July 24th, 2012
iMedia Converter rip DVDs and Blu-ray Discs for streaming to Apple TV 3
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The 3rd generation Apple TV wirelessly streams everything you download from the iTunes Store to your home entertainment system, so that you can enjoy up to 1080p movies on HDTV. And if you have surround sound system, you can even setup Apple TV to pass-through Dolby Digital audio. If there’s anything less than satisfactory, it must be the picky file types that iTunes supported. As far as we can see, iTunes store supports 3 video formats only, i.e. .mp4, .mov, and .m4v, which mean HD videos in MKV, AVI, WMV, MTS format can’t be added to iTunes movie library for playing to Apple TV 3.
Wanna stream MKV/AVI/MTS/M2TS videos to Apple TV 3? Get Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac (or Blu-ray Video Converter Ultimate for Windows), which enables Apple TV 3 to handle all kinds HD videos by transcoding AVI/MKV/WMV/MPG/Xvid/TS videos to iTunes supported .m4v video. When converting HD videos to Apple TV streaming media format, the app exports Apple TV optimized video up to 1080p Full HD and turns multi-channel HD audio(DTS, TrueHD, PCM) into Dolby Digital 5.1. The iMedia Converter also lets you rip DVDs and Blu-ray Discs for streaming to Apple TV 3.
How to convert HD video to Apple TV 3 streaming media format:
Step 1. Run iMedia Converter on Mac, drag and drop HD videos to the software. It supports HD contents from MKV, AVI, WMV, TS, MTS, M2TS, TiVo, ISO, Blu-ray and DVD. To load Blu-ray/DVD movie from disc, press “Load Disc” icon.
Step 2. Press on the “Format” bar, choose “Apple TV>> Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)”. If you are staying with the 2nd gen black Apple TV, the “Apple TV 2 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)” preset works best for you.
The presets export Apple TV optimized HD video with 2 audio tracks- both Dolby Digital 5.1 and AAC stereo audio will be retained, so that Apple TV could pass-through Dolby Digital to A/V receiver for reproduction of surround sound, and export AAC stereo when going without surround sound system.
Step 3. Press “Convert” to get iMedia Converter to start converting HD WMV/AVI/MKV to Apple TV 3 optimized 1080p video. Wait till conversion completes. To improve speed, you are suggested to run the Blu-ray Ripper on a faster computer.
How to stream HD video to Apple TV 3?
When conversion completes, press “Open” to find ripped movie, and then you can add the movie to iTunes library and have iTunes to stream movie to Apple TV 3 for viewing on HDTV.
You may get iMedia Converter for Mac ($65) from www.pavtube.com. To ensure it works for your needs, you can test it out with the trial version: iMedia Converter Trial Download (Mac OS X 10.8, 10.7, 10.6, 10.5 compatible).
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March 28th, 2011
Show you best settings for Apple TV/Apple TV 2-convert/rip BD movies to Apple TV 2/Apple TV 720p video on Mac
Apple TV 2, the revolutionary streaming home theater device of Apple, powered by the Apple A4 processor, has been redesigned to be small in size but big on entertainment. It lets you rent new movies and TV shows, stream movies and TV shows from Netflix to your HDTV. Have you ever thought of converting BD movies to Apple TV 2 720p video for watching on your HDTV? If you haven’t found out an available way, the following guide aims to show you how to stream your Blu-ray collection to your HDTV for watching via the Apple TV Second generation in detail, just feel free to check it.
What you will need?
Pavtube Mac bluray to Apple TV 2 Converter
An external BD drive
How to convert/rip BD movies to Apple TV 2 720p video on Mac?
Step 1: Run Pavtube Mac bluray to Apple TV 2/Apple TV Converter
Once run the program, click “BD/DVD Folder” to load your Blu-ray movie files. All the titles in a BD movie are checked by default soon after loading, if you just wanna rip Blu-ray to Apple TV 2 with Main Title, you can right-click on the “Main Title” firstly, and then tick off the “Main Title” only.
Step 2: Select M4V as output format for Apple TV 2
To convert BD movies to Apple TV 2 720p video, you need select M4V as output format for Apple TV 2. Click on the dropdown menu of “Format”, and then follow “Common Video” > “M4V – MPEG-4 Video (*.m4v)”.
Step 3: Adjust audio and video parameters
Pavtube Mac bluray to Apple TV 2/Apple TV Converter allows users clicking “Settings” button to adjust audio and video parameters to optimize the output file quality. The adjustable settings include codec name, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel. To convert BD movies to Apple TV 2 720p video, just use the following recommended settings.
Bitrate: medium quality
Frame rate: 30
Sample rate: 48,000
Step 4: Rip Blu-ray to Apple TV 2/Apple TV with Mac bluray to Apple TV 2 Converter
When the above mentioned steps are finished, you can click the big button “Convert” to start ripping Blu-ray to Apple TV 2 with Mac bluray to Apple TV 2 Converter. Once the conversion is done, you are able to click “Open” button to get the output M4V files for your Apple TV Second generation for playback.
Categories: Apple TV Ripper |
March 28th, 2011
[Apple TV 2/Apple TV 5.1 sound]Backup Blu-ray to Apple with AAC 5.1 sounds faster than ever!
Ever thought of putting your DVD collections to Apple TV? Why not? With digital backups on Apple TV, you will never have to hunt for a movie in hundreds of DVDs and then bother to place it in a DVD player. Instead, you just sit on the bed and select desired movie with a handy remote control. Be sick with the long time ripping process? Oh, in that case you should not miss the Pavtube Blu-ray to Apple TV Converter, which allows you to take advantage of NVIDIA’s GPU acceleration, improving the ripping speed to 3-5 times faster.
The secret of ripping Blu-ray to Apple TV 3-4 times faster
By processing video conversions on NVIDIA’s GPU instead of your computer’s CPU, ripping time is greatly shorted and more CPU resources can be spared for other applications, making your computer run much smoother. CUDA based Pavtube Blu-ray to Apple TV/Apple TV 2 Ripper helps you rip Blu-ray much faster than ever in the availability of NVIDIA’s CUDA enabled Graphics card. I have tested the CUDA enabled Blu-ray ripping process on a 1GHz Dual Corel PC with Apple TV 1280*720 MP4 video (encoded with H.264/AAC) and it takes 90min only comparing with when CUDA is disabled. Here’s what I do with the Avatar Blu-ray Disc.
Step-by-step guide of ripping Blu-ray to Apple TV with AAC 5.1 audio:
Download a free trial of PavtubeBlu-ray to Apple TV/Apple TV 2 Converter first. The Blu-ray Ripper and DVDs converts commercial Blu-ray Discs and DVDs to various video and audio formats for Apple TV, iPad, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4, PS3, Wii, Android smartphones, etc.
Step 1. Load BD movie to the Pavtube Blu-Ray to Apple TV/Apple TV 2 Converter
Connect an external BD drive to your PC if there is not an internal one. Place in source Blu-ray disc. Install and launch the Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper software, click “BD/DVD ROM” or “BD/DVD Folder” to load Blu-ray movie files into the app. When movie is loaded, make sure the CUDA button is activated.
Step 2. Set H.264 HD MP4 for Apple TV.
Click on “Format” bar to determine the output format. To take advantage of CUDA acceleration and k eep the best quality for Apple TV playback, I select “Apple TV H.264 1280*720 (*.mp4)”. The format creates HD MP4 with AAC 5.1 surround sound.
Step 3. Start ripping Blu-Ray to Apple TV with AAC 5.1 sound at fastest speed.
Click on “Convert”button to start Blu-Ray to Apple TV conversion. The whole process takes 96min and the generated file size is 4.73GB.
Once the ripping task is finished I click “Open” button at the bottom of the main interface to get the output MP4 files for Apple TV. The image quality turned out to be excellent:
I then click the CUDA button to turn the CUDA off, and convert Avatar Blu-ray to Apple TV H.264 1280*720 (*.mp4) format again. This time it takes 455 min to generate a 4.66GB file.
So my advice for guys that wanna backup Blu-ray movies to Apple TV is, have a try with Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper v3.7 and experience the CUDA acceleration by yourself. You’ll love it. For more info about the CUDA acceleration you can check CPU acceleration and CUDA based Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper v3.7.
Categories: Apple TV Ripper |
November 8th, 2010
Playing DVD movies on Apple TV with AAC/AC3/DTS 5.1 surround sound or Stereo via Pavtube DVD to Apple TV Ripper for Mac
There’re discussions and debates concerning Apple TV and 5.1 audio. Does the Apple TV support 5.1 audio? What kind of video and audio fits Apple TV best? Is it possible to enjoy surround sound from Apple TV? Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 audio are the most common surround sound in DVD movie clips. The DVD specification requires that regular movies provide minimally an AC3 (i.e. Dolby Digital) soundtrack, with DTS sound as an option. When backing up DVDs to Apple TV, most folks wish to keep the original 5.1 surround sound. Does Apple TV support Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1? Let’s take a brief view of the technical specifications of Apple TV:
Video formats supported
H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
Audio formats supported
HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through
From the above description we learn that MP4, MOV, M4V with AAC stereo are naturally supported by Apple TV. And supported 5.1 audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 sound pass through. So what’s the best format for ripping DVD to Apple TV? Well, this depends on the amplifier or AV receiver you use. In this post I’d like to share you something practical and really means: how to choose audio codec and channels when ripping DVD to Apple TV optimized videos.
Solution 1. If your AV receiver is capable of decoding AAC 5.1
Most receivers with surround sound decoders only support the older AC3 or DTS 5.1 formats, and can’t directly decode multiple channels delivered in the newer AAC 5.1 format. But AAC 5.1 is strongly recommended when your receiver support AAC 5.1 decoding. AC3 isn’t really a good codec for surround sound in movie files because it uses a fixed bit rate. The newer AAC delivers better quality at the same bitrate. With support for AAC 5.1 surround sound, the surround receiver can use it directly from Apple TV. You can rip DVD to H.264 or MPEG-4 encoded MP4/ MOV/ M4V with AAC audio of 6 channels using Pavtube DVD to Apple TV Ripper for Mac and then sync the video to Apple TV via iTunes. Now that your receiver supports AAC 5.1 channels, you can use the Toslink optical port to deliver AAC 5.1 to your receiver in full quality.
Solution 2. If your AV receiver decodes Dolby Digital/ AC3 5.1…
In case that your amplifier/ AV receiver does not decode AAC 5.1, but supports Dolby Digital decoding, you’re encourage to convert DVD to H.264/ AC3 encoded MP4/ MOV/ M4V format with Pavtube DVD to Apple TV Ripper Mac (DVD to Apple TV Ripper on windows). Note that QuickTime and iTunes can’t play AC3 tracks, so when previewing ripped DVD movie with AC3 audio in Quick Time Player, the video contents play well with no audio at all. Apple TV does not play the AC3 audio itself, but the set is able to output AC3 data over the Toslink optical port to your AV receiver to decode the audio into six channels. The Apple TV decodes video contents and pass through AC3 to your receiver for 5.1 decoding, that’s the way you enjoy AC3 surround sound.
Solution 3. If your AV receiver decodes Dolby Surround Pro Logic…
Again you can shrink DVD to H.264 or MPEG-4 encoded MP4/ MOV/ M4V with AAC audio of 6 channels using Pavtube Mac DVD to Apple TV Ripper, and then sync the video to Apple TV via iTunes. The Apple TV does something special with AAC 5.1 audio: it mixes it into Pro Logic so that your receivers can split it into multiple channels of sound, with a separate center channel and front and rear stereo. This is known as 4.0 channels. Apple is using it in its movie downloads and trailers, since almost all the 5.1 receivers support Dolby Surround Pro Logic and the format is backwards compatible with regular stereo equipment as well.
Solution 4. When/ If you do not use a receiver…
In fact, the majority of 5.1 sound on DVDs is played back in regular stereo by end users. For Apple TV users who are getting used to stereo audio, ripping DVD to MP4, MOV or M4V with 2 channel AAC seems a fine idea. In this way you don’t have to add external audio devices to Apple TV, and the AAC stereo is well-supported by QuickTime Player and iTunes. Besides, the ripped Apple TV video also plays great on iPhone 4 and iPad when you rip DVD to 1280*720 or 720*432 MP4, MOV or M4V.
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