Streaming only a selection of my library?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ansalmo, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. ansalmo macrumors regular

    May 23, 2005
    I've disabled syncing on my Apple TV, and have it set up to stream from the iTunes library on my iMac. In the iTunes preferences, I've asked it to share only "Music", "Podcasts", and a smart playlist I have set up that contains only video files for my Apple TV (I don't want to stream my low-quality iPod videos). I've confirmed that the shared content is correct, with my MacBook showing only the files I expect.

    However on my Apple TV it lists my entire video collection, including the low-quality iPod ones :(

    Does :apple:TV not use the standard iTunes sharing mechanism? Have I otherwise missed something obvious? Any ideas on how I can resolve this? I have to keep the low quality videos for my iPod, but I don't want them cluttering up my :apple:TV menu, and I would rather not have to mess around with multiple libraries if at all possible. Any assistance would be appreciated. :)
  2. nlivo macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2007
    Ballarat, Australia
    i could be wrong but if you "untick" them they should not appear on the appletv. I'm not sure if this'll go down well for your iPod syncing though.
  3. ansalmo thread starter macrumors regular

    May 23, 2005
    They're essentially 'unticked' already, as they're not included in any of the playlists that are being shared from my iMac. I just don't get how they (correctly) don't appear when viewing the library from my Macbook, but (incorrectly) do appear when viewing it from the :apple:tv. Is iTunes doing something special behind the scenes for streaming :apple:TVs?
  4. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    Not sure if I'm completely grasping the issue, but if I am, you might have previously synched it all, then made the decision to stream? If so, I don't think :apple:TV automatically dumps the previously synched content. I think you have to reboot :apple:TV to get it to accept your change in approach. But I'm not sure of this.

    As to managing lower quality ipod video vs. higher quality :apple:TV video, what I do might be helpful to you: For those videos that I want to store on the iPod, I select each, choose "get info", hit the "video" tab, select TV Show, punch "iPod Video" into the "Show" field, and a unique number into the "Episode Number" field. As long as you punch the exact same name in the "Show" field for all of your iPod videos, this will segregate :apple:TV higher quality video from ipod lower quality ones by putting the ipod videos in their own folder (as shown on :apple:TV anyway) in the "TV Show" option (on :apple:TV). And note that "show" is not the same as "name", so the individual videos will still have their own unique names.

    Then, I use iTunes settings to synch those iPod videos in TV Shows to the iPod, and stream all of the (intended for :apple:TV) videos in "Movies" to the :apple:TV. The iPod "folder" still shows up in :apple:TV interface under "TV shows", but I know that those are the lower-quality versions of videos, so I simply avoid that option when using the Apple TV.

    I suppose that if someone has TV Shows that they don't want to "crowd"/confuse with lower quality iPod video, they could tag their iPod video as "Music Video" instead of "TV Show", and segregate them that way.

    For now, this works to my liking. Hopefully, Apple will put more effort into an upcoming iTunes upgrade to make it much easier to organize movies in folders (compatible with the :apple:TV interface), much like we can organize music. But the above workaround seems to work pretty well. And within "TV Shows" it is possible to group content together so that they are in categories when using :apple:TVs interface.
  5. ansalmo thread starter macrumors regular

    May 23, 2005
    I did have it syncing originally, and switched to streaming, but I'm selecting my iTunes library as the source so it should ignore any local content (and I think it's automatically deleted anyway if you disable syncing).

    I'll attempt to explain a little better. Take an example that I have 100 music tracks, 10 iPod-sized movies, and 10 :apple:TV-sized movies in my iMac library. In iTunes on the iMac, in the Sharing preferences, I chose to share only the "Music" and my own "Apple TV Videos" playlists (I'll ignore my previous mention of podcasts for simplicity). If I view my library from my MacBook, I see 100 music tracks and 10 :apple:TV-sized videos. However, when I set the iMac library as the streaming source for my :apple:TV, I see all 100 music tracks, 10 :apple:TV-sized videos, and the 10 iPod-sized videos too on the :apple:TV. So the question is - why do the iPod-sized videos appear on the :apple:TV, when I've specifically excluded them from being shared from my iMac library? And how do I stop them being shared to the :apple:TV?

    I'm looking for a pure solution, but I'm guessing that there's a reason I can't do this.

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