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26 Oct 2006

So lately, I've subscribed to a certain website that has a lot of cool videos in WMV. However, when I download them to my computer, it requires me to authenticate with servers before I can view it. In the license overview of the file, it states that the file can only be viewed until a certain date. My question is this: How can I change the format of the file so it isnt apart of the DRM crap?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Sounds like a job for TuneBite.

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28 Oct 2006

Tunebite sure soudned good, until its checkout system choked on my credit card. There's nothing wrong with the account but they seem to think there is. Potential buyer beware!

EDITOR'S NOTE: Most likely a processing glitch... happens to me all the time. Especially with debit cards.

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13 Nov 2006

i'm trying to use tunebite to convert itunes video but when i start the process, the video is choppy and the audio is even worse. it's fine when i just watch it though itunes.

Is that the way the video will be once converted?

is tunebite the ONLY solution? are there any other programs out there that will accomplish the same thing? Any help would be appreciated.

EDITOR'S NOTE:I think Tunebite will run much better with ample RAM and a fast CPU. I had some problems on a system with 256MB of RAM.

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Tony Harms
14 Nov 2006

Well, here's my two cents. I just want to be able to use a video player OTHER than itunes to play the videos I download. I bought the entire first season of Disney's The Little Einsteins for my daughter who absolutely loves the show. She's not even a year old yet and she can mimic everything they do. So my issue is this: My computer exceeds even the "recommended" system requirements for itunes, but when I try to play them on the itunes video player it is slow, choppy, and skips. All I want is to play it on a different video player so my daughter can actually watch and enjoy these videos I purchased for her.

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20 Nov 2006

I actually have the tunebite program setup and was able to burn my favorite tv show to dvd. The picture clarity is subpar, and it freezes in a few places. I can hear what is going on but the picture is frozen in one place. I am currently trying to work out the kinks, are there any suggestions as to what settings they should be on or anything else that could help out.

Posted by:

24 Nov 2006

Nice article. This is one of the best summaries on iTunes m4v conversion I've found, and one that covers the conclusions reached on several otherwise frustrating forums concisely and clearly. Thanks!

Posted by:

06 Dec 2006

I had no luck with Tunebite for M4v files other than pulling off an audio track so I can't say I'm impressed with that method. I did however find another method that works for me.

I use a program called AutoScreenRecorderPro v 2.1 which gives me some flexibility as to what codec, framerate and cpu priority to make the recording with. I also used the Quicktime player instead of the Itunes player and told the recorder to record the window of the player so it effectively cuts out everything but the movie.

In AutoScreenRecorderPro I selected the Microsoft MPEG4 Video Codec V2, Image quality 80, and framerate 60 recording priority set to High. I had to play with this a bit. After it created the .AVI file I dropped it into DVD Movie Factory 4 and made a DVD that played great on the TV.

The Pro version supports recording audio but they also have a free version for testing the video recording capability at

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17 Dec 2006

I bought the 59.00, (most expensive) Tunebit program but cannot get video file to copy and play when I transferr to a CD with the video. I just get the audio...the whole purpose for me getting this program so I could copy my videos from iTunes and take with to play on other players,

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22 Dec 2006

I bought a bunch of stuff in iTunes assuming that one day I could burn all this stuff. As an artist I am very aware of “karma”. I would have someone’s fanny if they bought a painting of mine, copied it and “shared” the image. I am straight with that. But all I want to do is watch my purchase in my own living room.

I feel duped by Apple, screwed by them actually, because I was never “pre-warned” of the extreme limited use. And, the companies Apple “saves” from “duplicators” the same companies that make every other retail medium that is so extremely easy to copy. Back to Apple!

Posted by:

Wayne Durant
13 Feb 2007

Thanks TechZilla for posting about AutoScreenRecorder from Wisdom-soft! It works great for me as a school teacher playing with tech stuff... The framerate doesn't have to higher than 20 (anything above that makes little difference). They have some video guides on the website,

I would highly recommend this screen recorder.

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15 Feb 2007

Is there any possible software solution for Linux or OS X?

Posted by:

16 Mar 2007

My problem is that my CPU is only 1.3GHz. I downloaded a m4v file from itunes (I didn't know Quicktime requires 2.x GHz). I would like to get this music video to my zune. I can't use tunebite as I can't play it, which means tunebite can't record it. Is there a way to convert it or remove protection without viewing it? please help. Thanks.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Maybe an older version of Quicktime, or a friend could help.

Posted by:

kevin mcwilister
19 May 2007

can you tell me how i can copy of downloaded videos saved on my computer, to dvd ond watch them on the tele with my dvd player instead of having to acess my computer all the time to watch them.

EDITOR'S NOTE: If your computer has a DVD burner and burning software, it should guide you through the process. If you don't have the software, check out Nero Burning or Roxio.

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15 Sep 2007

I purchased Tunebite Platinum +MPEG4, but my videos are converted to mp3s instead of to the selected video format. I use several high end graphics programs for my job, so I have a core 2 duo processor, 4 gigs of ram, and I even have 256k of dedicated ram on the video card of my home computer. Needless to say I am not very happy with Tunebite because I bought Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends for my daughter but she can only watch them on my computer, so this is quite an inconvenience for me. Pretty soon I am going to have to go wig shopping, because this has me pulling out my hair!!

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08 Oct 2007

Tunebite sucks! The video is choppy and the sound is even worse.

EDITOR'S NOTE: It depends on your hardware. Some people have excellent results. Others, not so good.

Posted by:

21 Oct 2007

As pe Aitikin's question on 15 Feb - are you aware of any Mac OSX solution? As far as I can tell, there is no OSX version of Tunebite, I don't have an Intel Mac, and I don't have access to a Windows PC. Thanks for any pointers.

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29 Dec 2007

Sadly i have had the same issue as other posters who have purchased itunes videos hoping to be able to watch them on my big screen. and the only actual solution that i have been able t find is to use a apple tv which is an expensive option but supposably it will also be a hard drive too at least thats what my 'kind' friends at apple have told me

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10 Jan 2008

I use converter TuneCab for converting any kind of audio and video data to commonly used formats such as MP3, AAC, WAV audio, MPEG4, DivX movie and even ripping Youtube video.

Posted by:

Mark Verschell
10 Jan 2008

Mac OS X has a number of solutions, unfortunately none of them are "elegant". If you are simply trying to view the video AND you have a video iPod, then there are a number of cable options (both Apple and non-Apple) for the iPod. These range from $19 up to around $59, and include Composite video, S-Video and Component Video.

I have used some of these cables in the past to capture video and convert it by connecting to an Analog to Digital convertor and capturing the output in iMovie, and then using various utilities to convert the DV to other formats. Many miniDV cameras have this option built-in.

Lastly, there are a number of screen capture utilities for OS X, freeware, shareware and commercial that can convert on the fly as you play the video. I haven't had a lot of luck with them — but your mileage may vary (see comments about TuneBite). Check out the page

Lastly, DON'T STEAL — use these techniques to enjoy your videos under Fair Use, don't share them with the world.

Posted by:

18 Jan 2008

TuneCab (a.k.a. SoundTaxi) requires you to shut off anti-virus protection! I was immediately attacked shorty after installing this - it is a hoax!

EDITOR'S NOTE: I'm sure it was a coincidence. What exactly do you mean by attacked?

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