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AVIs to iTunes for Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by raggamac, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    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.

  2. macrumors 65816


    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.
  3. macrumors newbie

    so really, nobody has found a way to do this!?
  4. macrumors 6502a

    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.
  5. macrumors newbie

    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.
  6. macrumors newbie

    I've got visualhub downloading now, the best program I've found so far is Total Video Converter.. Seems to do the job.
  7. macrumors newbie

    A bit of a novice one but whats better .mp4 or .mov? Is there any difference in quality?
  8. macrumors member

    Since visualhub was discontinued

    I'm now using videomonkey 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-
  9. macrumors newbie

    cheers Ill have a look at that too.
  10. macrumors demi-god


  11. macrumors 6502a

    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

  12. SurfMacJpMtb, Nov 26, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2010

    macrumors member


    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.
  13. macrumors 6502


    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

    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
  14. macrumors newbie

    Thats cool,

    Is there an AirVideoEnabler for MBPs or plugin for Chrome?


  15. macrumors newbie

    But again this is just converting them isn't it?
    Can you batch convert with QT?


  16. macrumors 6502a

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

  17. macrumors member


    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???
  18. macrumors newbie

    iFlicks looks great. I'll try and get it running tomorrow and set the default to 'delete original'. Cheers.
  19. macrumors 6502a

    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

  20. macrumors newbie


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