8 Replies Latest reply: Aug 12, 2008 1:24 AM by Chenks
Matti Lahtinen Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
I can't get A-TV to play back MOV files is this normal. I have a software that converts video files to other formats, one of them being Apple TV. However the resulting file is a MOV file which doesn't play back on Apple TV. Should this program be converting the file to MPEG-4 instead?

Thanks
  • 1. Re: File format, what does Apple TV support
    Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
  • 2. Re: File format, what does Apple TV support
    Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (17,020 points)
    .MOV is a container which can hold several video formats - the container type is ok, but either the video format, bitrate or sound may be wrong. It's debatable too if files above 4GB play properly.

    What's the program?

    AC
  • 3. Re: File format, what does Apple TV support
    Matti Lahtinen Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    The program is DV Kitchen > http://www.dvcreators.net/

    If an option is provided to encode an Apple TV compatible file should it not deliver a file in MPEG-4?
  • 4. Re: File format, what does Apple TV support
    Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (17,020 points)
    What are the characteristics of the output file?

    Is it 720p res or less?

    If 720p then officially 24fps max (25fps has been done but not NTSC rates).

    The programme looks nice but also seems relatively new, and as such may have early version bugs that need ironing out. Have you bought it or just tried a demo?

    AC

    From the specs link above:


    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
  • 5. Re: File format, what does Apple TV support
    Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (17,020 points)
    Did you check for updates as they suggested in their user forum?

    AC
  • 6. Re: File format, what does Apple TV support
    Ge0ph Level 2 Level 2 (385 points)
    I just want to comment on the 4GB statement.

    I have never been able to get anything over a 2GB file to play on the Apple TV. I have also read elsewhere that 2GB is the limit for the Apple TV.
  • 7. Re: File format, what does Apple TV support
    Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (17,020 points)
    2GB shouldn't be an issue.

    Just looking quickly, I think the largest movie file I have is 3.48GB in iTunes and it plays on AppleTV. I have several over 2GB that I've watched recently too.

    4Gb has been the historical stumbling block though (? related to FAT32 file size limit in some way even for those with NTFS or Mac formatted drives).

    AC
  • 8. Re: File format, what does Apple TV support
    Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    Ge0ph wrote:
    I just want to comment on the 4GB statement.

    I have never been able to get anything over a 2GB file to play on the Apple TV. I have also read elsewhere that 2GB is the limit for the Apple TV.


    that is completely wrong.

    i have many movies that are greater than 2GB.
    also i rented an HD movies and it was 2.8GB