ATV 2 and iFlicks - Issue

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by guklein, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. guklein macrumors 6502a

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    Hello,

    I import my .avi files from iFlicks to iTunes. It is working fine. BUT...

    ...ATV 2 is not recognizing these files. WHY? Any special config?

    Thanks!
    ;)
     
  2. pasipple macrumors 6502a

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    iTunes accepts mp4, mov, and m4v files. You have to convert .avi files to one of the these formats before adding them to your iTunes library. Use a video conversion program such as Handbrake to convert your .avi files.
     
  3. Omne666 macrumors 6502a

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    iFlicks does do the conversion to mov. Sounds like it was all going fine until the atv2 came into the picture.

    Were you using an atv1 beforehand? And all was well?

    If not and you were just viewing them from iTunes, you probably had some extra codecs installed on your machine to handle the avi's (Im also assuming your on a mac)
     
  4. guklein thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's all fine/working when importing avi files to iTunes by iFlicks. It keeps in my library and works well in iTunes.

    BUT...it doesnt play in my ATV 2. The screen keeps black and the sound is weird. OR...ATV 2 doesnt recognize it.

    Is there any special config (iFlicks or iTunes) to watch them in ATV 2? Could anyone print the screen of iFlicks configs?
    I've never had other AT before.

    Thanks!
     
  5. Omne666 macrumors 6502a

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    OK....check your digital audio settings on the atv2...I got caught on that thinking my file was corrupt. Change the settings in there first. That SHOULD fix your sound.

    As for the image....I had assumed that you couldnt even see it in the list via atv. That you do is a good sign. What setting you choosing in iFlicks? AppleTV or something else?

    iTunes is capable of handling a lot better/higher standards in files then the atv (1 or 2).....if your making it with a selection other then AppleTV or lower that could be your issue.

    In fact...just remake the file with AppleTV IF you were doing something else. See if that fixes all your issues first.
     
  6. Benni-chan macrumors newbie

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    I believe your .mov files still use xvid/divx as the codec. iTunes can play them because of Perian, but ATV can't. You have to convert them to h264 with Handbrake. Maybe another preset in iFlicks works too...
     
  7. guklein thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Converting mkv file to mp4 file using handbreak and later using iFlicks to iTunes worked! Great!
    :)

    BUT...how can I add the subtitle (.srt) to mp4 file in handbreake? Is it possible?

    Thanks.
     
  8. Omne666 macrumors 6502a

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    HB does this fine in the subtitles tab. But there are issues pertaining to subtitles/ resolution/atv that you may want to check out. See:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1024271

    It's a flakey situation at best at present waiting for an update from apple to resolve.
     
  9. guklein thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How HB create just one file with subtitle when I have .avi/.mkv and .srt? Could you copy here the screenshot of HB setup?

    Thank you!
     
  10. Omne666 macrumors 6502a

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    Wish I could but I'm on the iPad at the moment sitting in my car.

    In HB, you have the subtitle tab next to audio and video etc, roughly in the middle of the app, below centre.

    If you go into the subtitle tab, you'll see a button for 'add external srt' and that's where you select the srt file you have on your hard drive. Then you have the options of burning them in or soft subtitles etc. Burning seems to be the easiest, but it means subtitles all the time. Soft subs are where they come on only as needed. ( I think that's labeled forced).

    I haven't done to many with subs....like many I did a lot of ripping of DVDs before I actually realized what I was doing.

    If I get back home before someone else adds to this thread, I'll chuck a screen shot on for you, and perhaps someone more experienced can elaborate further on how to choose what for subtitles and when. Sorry I can't help further.
     
  11. guklein thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you for your kind attention!

    I tried in subtitles tab but when I add a .srt file the option burning is not available for me. I really want subtitles all the time. Any suggestion?
    :confused:
     
  12. mfubib macrumors newbie

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    It looks like I've been caught out in the same way! I just converted a terabyte worth of media with iFlicks and while it all plays in itunes (thanks to perian) only a third of the content is showing on the ATV2!
     
  13. Racingboy macrumors member

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    About the subtitles. The strange thing is that if I convert my movie to MP4 with handbrake, insert the subtitles and put it in iTunes, I can see the subtitles on my iPad. The only problem is than that you don't have the correct cover of the movie in iTunes.

    If I use iFlicks, before I put it in iTunes, the subtitles are gone in iTunes. Iflicks is very nice to have the correct cover in iTunes.
     
  14. aelalfy macrumors 6502a

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    did you notice though, that iFlicks adds rectangular covers? rather than square (ie 600x600). This is all fine when going through your library on itunes, but when you try to go through your library on the new AppleTV, you will notice tht the cover art on the main page and in some places is "cropped" to fit.

    Any solution to that issue? that doesnt involve manually adding square art work? and preferable a solution that included iFlicks easy functionality.

    Thanks
    AE
     
  15. The Mad Hatter macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8A293 Safari/6531.22.7)

    I don't have an ATV2, but it maybe setup just like the original ATV. It uses square covers (600x600) for TV shows and rectangle (400x600) for movies.
     
  16. aelalfy macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    Well maybe, I'm not home to verify if the movies are displayed in rectangular shape or square as the TV shows are. Regardless though, the TV shows are definitely displayed in square artwork shape, and iFlicks puts rectanuglar coverart.

    Any solution to that?

    Thanks
    AE
     
  17. The Mad Hatter macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8A293 Safari/6531.22.7)

    I don't use iFlicks, but you can add or change artwork in iTunes (or MetaX, which I use). A good place to get 600x600 artwork is www.getvideoartwork.com (when it's up of course) ;)

    HTH
     
  18. aelalfy macrumors 6502a

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    Hi

    Thanks for the link, great advice from your side :) its really appreciated. now if only I can convince the developer of iFlicks to use this website to get the artwork for itunes.

    I'll email the developer asking if they can do so, if anyone else can do the same that would be great.

    Thanks
    AE
     
  19. aelalfy macrumors 6502a

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    It seems that the ATV2 has a problem with .mov converted with iFlicks from a .mkv file. I can use the "HD 720p" to convert .avi to .mov on iflicks and they work great on the ATV2 but not .mkv.

    Anyone know a solution to this? I just ran into that problem, I also deleted the original .mkv so I can go back and encode using handbrake.

    Now I'm stuck with a .mov that wont work on the ATV2.

    Thanks
    AE
     

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