Summary: Want to enjoy high quality MKV video on Apple TV 3(with AC3 5.1 sound)? This article shows you how to convert MKV to Apple TV 3 playable video format for watching.
The Apple TV 3 comes with awesome features and ability to play HD videos of 1080 pixel. But, one limiting factor is that like all Apple designed products Apple TV 3 only supports a few video formats .mp4, .m4v, .mov. So, it will be a bit hard to play 1080p/720p MKV on Apple TV3.
I've heard of options mostly involving AirPlay work around, but it worked kinda stuttery. The most seamless one would be to convert MKV into MP4 files. The upside is that you can then share your iTunes library with your Apple TV 3, and you won't have to use AirPlay anymore. The Apple TV 3 just automatically fetches the video from your iTunes library over the network and plays it back. Plus, Apple TV3 can't decode AC3, but will pass it through to your receiver. Here I will give you a perfect solution to enable Apple TV 3 play MKV videos flawlessly and pass-through Dolby Digital 5.1 sound for your Home Theater.
First download and install the app- Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac:
Overall, it’s a yet professional and easy-to-use video convert program. With it, you can fast encode MKV to Apple TV 3 playable M4V video keeping the HD quality. What’s more, an AC-3 encoded audio track will also be included for Apple TV 3 to pass-through Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, so that it will work in surround sound when ATV 3 is connected to audio receiver, and also in stereo when Apple TV 3 is connected with TV only. Besides MKV format, this software is able to convert videos in all main formats like AVI, MPEG, VOB, FLV, DVR-MS, TiVo, AVCHD, etc. You can even optimize the video quality for specific devices. Now it's the step-by-step tutorial for you.
How to convert 1080p MKV videos to Apple TV 3 with 5.1 channel on Mac
1. After installation, run the MKV to Apple TV 3 Converter Mac. Click “Add” button to load your source files.
Tip: Tick off the “Merge into one” box to join multiple video flies into one if necessary.
2. Click on Format > Apple TV. From the drop down menu, select the proper output format. For Apple TV 3 users, Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v) is recommended.
3. Hit the Convert button; it will start to convert MKV movie files to Apple TV 3 supported video format M4V with AC3 5.1 surround sound on Mac OS X.
When the conversion process shows in 100%, you can get the output videos for Apple TV 3 freely. Later, you can transfer/stream MKV videos to Apple TV 3 on Mac for enjoyment freely with the Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound while ATV 3 is connected to A/V receiver.
Source: How to Convert MKV files to Apple TV 3 (Mountain Lion)
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