How do I see the difference between ATV's?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Rho, May 4, 2012.

  1. Rho
    macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2011
    Seriously, this is going to sound retarded, but I can't figure out whether I have an :apple:TV 2 or 3.

    I got the thing as a gift, which is cool enough, but I can't find out anywhere if it's an :apple:TV 1, 2 or 3. Not in the box, product information, anywhere.

    Is the difference between 1, 2 and 3 just software? If not, how the hell do I check what species it is?

    Thanks in advance.

    PS: Oh, also, while I'm here: does anyone know a conversion tool that looks up metadata for movies, is free, and most important of all: Fast? I need to convert 77 blu-ray movies, not counting my blu-ray series. I'm not planning on leaving my mac on for three full weeks.

    Actually, scratch the free part. Most importantly it needs to be fast.

  2. macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    ATV2: MC572LL/A, A1378
    ATV3: MD199LL/A, A1427

    For your Blu Ray ripping needs, check out the sticky on the top of the page...
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2011
    On the box, if it says 1080P in big letters its ATV3.


    MakeMKV & Handbrake is really all you need. Both are free (MakeMKV is free for 30 days.) If you get a decent BD-ROM drive, you can rip a movie in under an hour, but it takes at least 2-3 hours to encode it. So, you may be leaving it on for 3 weeks straight ;)
  4. Rho
    thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2011
    Ah, thanks to both of you, that helped.

  5. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2008
    77 Blu-Rays to rip and encode? You may need even more than 3 weeks. :D

    Unless you have a 12-core Mac Pro cranking 24/7 and all the BD's ripped already it is going to be a rather time consuming process...

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