4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 27, 2010 1:08 PM by Troels Kolding
Boerne Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
...Posted in AppleTV, iMovie and FCE – sorry if that’s a breach of netiquette...

I have an Sony AVCHD Camcorder. iMac 24” 8,1 (early 08), FCE, iMovie ’09, and AppleTV (new 160gb).

I want to watch my HD clips on my AppleTV. I’ve read ALL DAY (so, I’m incriminating myself) on the forum on how to get HD from iMovie and FCE onto my AppleTV and I have zero luck.

If I get it onto AppleTV it is seriously downgraded in quality. My wife, who only cares about seeing the video, even commented on “why does it look like it is made out of tiles” referring to the mosaic compression and degradation seen, apparently made by iTunes to make the video “AppleTV” worthy. (It looks like lowest quality jpeg compression.)

I have exported 30 second AVCHD clips till I’m blue using every means I know how in iMovie, FCE, and QT Pro. I have come to the conclusion that I do not know how to get the movie onto AppleTV correctly. Regardless of what format the movie ends up in, iTunes wants me to "convert it" so it is AppleTV compatible. Up until this point, the video is awesome. Afterwards, it *****. Is there a way to get it on the AppleTV without the iTunes downgrade? I kept trying thinking that I would hit a format that iTunes like and would upload "as is" to AppleTV. No luck.

Lots and lots of huge family events going on over the past year and upcoming year. We have maxed out the 60gb Sony so I either have to burn AVCHD disks on the PC or figure this out with the AppleTV.

Thanks for any help.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 2008 24" model - I want Blu-Ray
  • 1. Re: Sony AVCHD to 1080 AppleTV -- How?
    Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6 (9,665 points)
    Hi -
    Are you using FCE to actually edit your material or just as another attempted pathway to getting the video to Apple TV?

    If you are not actually editing the material, you may want to look at the application Toast which will let you drag the AVCHD video files directly from your camera and convert them to Apple TV, directly placing them in iTunes, if you wish. I just tested a bunch of clips from my Sony Camera, and while I don't have Apple TV, the quality of the converted clips looks quite good.

    Hope this helps.
  • 2. Re: Sony AVCHD to 1080 AppleTV -- How?
    Boerne Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    The *** above = sti_nks.

    In a perfect world, I'd capture my video with iMovie (in a HD format) and they would show up on AppleTV just like my new iPhoto pix do. Now, I have to import them into iTunes and then convert them for AppleTV. I end up with 3 copies of the file (original, iTunes, and ATV). The resolution of the video, although upconverted to 1080p from ATV, is NOT hd quality. In my opinion, the video quality should be the same as an AVCHD dvd played in the player. Sadly, this is not the case. Quality doesn't come close.

    So, I'm thinking I'm doing something wrong. Any ideas?


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  • 3. Re: Sony AVCHD to 1080 AppleTV -- How?
    Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6 (9,665 points)
    Boerne wrote:
    The *** above = sti_nks.

    Well, you know best.

    Good luck!

  • 4. Re: Sony AVCHD to 1080 AppleTV -- How?
    Troels Kolding Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    First off the Apple-tv is limited to 5Mbps at 720p resolution. This is likely less than what is in your AVCHD raw recording. This is one of the greatest annoyances of the product. Even if download for obvious reasons have to be limited to say 5-6Mbps it would be nice to watch own produced video at higher quality.

    With that said, I find that the Apple-tv delivers an acceptable performance in many situations. Unfortunately, you do have to have two versions - the original AVCHD file and the version optimized for Apple-tv.

    I usually use Final Cut Express to do the same thing but in iMovie the equivalent is Share->Export using quicktime->"movie to Apple Tv" setting.

    I store all my AVCHD raw files using FlamingoHD and then otherwise make a project and export the edited version to Apple TV. Takes up lots of space unfortunately.

    Hope this helps. I am still waiting to understand if the new Apple-tv supports higher data rates at 720p.