If it plays in iTunes, will it play on ATV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Xyl, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. Xyl
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    I don't have an ATV yet but plan on getting one soon for HD rentals.

    I also have some movies converted from Visual Hub. I've imported these movies into iTunes and they play without a flaw - both video and audio. I'm not sure if I have additional codecs installed (I probably do). So the question is, if the video and audio play fine in iTunes (and Front Row) after importing them to iTunes, will it be guaranteed to play on ATV?
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    Nope, the AppleTV has limited support for video files, whereas in iTunes and Front Row you can use many more codecs (that you download, and some that Mac has default support for, but the AppleTV doesn't). But chances are if it is a .mp4 or .m4v, it will work.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    No, not guaranteed. The :apple:TV plays a limited number of codecs, and is limited, bitrate and resolution. In order for videos to play on the :apple:TV they must meet the criteria under 'video formats supported'.
     
  4. Xyl
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    Thanks for the replies.

    So short of actually testing it on Apple TV, there's no other way to find out it will work?
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure how up to date this page is, but it tells you what codecs will work. You could sort your itunes library by kind to quickly scroll through and figure out what codecs you are using. THen consult this page:

    http://wiki.awkwardtv.org/wiki/List_of_file_formats_working_on_Apple_TV
     
  6. macrumors 68020

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    Try it on any video capable ipod (anywhere from 5th gen, Touch, current classics or nanos) or iPhone if you have one.
    If it plays on that it should play on the :apple:TV.
    Although the pods only support up to 1.5 Mbps, while the TV handles 5, and the TV can handle larger resolutions also. so not a definitive test
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    If you need additional codec support, you can install nitoTV after patching your aTV. PM me if you have questions..
     
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    sandman42

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    You can play your movie in Quicktime, and while playing it select 'Show Movie Inspector' (under the 'Window' menu on a Mac, don't know about a PC). It should tell you what you need to know about the file.

    Also, in iTunes if you have a movie that won't play on :apple:TV, you can select the movie then click 'Convert Selection for AppleTV' under the 'Advanced' menu. It will make a compatible file (in addition to the original), but there will be some quality loss.
     
  9. macrumors G5

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    You can also modify the software of ATV to allow usage of more video formats and codecs.
     
  10. macrumors 65816

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    The audiobooks purchased from audible.com didn't sync to my Apple TV.
     
  11. Xyl
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    I thought of that too, but I don't have any of those :(.

    Trying to stay away from any hacks...but thanks for the info.

    I've done that, and it looks like it should play, but I guess I can never be sure. I also tried the 'Convert Selection for AppleTV' and it says it's already in the correct format - I'm guessing that still does not guarantee that it will play (video and audio) on the ATV.
     

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