Considering Apple TV but have questions...

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Rotary8, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. Rotary8
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    macrumors regular

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    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,
     
  2. FreeState
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    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.
     
  3. Rotary8
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    Cool, I've been using them for my ipod touch and recently started converting my dvds to get ready for apple TV.
     
  4. MikieMikie
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    + 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.
     

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