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|Aug 9, 2012, 11:54 AM||#1|
How to set up mkv files for ATV3 use
So I have about 4TB of movies / TV Shows, all in 720p mkv files. Currently, they reside on two seperate external drives (1 for movies, 1 for TV Shows). Without using Airplay on the Apple TV 3, what are my options in terms of having all files readily available to play directly on the ATV3?
I was thinking of converting all mkv files to mp4, but then how could I set up iTunes that way?
Here's my setup:
iMac - iTunes installed on 128GB SSD, all content (35GB of music on 500GB HDD in iMac). Movies on 3TB Ext HDD, TV Shows on 2 TB Ext. HDD.
Any advice or ideas would be great. I know converting all this content would take a tremendous amount of time...
iMac 21.6" (early 2011), MacBook Air 11.6" (mid-2011), iPhone 5S (Space Grey), iPad Air (Silver)
|Aug 9, 2012, 12:08 PM||#2|
You can use Handbrake (http://handbrake.fr/) to convert to the ATV3 profile.
|Aug 9, 2012, 12:15 PM||#3|
After that, I use iDentify to tags the films and just drop them into iTunes (make sure you don't have the 'Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library' box checked in Preferences > Advanced.
I have all of my media on an external HDD attached to another computer and all works perfectly.
|Aug 9, 2012, 12:27 PM||#4|
Download the 14 day free trial of iFlicks, which remuxes and only converts if needed, adds meta data automatically, deletes the original file and moves the movie to iTunes.
Open the app, drop your movie folder into it, press start, kick back and relax. It's just that easy.
Or do a show at a time, or ten movies, whatever floats your boat
But the best way to do this is to move the movies to your internal hard drive first, then convert. Otherwise you will be severely cramped by the fact that the drive are external.
|Aug 9, 2012, 12:47 PM||#5|
Are the files h.264? If not, you'll need to transcode them. If they are, I would try remuxing a few (definitely include bluray in the test) first and see how that works for your particular system.
Things to consider with just a remux:
1) do you need subtitles (forced, regular, both)?
2) does your wifi handle large/high bitrate files adequately?
3) sometimes the specs of a remuxed file will exceed aTV specs and you will get some stuttering (or a freeze)
4) there have been complaints of mp4tools having video/audio sync problems
5) some experience issues FF/REV with remuxed files
Transcoding solves all of these problems, as well as being more efficient with storage space, but at a cost....time.
17" MBP '09, 2.66 GHz, 8GB RAM; 13" MBP (Retina) '12, 2.5GHz, 8GB RAM; iPad 2, 32GB; AE; TV 3; AEBS w 1TB Seagate HDD; 65" Mits DLP, Sony STR-DB1070 AVR
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