Can AppleTV 160GB play 1080p MKV?

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  1. covertsurfer macrumors 6502a

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    I have a 9GB 1080p MKV but have now realised that AppleTV might not be able to play it back.

    Is there a definitive answer to whether it can cope with it?

    Thanks
     
  2. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    It will play it just fine (as long as you have an N router) but you wont get 1080p it will make it 720. My Avatar blue ray rip is 1080 and 12 gigs and looks fantastic on my ATV2.
     
  3. covertsurfer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I know the new AppleTV will downgrade it to 720 but I have the old 160GB version
     
  4. GermanSuplex macrumors 6502a

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    How are you getting a 1080p MKV to play on your ATV2?
     
  5. 87vert macrumors 6502

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    stock it probably won't play but you can swap the wireless card for a broadcom hd decoder card and play 1080p. I have played a couple blu-ray rips that way.
     
  6. covertsurfer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I need my wireless that's the problem.

    I may have to resort to a Boxee Box in the future and just use my laptop with HDMI out at this moment in time
     
  7. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    I just dragged and dropped it into iTunes and it shows upon my apple tv2. I ripped it using Aunsoft blu ray ripper to rip Avatar into 1080p.
     
  8. newagemac macrumors 68020

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    You did reencode the file though right? It wasn't a straight passthrough video rip from the full bitrate of the Blu Ray in .mkv to .m4v, correct?
     
  9. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    I'm not sure :/ I don't know much about video :(. The exact steps I took are this if this will help:

    Put blu ray in
    Rip using Aunsoft blu ray ripper using 1080p "original quality" setting into .mp4 the bit rate is original too according to this setting.
    Drag I to iTunes.


    Edit I just noticed your talking about the atv1 :/ mine is on atv2
     
  10. JRoDDz macrumors 68000

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    I thought Apple TV cannot play files with the MKV file extension? :confused:

    Are you sure your file is an .MKV file and not .M4V?
     
  11. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    No, it won't play it. The best you can do is open the file in Handbrake and encode it with the Apple TV preset and bump the resolution up to 720p. If the audio is DTS, then you'll want to transcode that to AC3 using one of the nightly builds of Handbrake.

    You're putting it in an mp4 container and not an mkv container. MKVs cannot play on the Apple TVs without software hacking (e.g., XBMC).
     

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