ATV2, m4v and sound files

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by LGShepherd, May 26, 2011.

  1. LGShepherd macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2007
    Teesside, United Kingdom
    Hi MR!

    I have searched all over the internet and keep coming across various opinions and I am getting very confused.

    I have a file that I would like to play on my ATV2. Currently it is a mkv with a ac3 6ch soundtrack. I have used MKV tools to convert this to a m4v with AC3 5.1 . I then put it in subler to add metadata and it shows that it is a ac3 6ch track still. When it streams to my ATV2, my amp shows sound is coming from all of the speakers which it is.

    Is this the best way to go or should I use the AAC 5.1 option?

    Sorry if this has been covered a thousand times, but the posts I read contradict each other and confuse me.
  2. peterjcat macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2010
    Yes it's the best option (for maximum compatibility, a stereo AAC track plus a 5.1-channel AC3 track is a good idea). 5.1-channel AAC won't get you 5.1 discrete channels on the Apple TV.
  3. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    I think the only people using 5.1 aac are HTPC users, and some PS3 users. It wont work on XBox360 as far as I know.

    +1 to adding a 2 channel aac track in MKVTools for maximum compatibility.

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