1stGen Apple TV Problem - Sound but no Picture

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by HelixOmnimedia, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. HelixOmnimedia macrumors 6502a

    HelixOmnimedia

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    Hey, I haven't used my Apple TV (first gen) in a year since I was out of the country, anyway updates the software and re-synced my MacBook Pro to it.

    When I go to play an episode of (anything) for example Friends (which I converted with handbrake) I only get sound but no picture.

    Music works, and so do all the screens. Just when playing a video, no picture.

    I assumed the converting works, the videos work well on my MacBook, my iPhone 3Gs, my iPod Touch (1&2 gen) and my iPad.

    Any ideas? Is my AppleTV too old now?
     
  2. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 603

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    Have you tried playing something that you know would play correctly from back when you previously used the :apple:TV (1+ year ago)?

    Have you tried to eliminate your own encoding by trying to play something like movie trailers or movie or tv previews hosted by Apple? Do they play?
     
  3. HelixOmnimedia thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah the movie trailers work and clips from TV Shows. I guess the problem is the encoding. Strange it works on all the other devices and not the Apple TV.

    Oh well I have far too many stuff encoded over the year and not redoing them. (240+ movies and counting). Guess I'll do without the AppleTV until I can afford a new generation one.
     
  4. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 603

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    Yes, it is the encoding.

    That :apple:TV is the weakest link relative to "all the other devices". Just about everything else has more robust playback horsepower. The new :apple:TV probably would do the trick (if you don't want to re-encode). I've seen the new one for $85 in the Apple refurb store:http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/ipod/apple_tv?mco=MTkyMjgwMzQ

    I also have the first generation (like it better in some ways). But the newer version definitely wins on the playback versatility front.
     

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