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Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ThisIsMatty, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. ThisIsMatty macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2011
    So i bought my apple tv about 4 months ago and havent really got to add a bunch of movie liked i hoped. The problem is i can easily download movies but they are all in AVI. file format. So I have to convert them with handbrake, But with handbrake it takes way too long and would be impossible to convert 100's of movies & tv shows.

    One option I try'd was saving the avi file in quicktime pro to refrence movie but the file won't even play in quicktime and of course it won't play in iTunes. Every program i found it for the Mac So I couldnt find anything for windows (7).

    If anyone can lead me in the right direction that would be great!!

    Thanks in advance for anyone who trys to help :)
  2. benh911f macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    You can queue up a bunch of the files on Handbrake. I would just make a queue of the movies and let them encode When you're going to sleep.
  3. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    ATV can play xvid...

    Use mp4 tools to remux to m4v and add an AAC audio track. No lengthy conversion times required.
  4. CHRONiC YOUTH macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2011
    Pretty much impossible right now.. Are you strictly trying to stream from your pc to your apple tv? Or do you have a ipad or iphone? If the later, you could use airvideo to live convert and stream to your apple tv, or when ios 5 is released they are implementing wireless mirroring which will basically be the same thing minus the live converting.
  5. irnchriz macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2005
    I use a program called iVI pro. Its on the app store and you can also get it from the developer directly.

    It basically takes your avi file, does a lookup for the show/movie name and fills in all of the meta data and cover art etc them converts it and sticks it in iTunes. For 5.1 movies it creates an AAC stereo track too so that the files all work with the Apple TV 2.

    I converted 1300 shows and 150 movies over the period of a week. Its supports passthrough for h264 files so they shoot through quickly.
  6. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Does it support h263 (which the OPs files are)?
  7. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
  8. ashman70 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2010
    You can also run them through MKV tools and save it as an MKV, it won't change anything other then the extension from avi to mkv.
  9. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    ATV doesn't support MKV any more than it supports AVI. MP4 tools will dump the h263 stream and convert audio to AAC, put it in an m4v container which ATV does support.
  10. Todisco macrumors newbie


    Sep 1, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    Boxee App with IPad

    Converting all your movies through Handbrake is really your only long term option to having the best streaming library possible.

    A short term option I went with since I have an IPad is use the free Boxee app - this allows you to stream any file format from your PC to your IPad and use Airplay to push it to your Apple TV.
  11. ZMacintosh macrumors 65816


    Nov 13, 2008
    Why do you even have AVIs?
    if you have the source of the AVI you can obviously convert the source to the M4V file to play on your appletv.

    BUt assuming that is not possible and I will presume it is not, stop downloading torrented avi crap files and get actual physical media and convert that way or atleast get a VOB file to convert in Handbrake for much better quality and compatibility not only on Mac/AppleTV but every computer.
  12. technologylive macrumors member


    Jun 8, 2011
    Or just jailbreak your apple tv and put xbmc or something else on it.
    That way you could just play all your avi's without lengthy conversions...
  13. ThisIsMatty thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2011
    How do i go about doing that? I know how to jailbreak my apple tv but after I jailbreak it what the process of using AVI files?
  14. obsidian1200 macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2010
    Albuquerque, NM
    You need to install XMBC, as a poster mentioned above, which can handle more formats than the :apple:tv OS. Lifehacker has a good guide for doing this here.
  15. ThisIsMatty thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2011
    Ill try jailbreaking it and see what happens.
  16. peterjcat macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2010
    Guys it sounds like the OP is using Windows (7) so none of these Mac solutions are going to be much help...

    I agree that XBMC is a good solution, but there might be a Windows program that will remux an AVI file to MP4/M4V while converting the audio to AAC? Avidemux is available for all platforms and I've used it on the Mac to remux AVIs to MP4. You could try it on Windows: http://avidemux.sourceforge.net/

    Whether it will work of course depends on what's in the AVI file. It's true that most of them contain MPEG-4 Part 2 playable video (e.g. Xvid) which iTunes and the ATV will accept up to 640 x 480. But there could be anything in there.
  17. ssgrif macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2011
    install XBMC as others have suggested (seasonpass / greenpois0n), its what i use and its perfect for conecting to my NAS where all my movies are, and i dont have to care about file formats as they all work.

    If you need to encode any in itunes friendly format (mp4/m4v) then use handbrake (also available for windows), this is what i do if there are any movies or tv shows i want to watch on the ipad.
  18. Paroxysm macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2011
    iVI is simply the way to go. I have an 8TB NAS with nearly every TV show and movie you can possibly suggest. I've converted all of my DVDs and downloads with that program. I literally just drop the files/disc into the program and press Convert All. It "just works". And it organizes all of the metadata and cover art for you. It looks pro as can be.

    Now, myself or my wife can watch anything on the ATV, drag and drop to an Ipad whenever we want, or stream over 3G/Wi-FI with a 3rd party program anywhere in the world.

    I almost don't understand how any other solution can be better.
  19. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    Well, in the OP's case mostly one that would run on his/her windows machine.
  20. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    but is that a real restriction? I mean, Apple claims that Main profile is the limit for ATV when it actually handles High@L4.1 with no trouble (from what I've heard about people remuxing 'MKVs').
  21. peterjcat macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2010
    Actually it seems like it's only a real restriction for syncing (with iTunes), not streaming. Apple is indeed conservative in its listed specs.

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