Can't add MP4 video to iTunes library

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by badlydrawnboy, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. badlydrawnboy, Apr 12, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2017

    badlydrawnboy macrumors 65816

    Oct 20, 2003
    I bought a DVD of an exercise program. I ripped it using RipIt, then created an MP4 using Handbrake.

    However, when I try to add it to my iTunes library nothing happens. I choose "Add to library..." and select the file, but I don't see it in "Movies" > recently added, and can't find it when I search for it.

    EDIT: Actually, the file was there. It was in "Home Movies". However, it doesn't show up on any of my other devices. I tried doing "Get Info" and changing the content type to "TV Show" and "Movie", hoping that would force iTunes to upload it, but that didn't work.

    Any ideas?
  2. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    Have you done this successfully with other video files? If so what are you doing differently?

    I had a similar issue, caused by file permissions. For some reason iTunes wasn't adding to the library unless I was logged in as an admin iTunes liked.

    I don't know if your DVD had any DRM protection and that is messing with iTunes.
  3. badlydrawnboy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 20, 2003
    I was able to add the video to the library on iTunes on my iMac, but it's not showing up on any of my other devices. So unfortunately the title of my post is no longer accurate. Different problem now.
  4. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

    Stefan johansson

    Apr 13, 2017
    Not sure if I can help,but I transferred video clips from Sony friends-100 action cam to my iPad,worked well,and when syncing with MacBook,the files where transferred to my iTunes library.
  5. badlydrawnboy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 20, 2003
    Thank you. I learned that you have to sync videos that are ripped manually by plugging in the iOS device to the computer that the video was ripped to, and using iTunes to copy it over. Apparently the videos don't upload to iCloud and download on the other devices like TV shows and movies do.
  6. maulll macrumors newbie


    Aug 10, 2017
    If you can't sync videos from iTunes to iPhone iPad, you need to check the technical specifications of your MP4 files. The specifications like bitrate, size, sample rate and others should match with those of your iDevice to ensure successful sync. You'd better try to convert the video to your device fully compatible format and tech specs. Some converters have preset profiles optimized for specific model.

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