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Rotary8
Feb 18, 2008, 09:24 PM
I did search and it's a bit much to sort through so I'll ask it.

I plan on using my mac to stream over encoded .mp4 content to the apple TV through Wireless G network. I encoded one of my dvds to a 2.5 gig mp4 file, posted it to itunes where it's shared over a network and ran into this problem: I have another mac to test with and trying to open that movie file took a hell of a long time. As a matter of fact, it didn't open at all, my network status kept showing 3.2 MegaBytes (not bits, I know the difference) and what I was hoping for was instant playback while it's streaming over wifi. Instead after 10 minutes of waiting I finally gave up and wanted to see what you've all experienced.

Does Apple TV have better/smarter streaming of homemade mp4 files (especially larger ones for HD content) or would i have to wait for it to load up the entire damn thing like from mac to mac over itunes?

thanks for the responses,



FreeState
Feb 18, 2008, 09:38 PM
Does Apple TV have better/smarter streaming of homemade mp4 files (especially larger ones for HD content) or would i have to wait for it to load up the entire damn thing like from mac to mac over itunes?

thanks for the responses,


I am on wireless N, but have used G before, and both are almost instant on showing streamed HD content that is stored on a Mac (4 gig files). I highly recommend you use Handbreak or Visual Hub to encode them with their built in AppleTV settings.

Rotary8
Feb 18, 2008, 09:46 PM
I am on wireless N, but have used G before, and both are almost instant on showing streamed HD content that is stored on a Mac (4 gig files). I highly recommend you use Handbreak or Visual Hub to encode them with their built in AppleTV settings.

Cool, I've been using them for my ipod touch and recently started converting my dvds to get ready for apple TV.

MikieMikie
Feb 19, 2008, 07:12 AM
+ 1 for "g" and "n" networks -- no stuttering, no problems.

H.264 or MP4 files -- it shouldn't matter where they came from, commercial or home-brewed, so long as the bitrate is within reasonable limits.