Change container on xvid or divx to .MOV and play on AppleTV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by powerbook911, Mar 21, 2007.

  1. macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005

    So you can take a divx or xvid video in quicktime and save as a .mov with no encoding, and iTunes will play it no problem. However, will Apple TV?

    Thanks for the help.
  2. macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I don't know how that's even possible in iTunes (Quicktime really). As far as I know, OS X doesn't care what the extension is. If the file is really a divx, even if you rename it .mov, OS X will know it's still a divx file. OS X isn't as dumb as Windows in this regard.
  3. thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    Thanks for the help. It really does work for me inside OS X, but I guess Apple TV won't have everything my computer has to play it.

    But yeah I put divx and xvid in itunes all the time by just changing the container to .mov.

    I have encoded so many things in xvid (like home videos), and I sure wish they could be played on Apple TV. Oh well.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Mar 17, 2006
    Canader eh
    So what format(s) will iTunes/AppleTV play?

    .mov, .mp4 and what else?
  5. thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005

    I think that is it on the video front, and it can't just be .mov. It has to be H264 or MPEG4 in the .mov container.
  6. macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2007
    i have tried this

    i have all my xvid/movies in my macpro itunes using the above mentioned .mov format/link

    UNFORTUNATELY it does NOT work. I tried streaming to AppleTV. It does not even show up on the AppleTV movie section. Whereas a proper Itunes Movie will show up, as expected.

    This is a bummer..hopefully someone will somehow find a way
  7. macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2007
    You have to encode divx to mp4/h.264 first, then transfer to Apple TV. It seems that Apple TV doesn't recognize mov formats?

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