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stream movies from external HD to ATV

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Jun 15, 2010 2:08 PM
All of my movies are stored on my external HD. How can I get Itunes to find them so I can stream them thru my ATV? thanks!
Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,665 points)
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    Jun 15, 2010 2:14 PM (in response to lacyb13)
    A couple of ways, but firstly you need to plan a strategy for storing content.

    Can I assume you have music and some other stuff already in itunes and on your internal drive. If so, do you want all your content on the external drive including music etc or just the movies.
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  • capaho Level 4 Level 4 (3,650 points)
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    Jun 15, 2010 6:35 PM (in response to lacyb13)
    Change the location of your iTunes library in iTunes preferences to the external drive, then run the options from the File->Library->Organize Library menu in iTunes. Keep in mind that your video files need to be in a format that is iTunes/ATV compatible for them to play on an ATV.
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  • capaho Level 4 Level 4 (3,650 points)
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    Jun 16, 2010 11:08 PM (in response to lacyb13)
    The files you have on the internal drive will remain in the library list, but you will have to run the options as I indicated previously in order to update all of the file location information in iTunes.
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  • Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,430 points)
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    Jun 17, 2010 1:43 AM (in response to lacyb13)
    lacyb13 wrote:
    All of my movies are stored on my external HD. How can I get Itunes to find them so I can stream them thru my ATV? thanks!


    assuming you have selected to +copy files to ... when adding to library+ in the advanced pane of the iTunes preferences, just drag them (or the folder containing them) from the external into an open iTunes window while pressing option on your keyboard. this will cause iTunes to index the path to the original's location (the external) but not copy the files physically.

    if you want to use these files, make sure the drive is mounted on your desktop *before+ you launch iTunes.

    also, as capaho mentioned, the files need to be in a format that iTunes and TV understand.

    JGG

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  • Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,430 points)
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    Jun 18, 2010 10:47 AM (in response to lacyb13)
    lacyb13 wrote:
    is there a way to see the path in itunes?


    yes. right-click on a file in iTunes and go to the summary pane. it will show you the path to the file's location @ the bottom of the window.

    JGG

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  • Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,430 points)
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    Jun 18, 2010 12:36 PM (in response to lacyb13)
    lacyb13 wrote:
    I cannot get it to work.
    It just keeps copying the file.


    check your settings in preferences > advanced. is +copy to iTunes media folder when adding to library+ checked or not ? if it isn't, don't press option.

    if it is, you need to keep pressing option while you drag (and keep option pressed for a little while for good measure) until you see iTunes saying +determining volume+ ... or something along th@ line.

    What exactly is an "open window"


    just the normal iTunes interface you see when you launch the app

    iTunes new

    JGG

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  • Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,430 points)
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    Jun 18, 2010 1:04 PM (in response to lacyb13)
    lacyb13 wrote:
    YEA, it finally worked! thanks so much for your help!


    great !

    happy to hear you got it going

    thanks for the stars and enjoy ...

    JGG

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