August 13, 2014

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I noticed many people have asked this question on Apple’s discussion forum.  Yes, it’s different to turn on the closed captioning when playing iTunes movies with iTunes or other idevices, like iPhone, iTouch, Apple TV.  Here I want to provide some tips on this issue.

What’s Closed Captioning (CC)

Closed captioning is a kind of special subtitle, which is designed for the people who can’t hear normally, or the people who need to watch the movies under a muted surrounding.  The closed captioning is usually made with some descriptive texts.

Most iTunes movies we bought or rented contain the full closed captioning. But it’s turned off by default when we playing the movies.  We have to manually turn it on if we need it.  We can also backup our iTunes DRMed movies/TV shows as DRM free MP4 format with closed captioning kept.

Refer to this tutorial:

How to Turn on Closed captions on different devices

Part 1. Turn on closed captioning on Mac/PC

1. For Mac: Choose iTunes > Preferences, For Windows: Choose Edit > Preferences

2. Click the Playback tab.

3. Enable “Show closed captioning when available.” and click “OK”

Part 2. Turn on Closed Captioning on iPhone/iPad

To enable the Closed captions on your iPhone or iPad, just go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Subtitles & Captioning, then tap the switch next to Closed Captions + SDH.

Part 3. Turn on Closed Captions on Apple TV.

Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Closed Captions + SDH > Style. You can also choose one of the predefined styles: Default, Large Text, or Classic.


July 17, 2014

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As everyone knows, it’s much cheaper to rent movies on iTunes than purchase the movies. For some movies we don’t want to collect or store forever, we can rent the movies for instantly watching. The quality is the same as the purchased one. But what’s the difference between the purchased movies and rentals?

Yes, Anybody who have an Apple user ID can rent movies from iTunes movie store with at least iTunes 10. And both iTunes Rental movies and iTunes purchased movies are protected by Apples’ Fairplay DRM technology. However, for iTunes rental movies, we only have 30 days from the time of rental to watch the movie, and 24 hours (in the US) or 48 hours (elsewhere) after we started viewing to finish it. Once the rental period expires, the movie will disappear from our iTunes library. That’s the iTunes rental means.  

Somebody will ask that is it possible to unlock the iTunes rentals limitations and keep the iTunes rental movies forever? The answer is “Yes”. Actually, there are some iTunes DRM removal applications in the market now. And TunesKit iTunes DRM Removal for Mac ( ) is the best one I currently find.

TunesKit iTunes DRM removal Mac software can easily kill the iTunes DRM protection from both iTunes purchased videos and rental videos with 1-2-3 steps. It converts the encrypted iTunes M4V videos to unprotected MP4 format, so that we can enjoy all our iTunes downloaded movies on non-Apple devices, like Samsung Galaxy, HTC, Nokia, Windows Phone&Tablet. It’s worth to mention that TunesKit for Mac can preserve the original video quality 100%. All video data will be kept in the output MP4 videos, including the subtitles, multiple language audio tracks, and even the AC3 dolby 5.1 audio track etc. The conversion speed is also the fastest, which can be up to 50x faster than other similar products.

How to Remove DRM From iTunes Videos on Mac OS With TunesKit

Step 1.  Add iTunes DRM M4V videos to TunesKit

Click Add button to import iTunes M4V videos to TunesKit iTunes DRM Removal software.

Step 2.  Set Output Path

Click Output box, and choose the output path for storing the output MP4 videos. You can also skip this step and save it in the default path.

Step 3. Start Conversion

Click “Convert” button to start removing iTunes DRM and convert iTunes M4V to MP4 format.

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