.MKV to HDTV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by josh098, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. josh098 macrumors member

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    Hope this is in the right forum. I have an iMac and a (37LG50) 37" LG LCD HDTV, and a LaCie 1TB external hard drive. What I want to do is play my .mkv files on my tv, but I don't know hoe to get em there. Tv won't recognize LaCie. I thought my HDPVR would, but it broke and I got so much B.S. from the satellite provider, I cancelled my subscription. I am not super computer guy, so I was hoping there is a fairly easy inexpensive way to pull this off. If anyone can help, post a link to the answer or anything, I would really appreciate it. Thanks:
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I'm going to recommend the defunct Visual Hub or even PopCorn Hour. Unless you want to move your Mac next to the television.
     
  3. kolax macrumors G3

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    Well what are you using to view the video on your TV? Apple TV?
     
  4. josh098 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thats what I'm trying to figure out. I hoped if I had an .mkv on my LaCie, i could then plug it into the tv and play it, but tv won't recognize the LaCie. Basically, i want to know how (what cable, Hard drive, anything) i can get the hd .mkv file to play on my tv. If it's possible at all. I have a working version of Visual Hub, but was hoping to not sacrifice the quality of the .mkv files
     
  5. kolax macrumors G3

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    Your TV has a USB port for connecting external hard drives?

    If so, find out what formats your TV supports - but most likely H.264, so re-encode the .mkv file in VisualHub.
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I hope it's not the USB service port. Nonetheless I doubt even more they'd support MKV.
     
  7. kolax macrumors G3

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    Yeah - I don't know a single TV that gives you that ability. Probably is some out there.
     
  8. josh098 thread starter macrumors member

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    ok tv does not support USB HDD, so I guess thats that. USB port is not just service. ummm....OK how bout going direct from iMac to TV? Thay are on seperate floors, will the distance cause video quality to suffer? is there a cable that can be that long, let say 100feet so i can semi-conceal it. TV has RGB(PC) and RGB/DVI Audio plugs. I dont see plugs on the back of my iMac that correspond to those.
     
  9. kolax macrumors G3

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    Ahh right, I doubt it'll ever play video.

    You'll need a dedicated device for this - either hooking your iMac up to it or buying something like the Apple TV.
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Video over wireless might be your only choice there.

    Seriously, get a Popcorn Hour instead.
     
  11. josh098 thread starter macrumors member

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    Alright, I know what these things are, but don't know how they work, and the websites all seem to assume I know what they are talking about.:D
    Apple tv and popcorn hour are wireless receivers that pick up signals from my computer?
     
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    They're standalone media devices.

    If you really need wireless the Popcorn Hour does support but why spend the money when you already plan on lugging your hard drive full of MKVs to your TV?

    You don't even have to hack it for MKV playback.
     
  13. josh098 thread starter macrumors member

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    so mac plugs into apple tv, apple tv to tv, and they all sit next to each other?
    Sorry for my ignorance, but I just don't know. Moving the computer is not an attractive option tho.
     
  14. kolax macrumors G3

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    No no - the Apple TV is a separate device. It has a hard drive built-in and you can stream your iTunes content wirelessly over your WiFi connection.

    The Apple TV is a sleek compact box that plugs into your TV (by HDMI or Component) and you access your whole iTunes library via it. Check out the link I gave you - there's a good video there.
     
  15. josh098 thread starter macrumors member

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    does it only pick up itunes? my imac has bluetooth, will that connect the two or do i need to purchase wifi from someone?
     
  16. kolax macrumors G3

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    Think of the Apple TV as an iPod that plugs into your TV. It uses iTunes for everything. Of course, since it has a hard drive, you don't need your Mac to be turned on when using it, unless you want to stream content to it, then your Mac would need to be on.

    Do you have a wireless router?
     
  17. josh098 thread starter macrumors member

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    jeez i doubt it. i feel stupid asking, but thats what i'm plugged into so i can access the internet right? Its from aliant, a canadian company, but i have no idea about it being wireless or not.
     
  18. kolax macrumors G3

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    Okay, how is your Mac connected to the internet? By a cable going to the little box that the Canadian company supplied? Or is it wirelessly connecting to that little box?
     
  19. josh098 thread starter macrumors member

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    plugged in with a wire. Let me see if i can save you some typing...I call my internet service provider, sign up for wifi. purchase Apple Tv, and access my iTunes library, wirelessly from my computer to Apple Tv, then via HDMI to my tv. plus apple tv saves my library to it's hard drive, like an iPod so my computer doesn't have to be on to watch a movie I bought from iTunes. Is that right?
     

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