Full DVDs (with menus) on Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by hfthomp, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Hey everyone, I just purchased my Apple TV off of ebay today so I'm just getting started with everything. For the past week, in preparation, I've been ripping some of my dvd movies and tv shows off dvds using handbrake and putting them in itunes, everything has worked perfectly. I can't wait to load get them going on the apple tv when it comes.

    I have a question though. My wife has some workout dvds that she uses a lot that I would also like to put onto my computer that she can watch over the apple tv. Is there a way to watch the full dvd's with the menus on the apple tv? I've looked at the ATVFlash website and it seems like installing that would make it work, is this true? Are there any ways to get this functionality for free? I'm pretty good on the computer and wouldn't mind hacking the apple tv myself.

    Also, how do I create a copy of a dvd that has the menu data preserved? Thanks in advance.
  2. macrumors 68040


    Jan 13, 2008
    with the current apple tv situation, you cant.
  3. macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    I did the same thing for my girlfriend, but just encoded them as h.264 and put them on the ATV. Some of them were divided into different "episodes," while others were one single title but with different chapters corresponding to different sections of the workout (abs for chapters 1-7, glutes 8-16, etc.).

    Rip the DVD and then play the folder in either VLC or DVD Player.app and see what the structure is. Then encode accordingly. I tagged all of them as tv shows with the show title "Workout" and then by different episode names. Now, whenever she wants to access a specific section of an exercise video, it's all right there.

    Me, I just throw on a pair of shorts and my running shoes and hit the pavement. :)
  4. macrumors 6502

    Oct 4, 2008
    Rip the DVD (either to video_ts folder or an iso file), install Boxee or XBMC onto the ATV and you should be able to open your rip and stream it a if it were the original DVD.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2007
    Colchester, UK.
    If you give them all the same album name they should all live in their own folder (if tagged as movie).

    This is what I have done with star wars / aliens and things in series.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2007
    Best thing to do is install Boxee on it and just rip the dvd's as ISO's. You can view them like regular dvd's with menus etc.

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