Just got my first ATV, now what?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by actripxl, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. actripxl macrumors 6502


    Aug 24, 2002
    Chicago, IL
    Ok, so my PS3 died on me when I tried cleaning it (best system I've ever had) but I don't plan on buying another one until black friday to get a good deal on a bundle. In the mean time I just got an ATV so my family can watch Netflix while they are visiting.

    I will be downloading Mountain Lion tonight while they watch the olympics since I would like to use the mirroring to watch Hulu and ESPN3. I have a bunch of DVD's that I want to rip and use them with my ATV, tried it with the PS3 but there was always lag with MP4's unless I first loaded the movies either on the hd or memory stick.

    I also have quite a few Blu-ray's and was wondering if anyone has had success with using an external drive to rip said movies with a Mac and the quality of the stream.
  2. MarkG21 macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2010
    There are other programs but IMO, Handbrake is the best program and it's completely free. Just select the Apple TV 3 pre-set and your ready to encode.

    AFAIK, Handbrake only encodes movies (i.e., does not rip protective content)

    I use Make MKV to rip my blu rays. It's free for a month for unlimited blu ray ripping. After that, I think it's $50.

    Check out this thread to get more info:

    What year is your mac that you want to airplay to in Mountain Lion? Only the newer macs will be able to do that (2011 and later)
  3. 98EXL macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2012
    not on the moon

    I've been 'testing' my rips for sometime now. I'm ripping (30% or so finished) my DVDs with the 'High-Profile' setting, and now that the fantastic team behind Handbrake has ATV3 presets, that's what I'll use for my BDs.

    I wish that all software devs would be as OCD as the Handbrake team. It's a great product, and it's not even at 1.0 yet, which makes me chuckle

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