iTunes only supports MP4, M4V and MOV formats. If the video you want to add to iTunes is not an compatible format (AVI, MKV, WMV), you should first try to convert the video to a compatible one. Otherwise, you will not be able to add it to iTunes library. You can let video conversion tools like Adapter help you convert your video file.
Apple designed iTunes with the intention that it would be your all in one media library across all your devices (computer, iPhone, iPad etc.) While this has some advantages, it also comes with its own set of problems:
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.
With the change of name from iTunes to Music, Apple has also changed the name of the folder that stores media files. Gone is the iTunes folder, renamed Music, and gone is the iTunes Media folder, renamed Media. You can still choose a location for the Media folder, to put it on an external or network drive, but there is going to be a lot of movement among the files in your iTunes Media folder when you upgrade. While your music files will stay in the same location, with the folder name changed, many of these files will go to different locations. You may want to plan ahead before upgrading if you have a large media library.
Podcast files are stored in a location you would not find easily. In your home folder, they are in /Library/Group Containers/XXXX.groups.com.apple.podcasts, where XXXX is a string of seemingly random characters. (To go to the Library folder, hold down the Option key and click on the Go menu in the Finder, then choose Library; this folder is hidden by default.)
When you upgrade, any podcast files in your iTunes library will be moved to your home folder. If you have a large podcast library, bear this in mind. Note that you cannot add podcast files you already have to the Podcasts app; you can only download them from within the app itself.
Another free app you can use on your iPhone to edit videos and add music to them is Clips. You can use Clips to record a video right away or edit an existing clip from your camera roll or library. The app is simple to get the hang of if your only goal is to add background music to your video for fun.
In addition to serving as a media player, media library, online radio broadcaster, iTunes is also a mobile device management application assisting in transferring files between computer and iPhone iPad iPod Apple TV. By adding MP4 videos to iTunes, we can sync them to iPhone iPad Apple TV when necessary. However, many users report that they can't import MP4 files to iTunes for unknown reasons.
If the movies you want to add to your iPad are purchased from iTunes or the movie file is in your iTunes library, the most straightforward way to put movies to your iPad is to sync movies to your device using iTunes.
You can sync videos to your iPad using iTunes whether you bought them from the iTunes Store or not. The process is quite simple, add the video to your iTunes library and then tell iTunes to sync it to your iPad.
Plex is a media server that works with all the market-leading brands and devices: Apple, Samsung, Google, Windows, and more. It allows you to store all your movies, TV shows, music, and home videos in one place and access them from anywhere.
If none of those solutions work, your video might be corrupt. Try deleting it from your iTunes library and importing it again. Or if you use Time Machine, restore your computer to an earlier version of itself, before the video was corrupted.
As Apple Support indicates, videos such as H.264 or MPEG-4 are compatible videos that iTunes can play. Essentially speaking, M4V, MOV, and MP4 are the video formats that are best supported by iTunes. These formats can perfectly work with both iTunes and QuickTime. Also, files in these formats can be easily and successfully added to the iTunes library. Below is some detailed information about these iTunes video formats.
STEP 2. Launch iTunes. If your video files are in the proper format, you can add these videos to your library. Choose Movies from the pop-up menu at the top left, and then you can see three sections in the Library sidebar on the left.
STEP 3. Choose File > Add File to Library or Add Folder to Library in the menu bar. Locate a file or folder, and all files it contains are added to your library. Then a new section Home Videos will appear in the Library sidebar.
STEP 4. Now you can double-click to open and play your home movies in iTunes. To better manage your movie collection, you can right-click on the video in the Home Videos section and select Video Info. Then switch to the Options tab and use the Media Kind menu to sort your new videos into proper categories.
Choose the Scanner to use with your library. Scanners analyze the folder structure and filename of your content for information about that particular item. The default Scanner is automatically selected when you create the library but you can change it if necessary. To change the Scanner, click the dropdown and select the one you want to use.
Choose the Agent to use with your library. Agents take the information from the Plex Scanner, then search local media and internet sites for metadata about the media. The default Agent is automatically selected when you create the library but you can change it by clicking the dropdown and selecting the one you want.
Choose whether or not video preview thumbnails will be generated for this particular library if the main setting is enabled for the Plex Media Server. If you wish to have video preview thumbnails for a particular library:
Enabling this option will attempt to import your music playlists from iTunes. It will also import your ratings, the date you added the music, as well as play and skip counts for tracks in your library.
Finding Home Sharing media is a little different on the Apple TV. Open the Computers app, select your library, and then choose from music, photos, or videos at the top. A sidebar at the right lets you drill down into your content.
Social Media: Home Sharing is a classic Apple feature for sharing local music and video across your home network. It works much as it always did, but this article explains how to use it on current Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs.
The writing's been on the wall for a few years, especially after the split from iTunes to "Music" and "TV" apps, and while I tested out Plex a few years back, I never really considered switching to another home media library system, mostly due to laziness.
I have a 2010 Mac mini (see above) that's acted as my de-facto media library/NAS for over a decade... and it's still running strong, with an upgraded 20 TB of total storage space. But it's been unsupported by Apple for a few years, and besides, I have a new ASUSTOR Lockerstor 4 with 16 TB of always-online NAS storage!
Jellyfin seems to be an open source fork of Emby, which started up in 2018 after Emby switched to a paid model. To be honest, I'm sure there are 'home media server historians' who could regale you with great stories about how these projects have evolved over the years...
Does Apple even make ipods anymore? An Apple specialist advised me to buy an iphone 7 256 GB phone to use it as a player. Moving music from itunes to my iphone 6 plus cell phone or my iphon/ipod 7 player is truly an afternoon of work and failure. I get notices in grey-ed out songs that my region won't allow me to play it, even tho I own it! Really frustrating.
Nice write-up. I've been using jellyfin for a while, and really like it. I'm generally confused when people prefer Plex, but I'm guessing they have different / more complicated use cases -- I really just want to be able to serve media to a single TV in my home. I'll have to give Infuse a try, looks better than whatever other solution I had found.
When migrating one's iTunes music library to Jellyfin, is there a way to also transfer/copy the playlists? I have so many playlists from iTunes that would be extremely cumbersome to manually recreate in Jellyfin.
First of all, iPhone only supports certain types of video files such as MP4, M4V, and MOV files. Thus, if you want to transfer videos from PC to iPhone for enjoyment, you will need to convert your videos to iPhone-compatible formats. When talking about how to transfer videos from PC to iPhone, iTunes may be regarded as the first choice. As the only official media player and media library application released by Apple, iTunes can manage the libraries of your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You are able to transfer various kinds of videos, from a computer to iPhone with iTunes.
iTunes can be considered as the control room of media content on all Apple Devices. If you love watching videos on your Apple devices, you can either purchase them from iTunes or add your local downloaded videos to iTunes library. iTunes supports QuickTime and MPEG-4 videos for playback. The Movie section of the iTunes library shows all your TV shows, music videos, movies and other video content. In simple situations, you can drag and drop the desired videos from your PC to the iTunes library. The added videos can then be synced to iDevices for playback. However, sometimes we'll meet some troubles in adding MP4 (MPEG-4) to iTunes.
Adding MP4 to iTunes seems to be a simple task, but many times the videos do not get attached to iTunes library and in such situations, they need to be converted to a compatible format. We will discuss situations when MP4 cannot be added to iTunes in the following part of the article.
If you're running a macOS version earlier than Catalina, you may still use the iTunes application. If that's the case, you can remove movies directly from your library. To delete videos from iTunes, follow these steps: 2b1af7f3a8