How do I know if my video will play on an aTV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by troy14, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. troy14 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2008
    Las Vegas (Summerlin), NV
    hi everyone,

    i have a fairly large extensive collection of videos from various sources, some ripped by myself and others not.

    i currently use a Roku 3 w/ plex which can play/transcode basically anything but I want to put an apple tv 3 in another room.

    i used iflicks to make a large library of "itunes compatible files" (which took only a few minutes per file to 'remux'? i believe).

    i dont know enough about codecs, containers, formats, etc. to know what my files are in. they import fine into iTunes, but, before I buy an apple TV and waste time/money, is there a way to figure out if these videos will play on my apple tv? I don't want to use airplay or anything, just the homesharing from my mac. I seem to recall and issue with certain types of audio and not supporting 5.1 or something like that. the apple tv will be hooked up hdmi from atv to hdmi to tv, no receiver.

    most of the files in the right click -> get info show stereo, 5.1 dolby..... is stereo ok? will they play fine on the atv 3?

    thanks in advance
  2. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    All my movies where mkv
    700mb 720p & 2gb 1080p movies

    I put all my mkv's thru iflicks iTunes compatible tab and they all play fine
    And only takes a minute
    I had a few problems with audio that was ac3 because my soundbar can't play that

    But that was like 2 movies out of a 1,000
    All I had to do was convert the audio to AAC using mkvtools or mp4tools

    You can also use mp4tools to change audio tracks or add extra subtitles
    Sometimes iflicks doesn't add the subtitle to a movie so I use mp4 to add it in the container , then put it in iflicks

    Your tv should play the stereo sound iflicks created fine
  3. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
  4. slothrob macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2007
    To work through homesharing, the files need to be .m4v format (if they are .mp4, just change the extension to .m4v) to get them into iTunes.

    The aTV will play Dolby Digital 5.1 fine through a home theater receiver, though you probably also need a stereo track if you want to listen through just the TV speakers. The aTV won't play DTS or various HD audio codecs.
  5. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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