Apple TV AVI solution – Stream XviD/Divx files to Apple TV for watching

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I have an Apple TV and I want to join my XviD and Divx video into Apple TV- the 3rd generation for playback but there seems to be some problem with it. Which is the best way?

Stream XviD/Divx files to Apple TV

Apple TV is a hot media device for us watching movies. (Read Apple TV vs Chromecast comparison review) But just like other Apple devices it can only supports MP4, MOV, M4V videos. As you see, the XviD/Divx AVI isn’t in the supported format list. If you wanna view XviD/Divx files on your Apple TV, the best solution is to encode/re-encode XviD/Divx to Apple TV supported video format first. Here’s is how:

First of all, download and launch Pavtube Video Converterr Ultimate which would do XviD/Divx AVI to ATV conversion which only a few clicks. With it, you convert almost various formats of 1080p/720p HD videos including XviD/Divx AVI, MKV, VOB, MPG, TiVo, WMV to Apple TV friendly format for playback. It directly offers users an optimized pre-setting for Apple TV. Even if you don’t know what format is the best for Apple TV, you can also do it well. Meanwhile the quality of the converted videos is as decent as possible as original. The equivalent Mac version is iMedia Converter for Mac.

Following is the guide about how to XviD/Divx file formats to M4V for Apple TV:

Step 1: Download and Install Apple TV Video Converter. Select your movie. Click “Add Video” to import your source materials in XviD/Divx format. Batch conversion is supported so that you can add multiple files.

Apple TV Video Converter

Step 2: Choose the output format. Click on Format > Apple TV. From the drop down menu, select the proper output format.

a. For Apple TV 3 users, Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v) is recommended.
b. For Apple TV 2 users, please select the Apple TV 2 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v).
c. For Apple TV users, Apple TV H.264 1280×720(*.m4v) will be better to keep the videos in HD.

Apple TV Video Format

Step 3: Click the “Settings” icon and you will go into a new interface named “Profile Settings”. You can adjust codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the interface to optimize the output file quality.

Find no 5.1 Surround Sound from Apple TV, here is the solution. Actually, Apple TV cannot support AC3 5.1 audio track. While, we usually have the demand to get the full AC3 5.1 surround sound to let Apple TV pass-through Dolby Digital to A/V receiver to take advantage of our surround sound system. This Apple TV Video Converter provides pre-set Apple TV profiles. The particular profiles are H.264 video files with AC3 5.1 pass through and AAC stereo. Both AC3 and AAC audio are retained so that you can either let Apple TV pass-through Dolby Digital to A/V receiver to take advantage of your surround sound system, or have Apple TV decodes AAC and exports stereo audio

Apple TV Format Settings

Step 4: After above settings, you can start the XviD/Divx to Apple TV conversion. Once the process completes, locate the files and transfer and copy the converted .m4v videos to Apple TV. As you see, now you can effortlessly watch XviD/Divx videos on Apple TV with the best quality. Besides mkv, you can also rip Blu-ray/DVD or convert MKV and MTS to play on Apple TV.

How to Stream Any Video from PC to Apple TV

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There is over 13 million shipment volume yearly of Apple TV for all over the world.  (Read the comparison between Apple TV and Chromecast) People getting to use to stream videos from PC to big screen, having Apple TV in hands means you can mirror everything in Mac to TV seamlessly. Actually, we can stream content from iTune library to Apple TV directly via Mac or from iOS devices to Apple TV with AirPlay. However, Windows PC doesn’t embed with AirPlay, here offers 2 different ways to stream videos from Mac to Apple TV. Let’s clarify the theory with detail steps.

How to Stream Any Video from PC to Apple TV

1. iTunes Home Sharing

Setup Home Sharing in iTunes

First things first, if not already done you need to authorize your Apple ID in iTunes. To do this, open up iTunes -> from the menu bar, select Store -> Authorize this Computer. Enter your Apple ID and password.

Next, open iTunes Preferences (menu bar -> iTunes -> Preferences). Select the Sharing tab, then enable “Share my Library on my local network”. Additionally if you want your play counts in iTunes to update when playing videos or music on your Apple TV, enable “Home Sharing computers and devices update play counts”.

Home Sharing

Setting up Home Sharing simply shares your iTunes library on your local network. You won’t be able to access any of it while not connected to the same Wi-Fi network that your iTunes library is connected to.

Setup Home Sharing on your Apple TV

Now that we have iTunes properly setup to stream content, we need to setup out Apple TV to accept the connection.

Setup Home Sharing on your Apple TV

On your Apple TV, go to Settings -> Computers -> Turn on Home Sharing -> Login with the same Apple ID as the one you used in iTunes.

Now go back out the main screen of on your Apple TV and select the Computers button.

select the Computers button

A few more things you need to know

  • The Mac or PC which stores your iTunes library has to be turn on in order to stream content to your Apple TV. This doesn’t mean that it can’t be in sleep mode. If you try to stream from the iTunes library while your computer is sleeping it will automatically wake up the computers hard drive so that it can stream your media content. This only works if you have the iTunesHelper application running however.
  • The iTunes Helper application is by default set to always be active from the time your turn on your computer until your turn it off. You can check to make sure it is active by going to System Preferences -> Users & Groups -> Login Items. If under the, “These items will open automatically when you log in:” you can see “iTunesHelper” then it’s already set up properly.
  • Home Sharing doesn’t just work for you Apple TV, it also works when streaming to other computer whether it be a PC or Mac and it even streams to your iPad, iPhone and iPod… as long as they are all connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Connect Apple TV to iTunes on PC for syncing

Step 1: (Wireless) Connect Apple TV to PC.

You can sync your video, songs, photos from iTunes to Apple TV with ease and enjoy them on the couch if you have an existing wireless network. If you have no this, you can build up one or connect Apple TV to your computer via an Ethernet cable.

Step 2: Select source menu and get a passcode.

Select Sources on Apple TV’s main menu and select syncing from the sources menu. Apple TV will generate a passcode to sync. Remember it.

ATV settings

connect to iTunes

Step 3: Go to iTunes; select Apple TV from the Devices list.

Step 4: Connect to iTunes and then sync video from it to Apple TV.

Enter the passcode to iTunes, and if it was accepted, click “OK” to make confirm. Then you can sync the video from iTunes to Apple TV as you like by drag and drop. Now you have done the streaming.

Note: Not all video formats are accepted by Apple TV. ATV is expecting .mp4, .mov or .m4v files containing MPEG4 or H.264 video and AAC, AC3 or MP3 audio streams, other files will not be copied. So when you want to sync other videos to Apple TV, first you need to convert video to Apple TV compatible format.

To get the work done, here we recommend the professional Apple TV Video Converter- Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate, which can help you convert common video like mkv, mts and even H.265 video to Apple TV compatible format and then you can get iTunes to sync other video formats to Apple TV easily. Mac version is here.

DVD to Xbox Converter: Rip DVD Movies for Playback on Xbox 360 Console

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Xbox 360 is not only a game cansole, but also a media player that could store and play various movies. Besides converting Blu-ray to Xbox 360, in many cases it is much more preferable to rip DVD to Xbox 360 first for playback DVD movies further on this game console. In this page, I will share a simplest way to play DVD on Xbox 360 with ease by converting DVD to Xbox 360 compatible videos like AVI videos, MPEG-4 videos, WMV videos, etc.

converting DVD to Xbox 360

One-click solution to Convert DVD to Xbox 360

Looking for a one-click solution? Searching for a top DVD Converter? Here Pavtube DVDAid is an easy to use tool for helping you achieve DVD movie Xbox 360 playable WMV conversion within only a few clicks. Overall, this DVD ripping program offers specified video formats for Xbox 360 and many other game hardware like PSP, PS3, PS Vita, Wii and more. With it, you can easily convert, edit, view and save all your DVD files in a format that can be easily played on Xbox 360, Xbox One with the highest possible playback. Mac version is DVDAid for Mac. Next is a simple step-by-step guide about how to convert DVD to Xbox 360.

Convert DVD files to Xbox 360 acceptable format in a few clicks

Step 1: Load DVD Movies

Kick off DVD to Xbox 360 Converter and then load source DVD movies by clicking “Load DVD” button.

DVD to Xbox 360 Converter

Note: Subtitles and audio tracks could be selected after loading DVD movies.

Step 2: Output settings

Click on the drop down menu of the Format, select Zune/Xbox 360 Device > Xbox 360 Video- Windows Media Video (*.wmv), which is the default profile for Xbox 360 video.

Xbox 360 video format

Optional settings: This DVD to Xbox 360 Converter allows you to adjust video/audio settings. Video and audio parameters of selected profile could be adjusted, including: video codec, audio codec, bit rate, frame rate, channel, etc. You could click settings button to enter the Settings panel.

Xbox 360 wmv settings

Step 3: Convert DVD to Xbox 360 videos

Hit the “Convert” button on the main interface to let this DVD to Xbox 360 ripper start converting. Once the conversion is finished, you could transfer the converted DVD movies to your Xbox 360 for unlimited playback. (Have Xbox One? Here is its transferring tips) Enjoy.

Convert iTunes M4V for streaming to HDTV via WD TV Live(Plus, Hub)

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Can I watch iTunes movies on my HDTV via WD TV Live? Just wondering if I can place iTunes purchased and rented movies on my WD TV Live Hub/Plus for playback on a big screen HDTV.

To answer the question above, we need to figure out what the iTunes movie is first. If you are one of a movie lovers, you may usually bought Blu-rays or DVDs to enjoy the movie at home. iTunes offers a different way for you to enjoy popular movies at home. You can download almost all kinds of movies from iTunes store and play them as soon as you purchase them with a relatively cheap price.

Convert iTunes M4V for streaming to HDTV via WD TV Live

However, Movies bought from iTunes store are protected by Apple DRM and can only play on Apple products only. Due to the DRM protection which has been packed in these movies, other video player is not able to play iTunes M4V movies theoretically. If you want to play iTunes videos on WD TV Live, you will need to remove DRM protection from iTunes movies and convert M4V to WD TV Live(Plus, Hub) compatible video files like MP4, AVI and MOV.

To resolve the issue, you can turn to Pavtube ChewTune, an easy-to-use and powerful tool to help you get rid of iTunes DRM protection and convert iTunes M4V to WD TV Live playable video files legally and fast. Besides iTunes, it can also strip DRM from music and video bought from Amazon, BBC iPlayer, Digital Copy and convert DRM-free and DRM-ed video/audio to all popular video/audio formats, such as AVI, MP4, WMV, MOV etc. for playing and sharing anywhere as you like! (Here is review) Now you can just download the program and follow the easy operation steps to change your iTunes DRM-ed M4V movies to DRM-free videos for WD TV Live.

Get iTunes purchased and rented movies compatible with WD TV Live(Plus, Hub)

A command window will pop up during the installation to install specific audio driver, do not shut down and let it running until the installation completed.

install ChewTune audio driver

Step 1. Add video to this iTunes to WD TV Live Converter(Mac version is here). Drag and drop your videos to it directly, or you can click “Add” icon to import them as below.

iTunes to WD TV Live Converter

Step 2. Let’s click the drop-down-list besides “Format” and move to “Common Video” column and choose “H.264 Video(*.mp4)” as output format for your WD TV Live. Also you can convert iTunes m4v to play on Windows Media Player, Surface Pro and Nexus 7 2 tablet.

WD TV Live video format

Step 3. You can click “Settings” to enter Profile Settings window and customize target video spec, you can find settings for video size, codec, bitrate and frame rate.

Step 4. Now click the big red icon to start converting iTunes M4V video to WD TV Live in batch; this converter will activate your media player automatically and start to play this video. The player windows cannot be removed or closed.

In the meanwhile, it will start to record this video in MP4 real-time. The conversion time is equal to the video length itself; you can do other tasks during the converting the process.

Note: The system volume could turn off temporally during this period; no worries, do not touch it to get perfect DRM removed video.

After the conversion, click “Open output folder” to quick locate the converted video.

Tips:

1. The DRM removing process may mislead your anti-virus software to falsely report virus/worm. Please ignore the report to keep on ripping.

2. This product cannot convert unplayable video (damaged, unauthorized, etc).

After that, you can transfer the DRM-free video to WD TV Live Hub’s drive. Or you can play movies on HDTV using WD TV Live Hub(Plus, Hub) via USB flash drive. Sit back and relax!

How to Rip DVD to Plex Media Server for streaming with a Wink

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Has anyone ripped their DVD collection to a work with all of hardware including PLEX? I have about 200 DVDs and it seems like it’d be very time consuming and tedious. Is there a good piece of software that I can just take a few minutes to get set the way I want to rip and backup my DVDs to Plex Media Server for streaming?

Rip DVD to Plex Media Server for streaming

Searching high and low online, I finally got some tips and ticks for getting all my DVDs into Plex. To get DVD collection to Plex, what you need to do is to rip DVD into Plex Media Server friendly format like MP4, MKV first. There’s all kinds of different software out there (some free, some not) with a variety of different options. Among them, I found Pavtube DVDAid got top reviews and can be taken as a powerful DVD to Plex converter software to rip copy-protected DVD to Plex- compatible MP4/MKV format with a wink. Furthermore, it continuously upgrades to offer you up-to-date DVD backup solution, making it a top contender and worthy of consideration by any DVD to Plex converter buyers. Here I will an easy guide for copying and streaming DVDs to Plex Media Server with a few mouse clicks. This DVD to Plex conversion will be done in good quality and high speed.

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How to Convert DVD to Plex for streaming with Best Video Quality

1. Insert your DVD disc to the drive, then launch the DVD to Plex Ripper(Mac version is here) and click the “Load Disc” button to have the DVD content imported. You can also add VIDEO_TS folder, DVD ISO files are the source files for converting.

DVD to Plex Ripper

2. Click Format bar and choose “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” from HD Video, which can be recognized by Plex well. MKV is also a good choice; as a container format it takes whatever you give it.  In addition to Plex, you can also copy your DVD Cloud StorageDrobo 5N Network Hard Drive and NAS server for backup.

Plex supported format

Tip: With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original DVD while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network, depending on your network quality. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.

HD MP4 settings

3. Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert DVD to Plex Media Server compatible video files.

Once the conversion is finished, click “Open” to quickly find the converted movies. Then, Plex will recognize, catalog, play and stream these DVD files at ease. Wanna output a multi-track audio for playing on media players via Plex? Pavtube ByteCopy will be the best choice to do DVD to Multi-track MP4/MKV conversion.

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How to Get Your DVD Movies into the Cloud Storage?

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Sitting on a pile of DVD movies and don’t know what to do with them? Well, you are certainly not alone. Wouldn’t it be great to digitize all of your DVD movies for moving them to your Cloud Storage. And in that way, you can easily access your DVD movies while you are traveling, on your iPhone or iPad or when you’re just not in mood switch on your TV without needing a DVD player. Read below article and you will find an easy way.

Put DVD library in Cloud Storage

To turn a real-world DVD into a digital file for storage on Cloud Storage that you can stream to the viewing platform of your choice, you have to rip your DVD into Cloud Storage supported format like MP4, MOV, AVI, MKV. To achieve this goal, an easy-to-use DVD Converter is the key. Pavtube DVDAid is such a wise choice for you to solve the problem. (Here is a review for you)

This DVD ripping program enables you to rip DVD discs to universal video and audio file types as you need. You can rip and convert DVD to Cloud Storage with super fast conversion speed and excellent image and sound quality. What’s more, with this DVD ripping tool, you can easily backup your DVD disc with whole content copy or copy main movie only. (Read the three easy backup ways) For Mac users, you can get the DVDAid for Mac. Now you’re ready to move your DVD movies into Cloud Storage.

Rip and Put DVD collection to Cloud Storage

Step 1. Run the DVD Ripper for Cloud Storage and click DVD disc icon to load DVD movies for converting. You can also import movies files from DVD folder, ISO image files.

DVD Ripper for Cloud Storage

Step 2. As Cloud Storage is powerful enough to almost all kinds of formats, you can choose the format according to your own needs like MP4, MOV, AVI, MKV, etc. With this DVD to Cloud Storage Ripper, you can also copy your DVD to Google ChromecastSeagate hard drive and Drobo 5N Network Hard Drive.

Cloud Storage supported format

Tip: You can click settings button to customize the output parameters, such as resolution, bitrate, etc, you can also skip this step.

MP4 profile settings

Step 3. After all settings, click convert button to ripconvert DVD to optimized format for Cloud Storage.

Once you’ve liberated your DVD movie library, you’ll make it available for viewing anytime, anywhere just with the help of your Cloud Storage.

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Convert and Stream downloaded MKV on Synology NAS to LG Smart TV

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Question: This sure would make life a lot simpler if my Synology .mkv files cold be used on my LG Smart TV. I have a few terabytes of Synology .mkv files and I was wondering if they can be played directly without converting them in another application like Handbrake. I do not know the ins and outs of our .mkv files. Any insight?

Stream downloaded MKV on Synology NAS to LG Smart TV

Can LG TV be able to play the downloaded MKV files and placed them on your NAS? You have probably tried this at some time. But strangely, some MKV files work and some just don’t seem to be playable on the LG TV as above. In fact, MKV is just a wrapper, not an actual codec… Most of the MKV’s available for download through various sources online are usually H.264 and AVC, however, some MKV files with unsupported audio codec (i.e. MKV DTS files) or some MKV encoded with the new HEVC codec are certainly not supported by LG TVs for playback.

The solution for you is to find a third-party tool to make everything easy. Here Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is one of the options. It’s good because you can use it as a video converter to first convert your all kinds of MKV files on NAS including H.265 MKV for playing on LG TV which comes with flawless video quality and quick conversion speed. Also you can use it to stream MKV files with any audio codecs to your LG TV as long as it has DLNA support. If not, it’s okay if you have a streaming device like Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku or Xbox, PS3. No more talking, let’s go straight in.

Encode downloaded MKV on Synology NAS to LG Smart TV for playback step-by-step.

Step 1. Install and launch the MKV Converter for LG TV(Mac version is here), and click “Add Video” button to load your MKV files from Synology NAS. The software supports batch converison so that you can add several MKV files to convert at one time.

MKV Converter for LG TV

Step 2. Click on “Format” boarder to set output format.

Now that we’re converting MKV for LG TV, a recommended format is “Common Video > H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4). If you want to get HD video, you can choose HD MP4 as output video format.

LG Smart TV video format

Step 3. Finally click on “Convert” button to start converting MKV to 1080p HD MP4 for LG Smart TV. This MKV to LG TV Converter is highly efficient and it will finish the video conversion in minutes. After the conversion, you can transfer all the converted files to a USB drive and then playback your MKV files from Synology NAS onto the LG TV.

Alternatively, you can use these free video converters instead. The LG TV compatible format is MP4, just choose it and start conversion!

Which product would I need to make digital backups of my 200 BluRay movies on Mac

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Which product(s) would I need to make digital backups of my 200 BluRay movies? (removing DRM protection). Which product(s) would I need to recreate a BluRay movie from the digital copy? I’m currently using AnyDVD HD on a Windows machine to rip movies to the HD. SlySoft has a new CloneBD product to create BluRay’s that I have not yet purchased as I would like to move this all to MACs if possible (bye bye Windows!).

Copy Blu-ray to Mac

In order to let you make copies of your 200 Blu-ray movies to Mac computer and play on portable devices, the above two recommended tools AnyDVD HD and CloneBD may not work well. In fact, it’s not hard to find software to a Mac software to rip so many Blu-ray discs. I’ve seen samples of this and some of the results are very impressive. Here I recommend you Pavtube BDMagic for Mac. It takes everything from Blu-ray DVD, including the chapters, extras, and subtitles. With decent decrypting capability, high quality video output and considerate backup solution, it is considered the best tool for you. With this Mac Blu-ray ripping/copying software, you can fast rip and copy your Blu-ray, DVD movies as easy as possible. If you are a Windows user, you can use the equivalent Pavtube BDMagic to copy Blu-ray on PC. I will walk you through quickly how to copy 200 Blu-ray with ease for repeatedly watching later or share on multiple portable media devices.

How to Rip and Copy 200 Blu-ray movies with ease

Step 1. Import 200 Blu-ray movies

After downloading, install and run the program. As you can see, you can add the Blu-ray movies you want to rip by clicking the “disc” button on the main interface.

Mac Blu-ray Ripper and Copy

STEP 2. Choose output format

Option A – Click “Format” bar to get the format list and select a proper export format. As you can see, various regular video formats like MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, WMV, AVI, etc. are available in the “Common Video” or “HD Video” profile.

HD MP4 video format

Option B – If you just want to copy 200 Blu-ray with original structures, please apply the “copy the entire disc” option.

copy the entire disc

Option C – If you just want to copy main movie from 200 Blu-ray without extras, commentary etc. documents, please choose “Copy” > “Directly Copy” from the Format menu.

Directly Copy

Step 3. Start ripping and copying 200 Blu-ray movies

The last step is to click the “Convert” button on the main interface to start converting 200 Blu-rays to a video format you set.

Once the conversion is finished, get the output videos via clicking the Open button. Afterwards, you can play the converted 200 Blu-ray movie files anywhere anytime you want.

Additional Tips:

This Blu-ray Movie Converter for Mac provides 100+ video presets for Google Nexus, Asus Transformer, Galaxy Tab, iPad, Apple TV, Galaxy S, Nook HD and more, allowing you to rip Blu-ray movies to fit your different portable media players. Also learn how to make digital backups of DVD on Mac.