How to Stream and Play AVI files via Apple TV 3?
[size="4"]To stream AVI files to Apple TV 3 gen for playback, you may have to convert AVI to Apple TV 3 supported file types first. Below is a guide for you.[/size]
Convert AVI to Apple TV 3 supported file types .m4v
The 3rd generation of Apple TV (ATV 3) devices boosts the internal processing power and provides long-overdue 1080p HD playback. On this basis, we are allowed to stream higher quality movies to Apple TV 3 for playback on our TV set.
But there is a problem that Apple TV 3 supported video formats are limited, nearly the same as the new iPad, it only supports H.264/MPEG-4 .mp4, .m4v, .mov and M-JPEG .avi file formats. This means that common 1080p or 720p AVI movie files can't be used by Apple TV 3 suitably. For this case, we have to convert AVI to Apple TV 3 compatible video formats first. At the same time, people whose Home Theater supports 5.1 surround sound, may hope to keep the 5.1 channel, today, i will give you a perfect solution to convert AVI movies to Apple TV 3 with 5.1 channel.
Only when your movie has 5.1 channel, you will get the real 5.1 surround sound effect.
First you need to download Brorsoft Video Converter (available for Windows and Mac users), a powerful high-quality video converter, editor and player. It has a special Apple TV 3 5.1 channel preset. With few clicks, you will finish the conversion. And the perfect result video quality is also impressive. If you are streaming and playing AVI, MKV, TiVo, MPG, MPEG, WMV etc. HD/Full HD videos to Apple TV 3, chances are you already installed this great free utility. If not, download it from below.
Tutorial on transcoding AVI to Apple TV 3:
The process uses Video Converter windows screenshots. The way to encode AVI to ATV 3 on Mac is the same.
Step 1. After installation, run the Mac 1080p AVI to Apple TV 3 converter. and click “Add Video” button to load your source files. You can either load your source videos one after another or directly load from a folder.
Step 2. Select output format. Click on "Format > Apple TV > Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)", this profile is just what you need. This format will ensure you 1080p quality with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through.
Tips: 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. Start the 1080p AVI to Apple TV 3 conversion by clicking on "Convert" button.
After the short conversion, you ill be able to get the output files for Apple TV 3 via clicking on “Open” button effortlessly. Now you can transfer AVI movies to the new Apple TV 3 for enjoying with high quality and 5.1 sorround sound. You should know, for streaming media from a Mac or PC, iTunes must be 10.6 or later. And to get 5.1 sorround sound, AV Reciever is necessary.
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