Stream WMV/AVI files from Mac to Apple TV 3
Compared with Apple TV 2, the biggest update of the Apple TV 3 is an upgrade from 720p to 1080p. The ATV 3 supported video formats are also in the former range, including H.264/MPEG-4 video in .mp4, .mov, and .m4v file formats, and Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) video in .avi file format. You wanna stream some unsupported files like WMV movies, AVI files through Apple TV 3, you may have to encode those AVI/WMV to Apple TV 3 compatible formats in the first place. Here I will throw this quick tutorial up on how to convert WMV/AVI files to ATV 3 h.264-compliant videos on Mac.
First, the most important piece of the equation is that you have a Video Converter app hooked to you Mac. If you're looking for ease of use with super fast processing speed and excellent quality, I've had success using Pavtube's Video Converter for Mac to convert WMV/AVI to Apple TV 3 H.264-compliant videos. I've found the quality to be excellent, and see no difference when compared to playing the videos themselves. Now just free download the Apple TV 3 Converter for Mac and follow the simple guide to learn how to sync and play WMV/AVI files via Apple TV 3.
Convert, Stream and Play WMV/AVI movies through Apple TV 3 without quality loss
Step 1. Asumming you have downloaded the Mac Apple TV 3 1080p Converter to your PC the first step is to add your WMV/AVI into it.
Step 2. Select "Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)" as output format.
This software has multiple templates for Apple TV 1st Gen, Apple TV 2 and Apple TV 3. To expect a great playback performance of your ATV 3, you should select "Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)" as output format. This format will ensure you 1080p quality with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through.
The best video settings for Apple TV 3 1080p video with AC3 5.1 sound:
When you choosing "Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)" as output, an AC-3 encoded audio track will also be included for Apple TV 3 to Pass-through Dolby Digital 5.1 sound (also know as AC3 5.1), so that it will work in surround sound when Apple TV 3 is connected to audio receiver, and in stereo when Apple TV Gen 3 is connected with TV only.
Step 3. Click Convert button to start encoding WMV/AVI to ATV 3 M4V on Mac.
When the conversion is done, you are able to stream WMV/AVI video from Mac to Apple TV 3 for playing back.
Don’t know how to set up 5.1 surround sound for ATV? Please read How to set up Apple TV for streaming HD videos with Dolby Digital 5.1 sounds?
If you have other questions, you can go to Apple TV 3 column on Pavtube website, the column has many useful guides, such as watch Blu-ray/DVD through Apple TV 3, HD TiVo/M2TS to Apple TV 3, stream mkv to Apple TV 3 etc.