How do i store media on my time capsule but watch on my apple tv?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jammeygit, May 12, 2009.

  1. jammeygit macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2009
    Does anyone have any ideas as to how to store dvd's on my timecapsule to save space on my imac but watch them on my apple tv???

    please help

  2. spice weasel macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    First you need to rip and transcode your DVDs. Use HandBrake to do this. To make most efficient use of your time, use a ripping program (Mac the Ripper, RipIt, etc.) to rip a bunch of DVDs and then queue them up in HandBrake to encode overnight or while you are at work. If you are just going to use an AppleTV, use the ATV preset in HandBrake. If you want to watch them on an iPod/iPhone as well, use the Universal preset.

    Tag your files if you like, using MetaX.

    Copy your files to your Time Capsule. Then add them to your iTunes library by either holding the option key while dragging them or by going into iTunes prefs-->advanced and deselecting the "copy to iTunes..." box.

    Sync your ATV so it knows where all your files are and you are set.
  3. jammeygit thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2009
    hey thanks for the reply... made sense of the first part.. Sorry am not so clued up for the later part... so I drop them on to my TC (anywhere in particular?) then what do I do... sorry to be a dunse...

  4. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

    Bye Bye Baby

    Sep 15, 2004
    i(am in the)cloud
    Do you want to put your whole iTunes library on he TC or just a few films?

    If you put the whole library on the TC you can point iTunes to the TC and it will access you library from there.

    Let us know.
  5. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    I've got a 1.5TB external drive that houses my media (Movies/TV Shows and Music) which I've added to iTunes (I've turned off the preference in iTunes to copy files to my library when adding to the library). I then have my Apple TV synched, which streams the content through the Mac mini to the Apple TV.

    I would advise you do the same if possible.

    Mount your Time Capsule on the desktop in the Finder, create your own structure, turn off the option in iTunes to copy files when adding to your library, then sync with your Apple TV

    Hope this makes sense



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