How to convert DVD to Apple TV/iTunes, video files to Apple TV?

in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited January 2014
How to convert DVD to Apple TV/iTunes, video files to Apple TV (Windows/Mac)

Haven't set up your Apple TV yet, take a look at this guide of how to connect Apple TV to TV and iTunes which is a primary step before you sync iTunes with Apple TV.

The tutorials describe the step by step way about convert/ripping DVDs (either movie DVD or music video DVD) to Apple TV video format(MP4, MPEG-4, H.264), and converting all other popular movie files to Apple TV. The Apple TV converter software is easy to use, works flawlessly. Super fast conversion speed with high quality plus chapters/segments ripping modes give you everything you need to put DVD/video on Apple TV so you want watch them on your widescreen TV.

Before convert DVD to Apple TV or convert AVI, WMV, MPEG, RM, Divx, MOV, XviD, RMVB, DVR-MS, ASF, MPG to iTune, let's take a look at the video formats which the Apple TV plays.

Video formats supported: H.264 and protected H.264 (from iTunes Store): 640 by 480, 30 fps, LC version of Baseline Profile; 320 by 240, 30 fps, Baseline profile up to Level 1.3; 1280 by 720, 24 fps, Progressive Main Profile. MPEG-4: 640 by 480, 30 fps, Simple Profile

Audio formats supported: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps); protected AAC (from iTunes Store); MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps); MP3 VBR; Apple Lossless; AIFF; WAV

Part1: How to convert DVD to Apple TV.(Windows)

Part2: How to convert video files to Apple TV.(Windows)

Part3: How to convert DVD to Apple TV.(Mac)

Part4: How to convert video files to Apple TV.(Mac)

(1) Convert DVD to Apple TV video & rip DVD to Apple TV audio(Windows)

1. First download ?DVD to Apple TV Converter for windows? (the latest version) , install and run.

2. If you already have your DVD in DVD drive, the program will automatically detect and load it, otherwise please insert the DVD you'd like to convert to the DVD drive.

3. Click 'File' menu and 'Open DVD', or directly hit 'Open' button to load the DVD.

4. Select the movie title you want to convert, the main movie(the longest title) will be selected by default, you can choose by just tick the checkbox. Also you can expand the movie title by click on it to select the chapters you want to convert, you have the full control.

5. Select the audio language and subtitles you want to use, scroll download the vertical slide bar, you should be able to see it.

6. Start Conversion

After all the things done, click the ?start? button to start the conversion.

Note: you can click on 'Abort' anytime if you want to stop the conversion.

7. Optional parameters settings

* Set output formats

Choose the target file format from 'output format'. The software supports converting DVD to Apple TV H264 640*480 30 fps, H264 320*240 30fps, MPEG-4 1280*720 24fps, MPEG-4 640*480 30fps

*Crop the movie

If you want to crop the movie to fit your own appetite, you can go to settings->crop settings, you can set the value as you like, this function is very useful when you want to crop widescreen DVDs to be fullscreen.

* Set the output folder

Click on the little icon in output folder or go to settings->set output folder

* More parameters

Click 'Setting ->Advanced settings', here you can choose different profile, video/audio bitrate, disable video/audio, aspect ratio, frame/sample rate, turn off screensaver when converting, shutdown computer after conversion so you don't need to wait etc.

8. After ripping, transfer the converted files to iTunes video library, and then sync to your Apple TV, you can enjoy now!

This is the picture we took when watching the converted DVD movie on Apple TV.

(2) Step by step convert movies to Apple TV video (H.264, MP4, MPEG-4) and Apple TV audio (AAC, MP3), AVI to Apple TV, MPEG to Apple TV, WMV to Apple TV, MOV to Apple TV, DivX to Apple TV, Xvid to Apple TV, DVR-MS to Apple TV, RM to Apple TV, RMVB to Apple TV, ASF to Apple TV, AVS to Apple TV, MPG to Apple TV, AVS to Apple TV, FLV to Apple TV, MKV to Apple TV, NSV to Apple TV, OGG to Apple TV, OGM to Apple TV, TIVO to Apple TV, 3GP to Apple TV.(Windows)

1. Free download 'Apple TV Video Converter for Windows'(latest version)', install and run.

2. Click 'Open' button or simply drag and drop to load the video file(s) you'd like to convert. The Apple TV video converter software supports batch conversion mode, you don't need to wait one by one.

3. Hit 'Convert' button to start converting video to Apple TV.

4. Transfer the converted video or audio files to iTunes and put them on Apple TV.

(3) How to Convert Rip DVD to Apple TV (for Mac users)?

DVD to Apple TV Converter provides several default Apple TV video profiles, which you can use converting your DVD to Apple TV Video MP4 formats. The profiles will help you get the video you like such as minimal size video, high quality video, etc. It also has many settings you can customize, for example, convert DVD to Apple TV mp4 video by custom file size through setting video bit rate, rip DVD?s any titles or chapters, select target subtitle and audio track. You can get adjustable video what you want to play on your HD TV through Apple TV.

DVD to Apple TV Converter for Mac also can rip DVD movie to Apple TV straight with high video quality. It supports converting an entire DVD to one video file, and also supports ripping any segment by setting "start time" and "end time".

1.Download the latest DVD to Apple TV Mac Converter (Intel Mac Version,PowerPC Version), install and run.

2.Insert the DVD movie you'd like to rip into the DVD drive,

3.Click "DVD" button to load your DVD, select the output format and set the optional parameters like audio track and subtitle,

4.Hit 'Convert' to start the iPod DVD conversion process.

(4) How to convert videos to Apple TV (for Mac)?

Apple TV Video Converter for Mac can not only convert AVI, MOV, MPEG, DivX, WMV, VOB, XviD to iPod video MP4, but also extract/convert media files to iPod audio M4a, MP3 on Mac, also it support batch conversion.It is easy to use.

1.Free download Apple TV Video Converte for Mac install and run.

2.Load your video files by click the 'Add' button

3.Set your the audio channels, video size and frame rate etc or you can leave it to the default setting.

4.Click the "Encode" button, that's it!

Really easy to convert DVD and videos to Apple TV, right?! Enjoy!

Note: Before you start to sync iTunes videos to Apple TV, pls make sure you have the latest iTunes installed, Open your iTunes go to Help->Check for updates or download it directly from

Specific Information about Apple TV

It is really a long time since Steve Jobs indicated that Apple was going to release Apple TV. In January, he said users would have to wait a bit before trying out the Apple TV for themselves and the device would be available in February. Until Mid-March, there is still no Apple TV. But fortunately, Apple Release the Apple TV Now, and you can get your Apple TV after 3-5 business days once you order it.

Capable of storing up to 50 hours of movies and TV shows, 9,000 songs, or 25,000 pictures, according to the specs provided by Apple, it will be great experience that different from the normal TV. You can buy movies or songs from iTunes store and transfer them to Apple TV; or just find a ripper/converter to help you convert your DVD/Video to Apple TV.

For well connecting with TV, Apple sets a series of ports and interfaces, such as HDMI, Component video, Analog RCA stereo audio, Optical audio, 0/100BASE-T Ethernet, USB 2.0, 802.11n wireless networking, also a receiver that works with included Apple Remote. All of these ports and interfaces are added to Apple TV for displaying the same content on up to 5 terminal, make the whole family could experience in different way; the interface of Apple TV is elaborately designed to make it easy to use, even a kid will know how to control.


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    Connect to your TV

    Easiest - one step through HDMI cable.

    Apple TV connects to your widescreen TV via an HDMI cable (sold separately). This simple connection delivers both audio and video to your TV ? no need for multiple cables.

    Options - through component video/audio cables.

    If your TV?s HDMI port is occupied by another device, or if your TV doesn?t have an HDMI port, you can connect to Apple TV via component video and audio or optical audio cable. So no matter what your entertainment system looks like, Apple TV connects easily. And since Apple TV has a built-in power supply, there's no unwieldy power brick to hide.

    Connect Apple TV to your PC or Mac.

    If you already have wireless network set up in your home, it's really easy. Apple TV's built-in 802.11 wireless capability will automatically detect your existing wireless network and brings your computer and widescreen TV together.

    If you don't have wireless network yet, you can either set one up easily with a wireless access point like the superfast 802.11 AirPort Extreme Base Station or connect Apple TV to your network using an Ethernet cable.

    Only one computer - Sync with iTunes.

    After the physical connection is set up, you can open iTunes (please upgrade iTunes to latest version), go to Edit->Preference, click on Apple TV tab(you will only have this option if you are using the latest version of iTunes), Apple TV will appear in your devices list, ready to sync.

    Set iTunes to sync unwatched video. Sync new purchases. Or manually select what to sync. Set your preferences once and Apple TV automatically updates as your iTunes library changes. Everything travels over your network to Apple TV?s built-in hard drive. So once you sync, even if you turn off your computer or disconnect it from the network, you can still enjoy stored video ? up to 50 hours of it ? from Apple TV.

    More than one computer - Stream the video.

    If you have more than one computer or your iTunes library is bigger than Apple TV can hold, you can stream videos live to your TV via Apple TV.Streamed media travels over your network to your TV ? without taking up space on Apple TV?s hard drive. You can choose up to five additional computers from the Sources menu. As long as a computer?s on your network, it can stream to your TV.

    After all these are done, you are ready to sync videos, songs and photos to your Apple TV, see this guide of How to convert DVD to Apple TV, Vidoes to Apple TV(Windows/Mac) for help to build your own home threater.
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