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raggamac
Nov 25, 2010, 03:27 PM
This is driving me a bit crazy.

Whats the best way to get my AVIs to play on my Apple TV without converting every one individually?
The only solution I can find at the moment is to batch convert them using shareware but is there not an easier way? ie without converting them.

Pete



anim8or
Nov 25, 2010, 03:34 PM
Unfortunately, unless someone knows any better, converting them by batch or otherwise is your only way.

I use the now discontinued visualhub to convert my avi files for appletv use, and when i have a load of them i just do a batch overnight.

I don't know how many you have but once they are all converted you will reap the rewards of your time spent doing so.

raggamac
Nov 25, 2010, 04:35 PM
so really, nobody has found a way to do this!?

KeithJenner
Nov 25, 2010, 04:52 PM
so really, nobody has found a way to do this!?

Not that I know of, but there is potential with Airplay if you aren't in a rush.

If video Airplay is made available to third party Apps then it raises the possibility of using something like AirVideo to stream to an iOS device and then use Airplay to transfer to the Apple TV.

Of course it does rely on you having that device, video Airplay being opened up and you are doubling network usage, as it has to go via the iOS device.

raggamac
Nov 25, 2010, 05:42 PM
ive found an old link for visualhub.. is it a good program? I've got Total Video Converter and Tune4Mac which both seem to be ok although Tune4Mac doesn't convert to .mov which is annoying. Total Video Converter seems to be the best freeware I can find to do it by batch.

raggamac
Nov 25, 2010, 05:46 PM
I've got visualhub downloading now, the best program I've found so far is Total Video Converter.. Seems to do the job.

raggamac
Nov 25, 2010, 05:56 PM
A bit of a novice one but whats better .mp4 or .mov? Is there any difference in quality?

shaotse
Nov 25, 2010, 06:52 PM
I'm now using videomonkey (http://videomonkey.org/Video_Monkey/About.html) to batch convert- it's an awesome resurrection of the visualhub code which stays current- use the appleTV preset with some tweakability and the app is perfect-

raggamac
Nov 26, 2010, 12:43 PM
cheers Ill have a look at that too.

CWallace
Nov 26, 2010, 04:29 PM
[QUOTE=raggamac;11484153Whats the best way to get my AVIs to play on my Apple TV without converting every one individually?[/QUOTE]

Unfortunately, there is not one as the :apple:tv cannot natively playback AVI files. So it has to be converted into a format that the :apple:tv can play.

Note: If you have the older, larger :apple:tv, there are hacks that will allow it to play AVIs. But I don't believe the new, black model has been hacked to bring that functionality, but I might be wrong.

mdwsta4
Nov 26, 2010, 06:33 PM
this is pretty much what i'm waiting for as well. I have no desire to convert ALL my avi files, let alone dump them all into itunes and waste hard drive space on my MBP (currently all movies/shows are kept on external drives). i'm hoping VLC app will update soon enough and all us to use airplay to view those files.

Hopefully a solution like this will be out soon in cydia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1CK9X3aFTw&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMkLH2QH5E&feature=player_embedded

SurfMacJpMtb
Nov 26, 2010, 06:37 PM
I often use Quicktime/Perian

Export to TV

Works great unless there is interlace issues. The files are unfortunately larger.

VisualHub is also great and can assist with interlace issues.

illitrate23
Nov 27, 2010, 06:02 AM
it's not the simplest method, but i set up the apps and scripts detailed here for converting my dvds for watching on AppleTV and iPhone
http://forum.handbrake.fr/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=12726&sid=c2c3c65aa7e650ff96f04b0e59fddf3f

since then, I put together my own Automator workflow saved as a service so i can right-click on an .avi file, choose my Convert to iTunes script, and it converts the file using Handbrake, then downloads and applies the tags for the movie or tv show, and loads it into iTunes.

took a bit of time to set it all up, but it was worth it

raggamac
Nov 28, 2010, 03:37 PM
Thats cool,

Is there an AirVideoEnabler for MBPs or plugin for Chrome?

Pete

this is pretty much what i'm waiting for as well. I have no desire to convert ALL my avi files, let alone dump them all into itunes and waste hard drive space on my MBP (currently all movies/shows are kept on external drives). i'm hoping VLC app will update soon enough and all us to use airplay to view those files.

Hopefully a solution like this will be out soon in cydia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1CK9X3aFTw&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMkLH2QH5E&feature=player_embedded

raggamac
Nov 28, 2010, 03:38 PM
But again this is just converting them isn't it?
Can you batch convert with QT?

Pete

I often use Quicktime/Perian

Export to TV

Works great unless there is interlace issues. The files are unfortunately larger.

VisualHub is also great and can assist with interlace issues.

aelalfy
Nov 28, 2010, 04:32 PM
But again this is just converting them isn't it?
Can you batch convert with QT?

Pete

Just dump all the files in iflicks, it will tag them and covert them if you set the preset to "HD 720p".

Later
AE

SurfMacJpMtb
Nov 28, 2010, 04:49 PM
But again this is just converting them isn't it?
Can you batch convert with QT?

Pete

I am not aware of a method to do a batch conversion with QT but you can run multiple conversions at one time. Maybe with Automator???

raggamac
Nov 28, 2010, 05:32 PM
iFlicks looks great. I'll try and get it running tomorrow and set the default to 'delete original'. Cheers.

aelalfy
Nov 28, 2010, 05:45 PM
iFlicks looks great. I'll try and get it running tomorrow and set the default to 'delete original'. Cheers.

Hi, Out of habit and me usually liking to double check things, I dont set it to delete original. I encode using the "HD 720p" and delete the files after I make sure they are in itunes.

Also I think .mkv files convert and play on itunes but not on AppleTV when converted using iflicks. I like iflicks because it not only tags the files really well but the conversion is reasonably timed and the file size is usually smaller than the original. Plus no quality is lost (or atleast not that I can see).

I think its great when converting .avi files from downloads and stuff. But I think it has a problem with .mkv

Thanks
AE

raggamac
Nov 28, 2010, 05:48 PM
cheers for the tips.

just found this: http://firecore.com/atvflash