Apple TV gives you access to an easy-to-navigate world of entertainment. Rent HD movies. Buy HD TV shows. Listen to your iTunes music. Even show off your photos. Connect one HDMI cable and, just like that, Apple TV turns your TV into so much more.
Plus, you can watch DVD movies and video files from various sources on your Apple TV. You just need to rip the DVD movies and convert the video files to the format Apple TV supports. Therefore, let's take a look at the video and audio formats Apple TV accepts:
Video formats supported
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: 1280 by 720 pixels at 24 fps, 960 by 540 pixels at 30 fps) in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
iTunes Store purchased video: 320 by 240 pixels, 640 by 480 pixels, 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: 720 by 432 pixels at 30 fps) in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
Audio formats supported
AAC (16 to 320 Kbps); protected AAC (from iTunes Store); MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps); MP3 VBR; Apple Lossless; AIFF; WAV; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through
Below are the detailed steps about how to rip DVD movies and convert video files to Apple TV using Clone2Go DVD to Apple TV Converter:
Step 1. Import DVD movies and video files
Insert the DVD disc into the disc drive, click the "Open DVD" button to import it if you are going to watch a DVD movie on your Apple TV. Or if the DVD movie is saved as a folder on your computer, you need to click the "Add Video" button to locate that folder, which is composed of two separate folders: VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS. From the VIDEO_TS folder, select the .vob file to import and then click "OK".
You can also import video files stored on your PC by clicking the "Add Video" button. The supporting formats are shown as follows:
Audio Files (*.mp2, *.mp3, *.wav)
Windows Media Files (*.avi, *.wmv, *.asf, *dvr-ms, *ms-dvr)
MOV/MP4 Files (*.mov, *.mp4, *.3gp, *.m4v, *.qt)
Real Media Files (*.rm, *.rmvb)
Flash Video Files (*.flv)
MKV Video Files (*.mkv)
AviSynth Scripts (*.avs)
Other Video Files (*.mpg, *.vob, *.dv, *.m1v, *.m2v, *.dat, *.amv)
Step 2. Choose the output format
From the drop-down list of "Profile", navigate to the "Apple TV" category. From the sub-category, you can choose the most appropriate output format.
Note: From the profile graph above, we can learn Clone2Go DVD to Apple TV Converter also applies to ripping DVD movies and converting video to video/audio formats for iPod Nano, iPod Touch, iPod Classic, iPhone, etc.
Step 3. Start to encode
Now you can click the "Start Encode" button to starting ripping DVD movies and converting videos for your Apple TV.
Note: The output video files are easily available by clicking the "Folder" button on the main menu after the ripping/converting process is done.
Below are several additional tips:
Tip 1. Trim the video
If you only need a certain part of the DVD/video, you can drag the "Start to trim" and "Stop to trim" buttons to get the DVD/video clip after it is imported.
You can also specify the "Start Time" and "Stop time" at the bottom right panel of the interface (under "Profile").
Tip 2. Download YouTube videos
If you want to watch YouTube videos on your Apple TV, you can click the "YouTube" button on the main interface. In the pop-up window, copy and paste the URLs of the YouTube videos one by one.
Tip 3. Customize profile
If you are still not satisfied with the profile you choose, you can customize the parameters such as video codec, video size, video bitrate, video framerate, audio bitrate, audio sample rate, etc.
Tip 4. Batch import and convert DVDs/videos
Clone2Go DVD to Apple TV Converter allows you to batch import DVD movies and video files and batch convert DVD movies and video files as well.