Rip Blu-ray movies to M4V for using in iTunes and Apple TV

Do you have a large collection of Blu-ray movies and want to backup them in digital format in iTunes or Apple TV on Mac? The answer is in the following article.


Going to cinema is the immediate thing for Winter Sleep fans. But in the long run, owning its Blu-ray is a more savable and convenient way. With the new year 2015 coming, new Blu-ray releases never take a breather, and even the shortest month of the year will have plenty of popular or critically acclaimed movies like Boyhood, Left Behind, Horns, etc. that screened in theaters last year hit the retail market. Then are you looking for a good product to convert your existing Blu-ray disks to digital format?

Convert existing Blu-ray disks to digital format for iTunes/Apple TV

The aims of my conversion

For me, I make digital backup of their Blu-ray for two usages:

  • Store Blu-ray library in iTunes:

iTunes is a free app that runs on Mac like MacBook Air, iPhone, iPod, iPad, etc. With it, you can organize and play digital music and videos on your computer easily.

  • Play Blu-ray via Apple TV:

For Apple TV users, they are able to sync video to Apple TV from PC and then to watch the video on big HD TV. With it, you could avoid suffering the load and crowed cinema while having the same enjoyment of the fantastic visual effect at home.

How to complete the conversion

Once I have tried Handbrake, but it can deal with non-protected DVD or Blu-ray only, also I having tested some Blu-ray/DVD ripper and converter for Mac from google searching, I'm not satisfied until I find Pavtube BDMagic for Mac. It is on the top list of many online reviews and is regarded as the most easy-operated and powerful BD Ripping Tool. So in this tutorial, I will introduce and share an easy way to rip Blu-ray to digital format for using in iTunes/Apple TV.

Free download and install it:

Pavtube BDMagic for Mac which can help you convert Blu-ray to Apple TV/iTunes compatible format for playback without any limitation. I've found the quality to be excellent, and see no difference when compared to playing the discs themselves.

How to Rip existing Blu-ray library to Apple TV/iTunes in Mac?

1. Load Blu-ray source.

First of all, insert your Blu-ray to Blu-ray drive and keep networked. Now it's time to open the Mac Blu-ray to iTunes/ATV Ripper and click "Load files" icon to load Blu-ray source.

Mac Blu-ray to iTunes/ATV Ripper

2. Choose output M4V format for iTunes/Apple TV.

In the dropdown list of Format menu, you can find several options for output. According to my experience, "M4V - MPEG-4 Video(*.m4v)" from "Common Video" preset is highly recommended for putting onto iTunes.

I was very pleased to find so many M4V file types built into BDMagic. So for Apple TV, I choose "Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)" profile in "Apple TV" column to get a 1080p m4v output with stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1 pass though.

  • Find no 5.1 Surround Sound from Apple TV? Here is your best solution.
Apple TV video format

Tips: For some advances users, you can go to adjust video and audio parameters like bitrate, resolution, channels, etc. Click "Settings" button you can go to check and change them as you like.

3. Convert Blu-ray to iTunes/Apple TV video on Mac.

Click Convert button to rip Blu-ray to iTunes/Apple TV recognized M4V video for playing. Afterwards, transfer the converted video for watching on your iPad, iPhone, iPod, etc via iTunes with ease.


P.S. How to Connect Apple TV to iTunes on PC to sync video to Apple TV?

Step 1: (Wireless) Connect Apple TV to PC.


Apple TV is bulit-in 802.11 wireless capability, you can sync your video, songs, photos from iTunes to Apple TV with ease and enjoy them on the couch if you have an existing wireless network. If you have no this, you can build up one or connect Apple TV to your computer via an Ethernet cable.

Step 2: Select source menu and get a passcode.


Select Sources on Apple TV’s main menu and select syncing from the sources menu. Apple TV will generate a passcode to sync. Remember it.

Step 3: Go to iTunes; select Apple TV from the Devices list.

sync video to Apple TV via iTunes

Step 4: Connect to iTunes and then sync video from it to Apple TV.


Enter the passcode to iTunes, and if it was accepted, click “OK” to make confirm. Then you can sync the video from iTunes to Apple TV as you like by drag and drop.

Tip: When you got the video in Apple TV, you can also stream the video to other media devices like iPad or iPhone.

There you have it! Have a good time with your friends and family! Also you can backup DVD to iTunes library for Apple TV 3 streaming.

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