How to Add Movies to iTunes

by Kammy Pow
    Users can purchase, rent or import their own personal movies into iTunes.

    Users can purchase, rent or import their own personal movies into iTunes.

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    The versatile iTunes software can store movies, videos or television shows that you purchase or rent through the iTunes Store. ITunes can also import homemade movies and videos from your personal collection. After downloading or importing the movies into your iTunes library, you can drag and drop them to your video-enabled mobile device or perform a sync so the new files are uploaded to your mobile device.

    Add Purchased and Rental Movies from the iTunes Store

    Step 1

    Open iTunes.

    Step 2

    Click on "iTunes Store" under the Source list and select "Movies" or "TV Shows" from the navigation bar to open the movies and TV shows pages.

    Step 3

    Select a category from "Quick Links," do a keyword or subject search using the "Search Store" tool or scroll through the page for titles that interest you. Click on the movie title to go to its information page.

    Step 4

    Read through the movie summary and reviews on the information page. Decide on whether you want to purchase or rent the movie. Click on "Buy HD Movie" or "Buy Movie" to make the purchase. Otherwise, click on "Rent HD Movie" or "Rent Movie" to watch the movie as a rental. If you choose to rent, you have 30 days from the date of download to view the movie. Once you start the movie, you have 24 hours to complete it.

    Step 5

    Enter your iTunes account Apple ID and password and then click "Buy." This action will download the "Movies" section of your iTunes library.

    Step 6

    Double-click the movie to play it or attach your mobile device to your computer to move the movie to your device.

    Import Home Movies Into iTunes

    Step 1

    Open iTunes.

    Step 2

    Select either "Add File to Library" or "Add Folder to Library" under the "File" menu. The first option will select individual movies for import to your iTunes movie playlist. The second will add the *.mov or MPEG-4 (*.m4v or *.mp4) formatted files to the playlist.

    Step 3

    Browse through your computer to locate the folder that stores your *.mov or *.mp4 files in the "Add File" or "Add Folder" dialog box. Select the desired movie or folder and then click "Open." The movies will download to the iTunes library.

    Step 4

    Double-click the movie to play it or attach your mobile device to your computer to move the movie to your device.

    Add Non-iTunes Movies Automatically to iTunes Using Windows Explorer

    Step 1

    Open Windows Explorer and locate the folder containing the *.mov or the *.mp4 files.

    Step 2

    Right-click on the files and select "Copy."

    Step 3

    Open the folder contained under "Computer\Music\iTunes\iTunes\Music\Automatically Add to iTunes" and paste the file there. ITunes will automatically put the file on the movie playlist when iTunes restarts.

    Tips

    • Music videos, movies and TV shows that are purchased through the iTunes store are perfectly legal to share and sync with your personal iOS devices.

    Warnings

    • According to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, ripped movies, whether downloaded from a file-sharing client, pirated or ripped from a DVD you own, are illegal.
    • All purchases made through the iTunes Store are final.

    Required Items

    • Apple account username and password

    About the Author

    Kammy Pow studied biological sciences at the University of California Irvine. She spent 13 years as a programmer for the financial, medical research, and healthcare sectors. She has been freelancing since 2005 and currently writes health-care related material and pens the occasional review for Southern California altweeklies.

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