itunes extras - make your own

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jeb1, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. jeb1 macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2009
    What format are the new itunes extras films in and is it going to be possible to do our own from our own dvd's???
  2. RumMunkey macrumors 6502a


    Nov 3, 2006
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    "Extras" don't play on Apple TV. Just on Macs and PCs.
  3. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    I think that the iTunes extras are just HTML pages. I'm pretty sure you won't be able to import the menus from DVDs and make them iTunes extras.
  4. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    they are basically mini web sites. which is why they don't work on the Apple TV etc.

    as for being able to do it from your own DVDs. sure if you want to do the work. not sure how they work the chapters part but the rest is just links and such.

    I suppose if they had a movie you wanted that you didn't have on DVD you could buy it and try to reverse engineer it. I was considering that with the new Wizard of Oz that released today.
  5. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    If it was only release in HD, I would have bought it from the iTunes Store. :mad:
  6. eddyg macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2003
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    If someone does get this working it will most likely be quite unreliable due to the fact that the DVD menus are implemented via instructions to a DVD virtual machine which can then choose to display short movies as menus or static images etc. The VM commands can get quite complex as they set various registers that than have side effects elsewhere (eg. for selecting audio and subtitle tracks).

    Any interpreter would need to implement the DVD VM and extract the appropriate info from those commands, if it can figure that out.

    Basically it's not trivial, but not impossible either.

    What's more realistic is to generate a two tier menu that contained all the titles on the first page and allowed direct chapter selection on the second. Although there would be manual effort required to name the titles for all of the extras.

    Cheers, Ed.
  7. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    If only it had an audio option to dub in Dark Side of the Moon, I would have bought it. :p

    /Would really like to have it on a DVD as a separate audio track
  8. kiranmk2 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2008
    I think the best way to "create your own" is to abandon the notion of moving menus and for someone to create an app which displays poster art as the main screen (probably uk quad posters which are widescreen) with options for play film, setup (choose audio track and subtitles assuming this can be set on the ATV before playback starts) and extras. In the app, you would simply list the extras you have encoded and link them to the relevant .m4v file. The app could then package everything up (and maybe automatically link to online trailers) into one neat file.
  9. soldier47uaa macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2009
    iTunes Extras

    If you navigate through the folders user/music/itunes/itunes media/movies/"Name of Movie"/, you will see your iTunes Extras there in two files. example: "X-Men Origins_ Wolverine.m4v"(for the movie), and "iTunes Extras - X-Men Origins_ Wolverine.ite"(for the actual iTunes Extras). So all the Extras are in that file ".ite" The question is, How to make an ".ite" file and how to put the Extras there and link that file to the ".m4v"??? If there's someone that knows this please share your knowledge.
  10. BladesOfSteel macrumors regular


    Jul 13, 2009
    St. Paul
    I tried doing this a year ago - but I couldn't get the movie linked to the .ite file. I followed the instructions and everything, but just couldn't get it right.

    It may have been because I deleted some of the "pages" I didn't need - such as the chapters. I only wanted to include some of the special features - trailers, and some of the Star Wars making of documentaries I have.

    I left it for dead after that - but it looks like Apple did some minor updating to the How-to guide that LostOnTheLine posted. Maybe I'll give it a go again.
  11. NightStorm, May 12, 2011
    Last edited: May 12, 2011

    NightStorm macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    Thanks for mentioning that the documentation has been updated... I'd love to put something together for the LoTR trilogy and all of the extra material from the extended editions. Perhaps I'll dig back into it once the Bluray versions are released later this summer!

    EDIT: Spent part of the evening digging into the docs and found it pretty straight forward. Of course, I then remembered that iTunes Extras still are not compatible with the AppleTV v2, and my interest died off again pretty quickly.

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