How to copy movies to Apple TV HD

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by dickovski, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. dickovski macrumors regular

    dickovski

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    OK, I've just bought an Apple TV after many happy years with XBMC on my old Xbox. Managed to install the patchstick thing and have XBMC and Boxee running nicely and streaming stuff from my iMac... however I want to copy all my avi movies (about 50 or so) over on to the Apple TV and play them from there. Is this possible and how do I do it? Can I ftp 'em over?

    Also read a bit about Plex, should I be running this instead of XBMC? I love XBMC and can't see why I'd want to use anything else unless someone can tell me something I'm missing.
     
  2. tom1971 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, you can ftp them, respectively use sftp with a program called "fugu".
    The best plugin to use here is "ATVFiles" or "Sapphire"
     
  3. saltyzoo macrumors 65816

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    Plex is just another flavor of XBMC. If you are comfortable and like XBMC I'd stick with it.
     
  4. dickovski thread starter macrumors regular

    dickovski

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    Thanks for replys, I've managed to copy files over now using CyberDuck. However playing them through XBMC they aren't as smooth as they are when played on my Xbox. Not unwatchable but just not as good. Do they need to be encoded in a certain way or do I need to fiddle with the settings in XBMC on the ATV?

    I have a Samsung LCD TV if this makes a difference.
     
  5. tom1971 macrumors 6502a

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    Make sure have the lastest codecs installed (Perian, flip4mac, Quicktime)
     
  6. dickovski thread starter macrumors regular

    dickovski

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    Nice one, all working nicely now. Installed Sapphire as well and I think I'll use it instead of XBMC as it seems really streamlined compared to all the stuff on XBMC (weather etc) that I never use!

    Thanks again
     
  7. wattsj macrumors newbie

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    When you say "make sure you have the latest codecs installed" are you referring to a Mac or the Apple TV?

    How do you install additional codecs on the ATV?
     
  8. tom1971 macrumors 6502a

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    I refer to the Apple TV.
     

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