Loading Movies On Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by TomKease, May 8, 2009.

  1. TomKease macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2008
    Hi there...

    i recently got a 160 GIG Apple TV...

    I was trying to load movies on it..that are not yet in my itunes....

    is there an easier way to load movies on it...

    maybe using the usb plug in...or the ethernet outlet...

    not sure what to do...new to apple tv....

  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    You can sync over the wireless or Ethernet. I'm pretty sure the manual explains how to do both.
  3. TomKease thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2008

    see the issue is i have all the movies in a folder on my desktop....

    and not in tunes....

    i was wondering if there was a way to just load them in there....

    with out putting them in itunes first?
  4. spice weasel macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    Yes and no. The ATV syncs/streams with your iTunes library, so if you are using a stock ATV (not hacked) you need to add content to your iTunes library. However, those items need not be located in your iTunes Music folder - they can be on an external drive, for example, or on your desktop. Drag them into iTunes while holding the option key and it will add an entry for each item in your library without actually copying the files to the iTunes Music folder. Alternately, you can go into iTunes prefs and, under advanced, uncheck the "copy to iTunes library" box.
  5. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    They don't have to be in your iTunes library folder, but they do have to be iTunes accessible format (not avi)

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