Simple Questions

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

  1. NineSpine macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2009
    I had a couple of questions as a possible Apple TV buyer:

    1. Can I do something, like play Warcraft or write a paper, on my Macbook Pro while the Apple TV streams video or music from that same Macbook Pro without interfering with each other?

    2. Can I play any video or music on my computer on the Apple TV, provided that I can open it in iTunes?

  2. kornyboy macrumors 68000

    Sep 27, 2004
    Knoxville, TN (USA)
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5H11 Safari/525.20)

    1. You shouldn't have any problems doing this. I do stuff like this on my G5 all the time.

    2. If it works in iTunes, it pretty much will play on the AppleTV. At least that is my experience.

    Hope this helps.
  3. tom1971 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
  4. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    1. Yes, iTunes can happily stream content while you do other things.

    2. No. The Apple TV has specific requirements for video, from Apple:

    H.264 and protected H.264 (from iTunes Store):
    • up to 5 Mbps, Progressive Main Profile (CAVLC) with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps (maximum resolution 1280x720 @ 24fps, 960x540 @ 30fps) in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
    • iTunes Store purchased video, 320x240, 640x480, 720 by 480 pixels (anamorphic), or high-definition 720p
    MPEG 4:
    • up to 3 Mbps, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps (maximum resolution 720x432 @ 30 fps) in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file format

    Quicktime can play many other types of movies. Just because iTunes/Quicktime can play it does not mean that the Apple TV can play it.


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