How to Convert From a Protected MPEG to MPEG-4 Video Files

By Mario Calhoun

Convert your protected video files to MP4.
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If you've tried to add videos you've purchased from the iTunes Store to media players other than iPods and iPhones, you'll notice there is a restriction on purchased videos. This restriction is to prevent illegal distribution of videos, but it also limits your abilities to use your purchased content for non-Apple products. Thankfully, there are third-party programs that can convert protected videos to the standard MP4 video format. These shareware programs require a purchased code to unlock all of the features, and can be found online at software download sites.

Step 1

Download and install ImTOO MP4 Video Converter, and double-click the program's icon on your desktop to run it. This program is able to convert protected files and convert them into a variety of popular video formats, including MP4. Click the drop-down menu under "Profile" to choose your video format, then click the Folder icon in the upper-left corner of the program window. Select your protected video, and click the "Record" button, which is a red circle.

Step 2

Use Leawo Free MP4 Converter. This free program is compatible with PCs and Macintosh computers, and supports popular video formats including protected MPEG-4 files. Open the program and click the "Add" button to add a video to the queue. Click the drop-down menu next to the "Style" section to select your output video format, and click the green arrow "Convert" button in the lower right corner to begin the conversion process.

Step 3

Download and install OJOsoft MP4 Converter. Run it and click the "To MP4" button on the program window. Similar to the previous programs, OJOsoft MP4 Converter provides basic video conversion and supports a number of different input formats, including protected MPEG-4. Click the "Browse" tab to add your protected video, and click the "Convert" button in the lower right corner.