DVD ISO Playback

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Xer0dIn, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. Xer0dIn macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2008
    Does anyone know if it is possible through a hack to play back Video_ts from a DVD ISO on the apple tv? I don't want to use handbrake to encode all my movies to h.264.
  2. wywern209 macrumors 65832


    Sep 7, 2008
    do you rly want to know?
    no, i don't believe soo... get to encoding those movies...
  3. Xer0dIn thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2008
    I found a solution....Boxee.

    From Wikipedia(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxee):

    "Video playback in detail

    Boxee video-playback uses an in-house video-player 'core' originally developed by the XBMC developers as a DVD-player for DVD-Video movies, including the support of DVD-menus, (based on the open source and free libraries code libdvdcss and libdvdnav). This video-player 'core' support all the FFmpeg codecs, and in addition the MPEG-2 video codec, and the audio codecs DTS and AC3 (based on the open source code libraries: libmpeg2, libdca/libdts, and liba52/libac3 respectively). One relatively unusual feature of this DVD-player core is the capability to on-the-fly parse and play DVD-Video movies that are stored in ISO and IMG DVD-images, DVD-Video movies that are stored as DVD-Video (IFO/VOB/BUP) files on a harddrive or network-share, and also ISO and IMG DVD-images directly from RAR and ZIP archives. In addition to this, the developers of this video-player 'core' also claim that it offers better quality upscaling of all DVD-Video movies when outputing them to a 720p, 1080i or 1080p HDTV resolutions than what most high-definition television set's own native function for upscaling/upconverting video offers. Another interesting aspect is how Boxee manages to play Flash content on sites such as YouTube and Hulu. Boxee seems to be shipping with a binary-only program called as bxflplayer, which seems to load Adobe's proprietary flash plugin. This program communicates with the main Boxee process via shared memory and it renders the video onto screen. By using this approach, it is possible for Boxee to not only play arbitrary Flash content, it is also possible to control the player using remote controls and other input devices that are more suitable to laid back watching."
  4. iHateWindows macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2005
    Xer0dIn, installing Boxee is absolutely worth the effort. I can't recommend it enough.
  5. Xer0dIn thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2008
    Is it better to install XBMC? Is Boxee buggy on the Apple TV? Being in Alpha I would think it would be. XBMC looks like it does everything Boxee does, just without the social networking part and has been around a while, so maybe not as buggy.
  6. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    Boxee is a port of XBMC. Boxee would certainly have been optimized more for AppleTV than XBMC as the AppleTV was its first platform.

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