Home movies not showing in ATV2 library

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Hitman1717, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. Hitman1717 macrumors regular

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    I started burning movies onto my Mac and uploaded them go iTunes. On the computer I ca. Watch the, through iTunes, but when I turn on the ATV2, the only movies that show in my library are the Hollywood movies I have on their. How can I recognize those home movies on the atv2?
     
  2. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    What format are they in? The Apple TV is very specific about what it can view.

    Use Handbrake, Apple TV 2 or Universal Setting and you should be fine.
     
  3. Hitman1717 thread starter macrumors regular

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    The format of the movies is .mov. Looks like they are QuickTime movies.
     
  4. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Get Media Info > Drag in the file > Export the log as a text file > open the text file > Copy and paste the log here.

    That will give us all the specific info about the file, knowing the container (.mov) isn't enough.
     
  5. Hitman1717 thread starter macrumors regular

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    How do I do this? I tried right clicking on the file and hitting get info, but I don't see how to export as text.
     
  6. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    If you're using right click > Get Info in Finder, that doesn't give the right info. You need to download a program to analyse the file and display an output.

    Download it here
    Drag the file on to the window
    Go to View > Text (In the menu bar)
    The copy and paste the text in the window here
     
  7. Hitman1717 thread starter macrumors regular

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    ok here you go!


    General
    Complete name : /Users/Movies/iMovie Events.localized/5-30-08/clip-2008-05-30 17;17;13 4.mov
    Format : MPEG-4
    Format profile : QuickTime
    Codec ID : qt
    File size : 15.4 MiB
    Duration : 19s 520ms
    Overall bit rate : 6 614 Kbps
    Encoded date : UTC 2011-07-05 17:37:46
    Tagged date : UTC 2011-07-05 17:37:46
    Writing library : Apple QuickTime

    Video
    ID : 1
    Format : m2v1
    Codec ID : m2v1
    Duration : 19s 520ms
    Bit rate : 5 039 Kbps
    Width : 720 pixels
    Height : 480 pixels
    Display aspect ratio : 4:3
    Frame rate mode : Constant
    Frame rate : 29.970 fps
    Standard : NTSC
    Scan type : Interlaced
    Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.487
    Stream size : 11.7 MiB (76%)
    Language : English
    Encoded date : UTC 2011-07-05 17:37:46
    Tagged date : UTC 2011-07-05 17:37:46

    Audio #1
    ID : 2
    Format : PCM
    Format settings, Endianness : Little
    Format settings, Sign : Signed
    Codec ID : sowt
    Duration : 19s 506ms
    Bit rate mode : Constant
    Bit rate : 768 Kbps
    Channel(s) : 1 channel
    Channel positions : Front: L
    Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
    Bit depth : 16 bits
    Stream size : 1.79 MiB (12%)
    Language : English
    Encoded date : UTC 2011-07-05 17:37:46
    Tagged date : UTC 2011-07-05 17:37:46
    Material_Duration : 19520
    Material_StreamSize : 1873920

    Audio #2
    ID : 3
    Format : PCM
    Format settings, Endianness : Little
    Format settings, Sign : Signed
    Codec ID : sowt
    Duration : 19s 506ms
    Bit rate mode : Constant
    Bit rate : 768 Kbps
    Channel(s) : 1 channel
    Channel positions : Front: R
    Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
    Bit depth : 16 bits
    Stream size : 1.79 MiB (12%)
    Language : English
    Encoded date : UTC 2011-07-05 17:37:46
    Tagged date : UTC 2011-07-05 17:37:46
    Material_Duration : 19520
    Material_StreamSize : 1873920

    Menu
    ID : 4
    Duration : 19s 520ms
    Language : English
    Encoded date : UTC 2011-07-05 17:37:46
    Tagged date : UTC 2011-07-05 17:37:46
    Stream size : 4
     
  8. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Your movie uses the MPEG2 codec which is not supported on any Apple device. You'll have to re-encode it (using something like handbrake). I see that it's an iMovie event, you could also open it in iMovie and export as H264 (Share > Export Movie > Medium size).
     
  9. Hitman1717 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, I will be uploading dozens of little DVDs to the Mac with our home movies. So with that many files to get ready to share on ATV, what method do you suggest?
     
  10. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Do a batch encode with handbrake, you should be able to queue it up and have it do it's thing over night. The ATV preset is good, but it will give you two audio tracks (AAC and AC3) which you don't need since your audio is mono, also it wont deinterlace which you need.

    I notice you have 2 audio tracks, are they duplicates?

    I've made a preset based on ATV2, with only an AAC audio track and deinterlacing. You can get it here. Put it in Library/ApplicationSupport/Handbrake (replace your own), then start Handbrake, you'll see it in the side bar (toggle presets).
     
  11. Hitman1717 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wow I am way over my head with that one! I'm guessing Handbrake is a program you want me to download, but no idea what a batch encode is.

    And why would there be two audio tracks? That's so weird.
     
  12. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Sorry, I'm getting ahead of myself here :p

    Handbrake is for converting files, the conversion processes is known as 'encoding', so a batch encode allows to add all the files you want to a queue in handbrake and it will encode them one by one with no input from you.

    I have no idea either tbh. If you have VLC media player, you can toggle between audio tracks in the Audio menu so you can see what's on the second track. I think it's just a duplicate.
     
  13. Hitman1717 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I would use Handbrake to convert the files to what?

    And once I upload all my videos, I can convert them all at the same time?

    The audio has to be a duplicate because I certainly wasn't trying to make a second audio file!
     
  14. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    H264 and AAC inside a .MP4/.M4V container.

    You don't need to worry about that though, since handbrake has presets.

    Yes, that's the point on handbrake's batch process feature, it will encode one after the other.
     
  15. slothrob macrumors 6502

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    It's common for people to include two audio files, a simple AAC file decode-able by the aTV for direct viewing on the TV, and an AC3 file that contains the digital audio for when you want to break out the surround sound system.
     
  16. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Hitman1717 hasn't encoded anything yet, his source files have two mono PCM tracks.
     
  17. slothrob macrumors 6502

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    I see that now. Sorry if I threw further confusion into the discussion.
     
  18. Hitman1717 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have downloaded Handbreak. When I go to choose the files that I want to convert, none of them are able to be highlighted to click "ok"

    what should I do?
     
  19. grahamperrin macrumors 601

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    Apple support for MPEG-2

    Update and correction

    MPEG-2 functionality is integral to OS X Lion, which was released a few days after AdrianK's post.

    For a lesser version of the system, MPEG-2 playback can be added to QuickTime or QuickTime 7 Pro.
     

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