Movies with AC3

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by thunderclap, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. thunderclap macrumors 6502a

    Nov 8, 2003
    A couple years ago I had an Apple TV. I had a huge movie collection that I digitized to MOV with AC3 audio to play through the ATV. Then one day Apple broke AC3 playback with a patch rendering my collection unusable with the Apple TV. Annoyed and upset I sold it off.

    With the iPad 2 coming out (which I'm buying) I'm considering the new ATV as well, but ONLY if my digitized collection will work. Can MOV with AC3 files be played through the new ATV, or is Apple still refusing to allow people to stream these types of files?
  2. gunthermic macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2010
    Sorry no. m4v movie files. However I do believe you can brign them into something like subler or iFlicks and just put them into a new container, without havign to re-encode them. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
  3. owine macrumors member


    Oct 29, 2008
    Correct Subler would do the trick remuxing the files. Although I have no idea how the iOS devices will handle Home Sharing with videos that have AC3 seeing as the devices do not support them.

    You could also try changing the extension to .m4v and seeing if it will work, I don't know what your exact encoding scheme is.
  4. Omne666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    Ahhhhh, mov should work fine. Just make sure its h264 encoded. I tend to avoid movs' only because they seem bloated in size compared to m4v's, but I have a couple that iFlicks did for me recently, and they play fine. Including AC3 passthru.

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