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Old Mar 10, 2012, 02:15 PM   #1
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MKV to MP4 for AppleTV

If I have a 1080p MKV file, what is the quickest way to turn this into an MP4/M4V file for playback on AppleTV2/3? ie no reconverting, just turning it into an MP4 "as is".

I believe there are a few tools that will do this (on a mac), looking for suggestions etc.
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Old Mar 10, 2012, 03:08 PM   #2
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MP4Tools is what you are looking for (as long as the mkv contains h264/x264 video)
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Old Mar 10, 2012, 03:13 PM   #3
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yeah they are x264 inside an MKV container.
so, the MKV has both DTS and AC3 audio, I guess I don't need to bother with the DTS track as it's for AppleTV playback.

I do know that the AppleTV needs 2 audio tracks (AAC and AC3 pass-thru), but when I quickly tried MP4Tools, it created an M4V file that only had the AC3 audio track?
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Old Mar 10, 2012, 04:57 PM   #4
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If the contents of the file are ATV 2/3 compatible, then you want Subler.

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Old Mar 10, 2012, 05:12 PM   #5
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If the contents of the file are ATV 2/3 compatible, then you want Subler.

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I believe subler and mp4tools will do the same task.
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Old Mar 10, 2012, 10:27 PM   #6
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I do know that the AppleTV needs 2 audio tracks (AAC and AC3 pass-thru), but when I quickly tried MP4Tools, it created an M4V file that only had the AC3 audio track?
You need to check the "add a 2-channel track" box, that will add an AAC track in addition to the AC3 track.
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Old Mar 11, 2012, 06:51 AM   #7
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You need to check the "add a 2-channel track" box, that will add an AAC track in addition to the AC3 track.
trying it just now, does this look correct?

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Old Mar 11, 2012, 09:38 AM   #8
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Yes, just don't forget to set Device to "Apple TV." All it really does is make sure the output file gets the .m4v extension instead of mp4.
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Old Apr 16, 2012, 10:14 AM   #9
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trying it just now, does this look correct?

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OK having converted a few 1080p rips, i'm noticing that some (but not all) end up with the audio slightly out of sync (5.1 track).

source files are 1080p MKV with DTS tracks, and being re-converted to AC3 5.1.

any ideas?
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 12:17 PM   #10
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i have been using handbrake for a while now with no problems except the time it takes to convert for Apple TV. I have just started using MKV2M4V and MP4 Tools for muxing but have run into a strange problem. Both programs have failed to mux the last 10 minutes of 2 different movies. Hope someone can help. Thanks.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 02:00 PM   #11
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i have been using handbrake for a while now with no problems except the time it takes to convert for Apple TV. I have just started using MKV2M4V and MP4 Tools for muxing but have run into a strange problem. Both programs have failed to mux the last 10 minutes of 2 different movies. Hope someone can help. Thanks.
1, MKV2M4V isn't as robust / powerful as, say, Subler or even the latest betas of MP4Tools. I wouldn't personally use it - there are better choices. (See http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1504900 for more info & comparisons.)

2, are you sure you have the latest version of MP4Tools?

3, can you post an example MKV, with which these tools fail? You could just radically downsize the video track via Handbrake and overwriting the video track of the MKV file with the converted video track (assuming the results are still incompatible with the remuxers) so that the upload file becomes manageable.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 07:08 PM   #12
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What do you guys use to input the meta data? I have a lot of TV Shows and Movies. Do you guys do one at a time! Thanks in advance!
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