Converting my movies for apple tv

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by micrors4racer, May 24, 2012.

  1. micrors4racer, May 24, 2012
    Last edited: May 24, 2012

    micrors4racer macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2012
    I have a collection of MKV movies and would like to play them on iTunes/AppleTV. However my home theater receiver is an old Sony STR-GX808ES with dolby pro logic. What would be the best way to convert my movies using Subler so that I can play them on my ATV and old receiver but still have them future proof for real surround sound decoding once I upgrade my receiver? I don't really want to encode all of them with 2 channel audio and then have to re do all of them again for full surround once I get a new system.
  2. mic j macrumors 68030

    Mar 15, 2012
    The answer really depends on the codec used by your mkv's. Are they h.264, mpeg2, a mix of both? Also can depend on whether you are streaming via wifi or using ethernet.
  3. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    If you run them through Handbrake with the :apple:TV preset you'll end up with a smaller file with both stereo and surround tracks. It creates the stereo track for non-surround devices like watching the movie on an iDevice. If we assume you have an :apple:TV1, you probably have it hooked up via analog stereo cables out of the :apple:TV to your older receiver. If so, this will work just fine.

    If you have a newer gen :apple:TV, you don't have analog stereo out. Does that Sony take optical in? If so, can you get it to play any :apple:TV video now (such as movie trailers) and hear the stereo audio? If so, all should be fine. You'll get stereo now and be audio future-proofed with the extra surround track for the future.

    If you don't have any audio playback now and have a newer :apple:TV, you'll probably need to buy one of those optical-to-stereo analog converters to convert the audio out into stereo for your older receiver (thus, optical audio out of the :apple:TV into the converter; stereo audio out of the converter into your receiver). OR, you could try feeding the HDMI or optical audio directly to your Television and then using it's audio out options to see if it will convert it to stereo which you can then feed back to the Sony receiver.

    You may find it a better option to just go ahead and buy a new receiver. Great quality units are relatively cheap and they come with up to all of the latest bells & whistles.

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