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rph105
Nov 13, 2007, 10:24 PM
ok im lookin to buy a new tv, its about time, gnna go hd, and get a 1080p, now i wanted to also buy apple tv, thought it would be convenient to watch my movies on there, and tv shows. now ive got a couple bluray and hd rips and they are .mkv files, how can i get them to play on apple tv and will they appear HD?



Mindflux
Nov 13, 2007, 11:04 PM
ok im lookin to buy a new tv, its about time, gnna go hd, and get a 1080p, now i wanted to also buy apple tv, thought it would be convenient to watch my movies on there, and tv shows. now ive got a couple bluray and hd rips and they are .mkv files, how can i get them to play on apple tv and will they appear HD?

It's capable of 1080i, but not 1080p. Most iTunes movies/shows are 640x320 or something of that nature.

Cave Man
Nov 13, 2007, 11:20 PM
ok im lookin to buy a new tv, its about time, gnna go hd, and get a 1080p, now i wanted to also buy apple tv, thought it would be convenient to watch my movies on there, and tv shows. now ive got a couple bluray and hd rips and they are .mkv files, how can i get them to play on apple tv and will they appear HD?

It will drive your 1080, but will only output 720. The best audio you can get is 5-channel surround (DPLII).

rph105
Nov 13, 2007, 11:24 PM
It will drive your 1080, but will only output 720. The best audio you can get is 5-channel surround (DPLII).

so if ive got a rip of ratatouille tht is 720p tht will work fine right?

imlucid
Nov 13, 2007, 11:36 PM
To be clear, ATV will output 720p and 1080i to a TV. It is limited to playing back 720p/24 content.

Kevin

tronic72
Nov 14, 2007, 04:44 AM
It will drive your 1080, but will only output 720. The best audio you can get is 5-channel surround (DPLII).

I think it's important to note that although the Apple TV is claimed to support 5 channel surround sound this is currently no way to get 5 channel surround which means that the Apple TV is really only good for Stereo. This is probably the Apple TVs most most requested and lacking feature.

netdog
Nov 14, 2007, 05:26 AM
You might want to wait until the new AppleTV is released. Somebody here posted a screenshot yesterday of a page they came across at Apple.com that seemed to be legit that showed new models with a new 2nd generation remote. You may want to see what differences there are in terms of video standards and locks against hackers.

I couldn't find the post for you and am wondering if it was taken down. When I first saw it, it did look real and I could therefore see Apple legal asking to have it yanked.

zedsdead
Nov 14, 2007, 05:40 AM
You might want to wait until the new AppleTV is released. Somebody here posted a screenshot yesterday of a page they came across at Apple.com that seemed to be legit that showed new models with a new 2nd generation remote. You may want to see what differences there are in terms of video standards and locks against hackers.

I couldn't find the post for you and am wondering if it was taken down. When I first saw it, it did look real and I could therefore see Apple legal asking to have it yanked.

It was not real at all...photoshopped...however, I would wait until Macworld...It is very overdue for a software update at least, and by then the Hardware should get some kind of boost as well.

mr_matalino
Nov 14, 2007, 08:08 AM
You might want to wait until the new AppleTV is released. Somebody here posted a screenshot yesterday of a page they came across at Apple.com that seemed to be legit that showed new models with a new 2nd generation remote. You may want to see what differences there are in terms of video standards and locks against hackers.

I couldn't find the post for you and am wondering if it was taken down. When I first saw it, it did look real and I could therefore see Apple legal asking to have it yanked.

It was fake (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=386629).

Cave Man
Nov 14, 2007, 08:55 AM
so if ive got a rip of ratatouille tht is 720p tht will work fine right?

Well, it should, provided you get it in a format that the Apple TV can decode, such as H.264. I don't have such content, so I've never tried.

Cave Man
Nov 14, 2007, 09:06 AM
I think it's important to note that although the Apple TV is claimed to support 5 channel surround sound this is currently no way to get 5 channel surround which means that the Apple TV is really only good for Stereo. This is probably the Apple TVs most most requested and lacking feature.

If you use Handbrake to transcode DVD VOB files into an H.264 file, it can encode Dolby Pro Logic II (5-channel) in the 2-channel stereo tracks, provided the VOB audio has 5.1 or 5-channel tracks. When you play them back on the ATV through the RCA stereo jacks connected to a receiver that can decode DPLII, you will get 5-channel surround. The problem, though, is that there is channel leakage and you don't get perfect channel separation. Most 5.1 receivers have the ability to mimic the LFE signal, but it's not as good as a true 5.1 signal.

Hopefully, Apple will soon provide us with the ability to send a Dolby Digital or DTS (x.1 surround) signals to our receivers. Otherwise, the receiver makers will have to produce receivers with the ability to decode Quicktime 6-channel audio. I don't think that'll happen, but who knows? Some already include iPod connectors, so it's not inconceivable.