iTunes is great for managing music files, but it gets a little more complicated when you want to do the same with your videos. iTunes only supports a few formats, so you may need to convert your videos before adding them. In iTunes 12 and later, the videos you add are stored in the Home Videos section of your Movies library.
Part 1 of 2: Converting your video files
Step 1. Check the format of the video you want to add
iTunes only supports MP4 (M4V) and MOV file formats. It does not support popular file formats such as AVI, MKV and WMV. If your videos are not in the appropriate format, you may not be able to add them to your iTunes library. Please check the file format of your video before proceeding. If it is an incompatible file format, follow this section to convert it to a compatible file format. If the video is already in MP4, M4V or MOV file format, you can skip this and go to the next section.
- Windows – Right click on the video file and select 'Properties'. Check the 'File type' line in the general tab to view the file format.
- Mac - Control-click the file and select 'View Info'. Check the line 'Sort' in the general section of the View Information window.
Step 2. Download and install Adapter
This is a freeware video converter that can quickly convert video files to an iTunes compatible format. It is available for both Windows and Max. If you download Adapter from macroplant.com/adapter/, don't worry about adware.
During the installation, make sure the 'Download and install FFmpeg' box is checked. FFmpeg is open source and contains no ads
Step 3. Drag and drop your video files into the Adapter window
You can drag and drop all the files you want to convert or add that file by file. You can also click the 'Browse' button in the Adapter window and search for the files you want to convert.
Step 4. Click on the Output menu at the bottom of the window
This will allow you to select the format in which the file will be converted.
Step 5. Select 'Video' → 'General' → 'Custom MP4'
As a result, Adapter will convert your files to the MP4 format, which is compatible with iTunes.
If you are adding these videos to iTunes so that you can sync them to your iOS device, select the preset for your iPhone, iPad or iPod in the 'Apple' section of the Output menu
Step 6. Click the Gear button to view additional settings
This menu allows you to change certain settings before converting.
- You can change the destination of the converted files at the top of the menu.
- The 'Quality' menu in the Resolution section allows you to set the image quality after conversion. 'Medium' is the default setting which will result in a smaller file size with slightly lower quality. Select "Very High (No Loss)" to keep the original quality of the video.
Step 7. Click "Convert" to convert the videos
This may take a while, especially with longer videos or on older computers
Step 8. Find your converted files
By default, the converted files will be saved in the same location as the original files. Find them so you can easily add them to iTunes.
Part 2 of 2: Add videos to iTunes
Step 1. Launch iTunes
If your video files are in the correct format, you can add them to iTunes library. Make sure iTunes is up to date to ensure the best playback experience.
Step 2. Add a video to your library
The procedure for this is slightly different for Windows and Mac:
- Windows – Press alt=""Image" to display the menu bar. Click the File menu and select "Add File to Library" or "Add Folder to Library." Locate the video file or folder with multiple files you want to add.</li" />
- Mac – Click on the iTunes menu and select 'Add to Library'. Locate the video file or folder you want to add.
Step 3. Select the Videos section in iTunes
You can access it by clicking the filmstrip button at the top of the window. Don't worry if your newly added files don't show up; they are hidden in a subcategory.
Step 4. Select the 'Home Videos' tab
It's in the top row of iTunes.
Step 5. Find your added videos
Videos that you have added yourself will end up in the Home Videos section. If the video cannot be found there, it means that the format was not compatible. Double-check the video file format and convert it to a compatible format by following the steps in the previous section.
Step 6. Move videos from 'Home Videos' to 'Movies' or 'TV Shows'
You can put your videos in the right category so that you can find them more easily in the future:
- Right click on the video in the Home Videos section and select 'Show Info.
- Click on the 'Options' tab and use the 'media type' menu to adjust where the video is classified.