HD Camera to Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by fermentj, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2008
    So I just bought a Canon HF100 which I am happy with so far expect that it records in M2TS format which I really can't find anything to edit with so far. At first I was thinking since its MPEG-4 I could just go right from the camera to the appleTV, but I was obviously wrong.

    Right now I have to output an MPEG-2 (loss of quality), and then run it through handbrake to get something to play on my :apple:TV

    So I have 2 questions:

    1. Is there an easier way to do this?

    2. I have another video editor that I was hacking up the MPEG-2 files in, it has a few options to output the video in MPEG-4 (mp4). I can get this files to play in Itunes, but they are not recognized on teh AppleTV.

    Did I miss something here? What specific settings do I need in order to create an MP4 file to get it to play? I have some DVDs that Handbrake keeps crapping out on, so it would be nice to have another tool to fall back on.

  2. macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    Why not just use iMovie, and export to iTunes, and access it on your AppleTV via iTunes?
  3. macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    I have a Canon HF100 and this method is the easiest. Or you can use Final Cut Pro and Compressor if you have them. Another transcoding program that people love is Visual Hub, but I am not sure it works with AVCHD.

    The Canon HF100 uses AVCHD which is not natively supported by Macs at all (for now). iMovie and Final Cut Pro transcode it to Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) or ProRes (Final Cut only).
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2008
    Yeah, I forgot to mention the point I don't have a MAC.

    I guess thats a reason to finally buy one, I just don't think my wife is going to let me buy anymore toys this year.

  5. macrumors 68040


    Dec 27, 2003
    Portland, OR

    Mac. Not MAC. It's annoying.
  6. macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    That does make it more complicated. As I suggested, I would look into Visual Hub or even MPEG Streamclip. Not sure if either will except AVCHD, but it is worth a shot you don't have that annoying runaround.

    PS. get a mac!
  7. macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    ... or wait patiently for the next release of HandBrake. :)
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2008
    what are the rumors on the new release on handbrake?

    Is is supposed to handle AVCHD?

    tdhurst - Sorry for the semantics with MAC vs. Mac. I'm glad that you felt it necessary to comment on this post to add that valuable piece of information. Thanks for the help..............
  9. macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    Already does in the svn plus blu-ray (un-encrypted) and well, ... just about any other video format.
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2008
    So the camera came with SW that will allow me to burn an AVHCD compatible DVD, however I can't read it on my computer.

    I assume I would need a blueray drive to do this.

    I will see tonight if Handbrake can convert it from a regular drive.

    I'll let you know what happens.

  11. macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    Likely not. Current releases of HandBrake will only accept mpeg-2 video along with some eyetv type program streams.

    ... unless your software converts it to mpeg-2, your likely out of luck with HB ... for now.
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2008
    dynaflash -

    Ok so I think I'm a little confused.

    I can burn AVCHD DVDs from my camera. Are you saying Handbrake can or can't convert those?
  13. macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    well, what I am telling you is that current releases of HB only read mpeg-2 video (standard in commercial dvd's) while AVCHD typically uses h.264 video (much like Blu-Ray does). So without having your camera and trying it, I couldn't tell you. As well, HB could have issues with how your software constructs the dvd (much like it has with iDVD sources).

    The next version will be able to read the avchd file directly without the dvd conversion on your end.

    Since you have the camera, try one. :)

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