Way 2: Add files to iTunes Library

In iTunes, choose File > Add to Library/Add Folder to Library and select a video or folder that you want to import to iTunes from the computer. The imported videos can be found in Home Videos under Movies.

Add Videos to iTunes

Part 2: 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. Incompatible MP4 codecs 

Here are the video formats that iTunes supports:

  • .mov file

  • .m4v file

  • .mp4 file

However, 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.

To convert your MP4 videos to iTunes supported formats, just try FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate. This MP4 to iTunes video converter has optimized presets to let you to convert MP4, MKV to formats supported by iTunes and Apple devices including iPad, iPod, iPhone and Apple TV. The converter can also support MP3, WMA, etc. audio files to iTunes supported formats.

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

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Tip: If you need to import MP4 to iTunes so that you can sync the videos to iPhone, you can use FonePaw iOS Transfer, which can get videos from computer to iPhone, iPad or iPod directly without iTunes. 

Part 3: How to Convert MP4 to iTunes with 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 import MP4 videos to the program.

Run Video Converter Program and Add Files

2. Set iTunes and iOS supported MPEG-4 format

Click "Profile" and set iTunes and iOS devices compatible "MPEG4 Video (*.mp4)" as output video format.

If you want to convert video to iTunes supported MOV, select MOV- QuickTime (*.mov) as output profile.

Set iTunes and iOS Supported MPEG-4 Format

Tips: In order to make the output files 100% supported by iTunes, choose "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. Convert MP4 to iTunes 

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. You can find the imported MP4 movies in "Home Video".


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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