ATV and computer processing

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ClemsonDV, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. ClemsonDV macrumors member


    Mar 31, 2012
    First of all, my computer is an old Macbook (2006). Its got a blown out fan (one operating) and a battery that can't stay off charge for over 5 minutes and a motherboard that tends to overheat and choke up when taxed/temperature increases...

    Having said that, i use it mainly as a media server/ torrent tool. I do watch 720p MKV movies using VLC as well (directly into TV). My problem comes when watching a movie, the computer will heat up and everntually will make the movie skip/freeze/un sync audio or cut off. Now i know my issue is the computer, but I noticed that my processor wasn't taxed when using the AppleTV i have upstairs. Now, instead of me going out now and buying a new Mac or Mac Mini.... would an AppleTV meet my video needs.

    Basically I want to know how taxing streaming videos are to the Macbook. Seems like it didn't do much processing with the AppleTV. So does the AppleTV handle the decoding/encoding or am I barking up the worng tree?
  2. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    If you can give as much info as possible, we have a better chance of helping you. What version of OS, what version of VLC, get more info about your MKV from one of the free mediaInfonor apps.

    If you stream the media to an AppleTV, the MacBook only deals with file transfer while the AppleTV does the hardware decoding.

    If you are in a Mac and iOS environment, there are many aps that can convert MKV to m4v or mp4 which work in the apple ecosystem.

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