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How to Add Movies and Video to iTunes in Mac OS X Lion

There are a number of ways to add media to iTunes in Mac OS X Lion, depending upon the type of media and where the files reside. For example, in OS X Lion you can add movie or video files you’ve downloaded from websites or received as enclosures in e-mail messages. You can buy music, movies, TV shows, audiobooks, and apps for your iPhone/iPod/iPad at the iTunes Store.

The iTunes Store and Internet radio require that you be connected to the Internet before you can use them. And although both work over a dial-up Internet connection (more or less), both features work much better when used over a broadband connection.

To add a video file such as an MOV or MPEG document from your hard drive, either drag the document to the iTunes window or choose File→Add to Library (shortcut: Command+O) and choose the file in the Open File dialog. In either case, the file is added to your iTunes Movie library.

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You can also buy movies, TV shows, and other video content from the iTunes Store. Shopping for video is almost the same as shopping for music. Here are the steps:

  1. Click the iTunes Store in the Source List on the left.

  2. Either click a link or type a movie title, music-video name, actor or director name, keyword, or phrase in the Search field, and press Return or Enter to start the search.

  3. When you find a video item that interests you, double-click it to see a preview, or click the Buy Episode or Buy Video button to purchase the episode or video.

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