2nd Audio Track isn't Working Like it Did before

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by cindyjk, May 1, 2010.

  1. cindyjk macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2009
    For movies with a director's commentary, here's what I did before, and it worked just fine:
    1. ripped a DVD using Handbrake, selecting the two audio tracks
    2. Opened it in QuickTime Pro, pulled up properties (command-J), checked the second audio track, renamed it "French" (to distinguish it from the main soundtrack).
    3. Saved it as a .mov file and imported it into iTunes
    4. Streamed it to the ATV.
    5. Press/hold the play button on the ATV remote to bring up the chapter list. Behold! There's an "Audio" selection at the top of the screen, allowing me to choose which soundtrack I want: main movie dialog, or the director's commentary.

    Well, as of last week, I'm screwed. On my new rips, ATV simply WILL NOT give me the 'audio' button that I used to choose the soundtrack I wanted. And WORSE, for a video with two soundtracks, all it will play is the COMMENTARY track. My old rips are fine-the audio option is still there. But any new rips will play only the commentary, and not provide the 'audio' button to control it.

    Somebody in the Apple Forum suggested renaming the .mov file (with the modified soundtrack info as described above) back to .m4v. That made no difference. I also reset my ATV back to out-of-the-box status. The menus look like the old ones, so I know the reset worked, but this too made no difference.

    Please, please - all I want to do is what I was able to do before!
  2. NightStorm macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    Use Subler to change the name of the commentary track from "Stereo" to "Commentary" (do this by double clicking on the existing track name). The AppleTV doesn't seem to like two same-language tracks with the same name. This will allow you to keep the encode in the mp4 (m4v) container instead of mov that you get from Quicktime.

  3. kiranmk2 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2008
    What he said - If you're using the windows or cli version of handbrake you can add the -A string to name the audio tracks, but Subler is by far the easiest option.

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