Apple TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by dutin, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. dutin macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2011
    I want to connect a Drobo; it’s a multi hard drive bay, then connect that to an Apple TV or a Western Digital home media device then connect that to a home theater receiver then of course connect to my TV. I want to rip my DVDs with uncompressed audio and video and full 1080p when needed to the Drobo. I also want to make my own movie “information” page like on iTunes. One question of mine is this movie information page would this need to go on the Apple TV or on the Drobo? What I’m thinking and seeing is for me the Apple TV is an information portal for the movie information page. I would assume that the uncompressed audio and video on the Drobo would pass through the Apple TV and decode through the receiver and pass it on through to the TV.

    -Drobo to hold digital copies of my DVDs
    -Apple TV or Western Digital home media center to hold “movie information” page
    I hope this makes since because what I want to do I can see it in my head just don’t know if it can work.
  2. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    Do you mean Blue ray in place of DVD, i do not think there is a way to Rip a DVD and make it 1080p.
  3. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
  4. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    you should look at jailbreaking the appleTV then installing plex or xbmc.

    both provide similar user experiences, but are slightly different in how they handle your library.

    both scrape metadata (what you are calling movie information) and display it.

    both will require your drobo to be on the network, as there is no way to directly attach storage to the ATV.
    depending on the model of drobo, it can either be connected directly to the network, or attached to a computer which will then share over the network.

    plex runs a server on your mac or pc, that will then convert it to a file that your appletv can play. this server also gets all the metadata.
    currently it converts all files, but the version that's out for the other iOS devices now will send the file directly if the device can play it. not sure when this will make it's way to the appleTV.
    your files must be available to the computer running the server, either directly attached, or via a network share.

    XBMC plays all files locally on the appleTV. which can lead to problems if the hardware can't handle the file (which might be an issue for uncompressed blu-rays)
    your files must be available via a network share..

    and as buick said, if it's a regular DVD, you don't need to make the file in 1080, as it would be a waste of disk space, let whatever player you are using handle the up-convert when you play it.
  5. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    no possible:confused:? guess i made it all up.

    what are write protected? apple TVs?
    just do a search of this forum, or google "jailbreak appleTV"

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