Hello all, long time lurker, first time poster. I have several questions regarding some issues I'm having getting media files to stream to my Apple TV. I've done some searching here, and had some successes, but the failures are getting pretty frustrating!
Not sure what information is pertinent, so I'll give a full list of what I'm using up front:
MacBookPro5,1 - OS X 10.6.8
iTunes 11.0.1 (12)
Apple TV 3 (Model MD199LL/A)
Haier TV (Model HL32R-B)
Alesis ProActive 5.1 (Model S-0068A)
Connections are as follows, MBP and AppleTV on WiFi, AppleTV Into the television with HDMI, and the TV Analog Stereo audio out into the Alesis, which is configured for 2.1 output from the analog input. (Not a great setup by any means but pieced together from various gifts, so it'll do for now).
Software I've been using:
VIDEO Tools (MP4Tools, MKVTools, etc..)
I have a pretty large library of videos, movies and TV shows. I ripped my entire DVD collection back when I first got this laptop, and I did some experimentation with format and the like, I'm now trying to get everything Apple TV compatible if possible.
What I have is this:
.MKV file with (according to Subler or MP4Tools) h.264 video, AC-3 5.1 sound, ASS/SSA Subtitles.
What I need for the ATV is a .M4V file with h.264 video, AAC 5.1 or AAC Stereo, and SRT Subtitles.
The issue is that whenever I feed the MKV into Subler or MP4 tools, the output file WILL NOT PLAY on the Apple TV. I get an error that says "An error occurred loading the content." For whatever reason, the only way I can get these media playable is if I re-encode the video, using either Handbrake or the h.264 option on MP4Tools. Now, I don't mind re-encoding my old .ogm/divx/ogg experiments, but it doesn't make sense that I would have to re-encode h.264 video? I should just be able to pass them through. Also, these files play just fine with QuickTime and directly in iTunes.
I had initially thought it was an issue with the audio tracks, but because all the re-encoded video's work, and none of the passthrough videos work, regardless of the audio track configuration, I'm assuming now that it's a video issue. Any reason I'd have to do this? It seems wasteful and I'd rather not lose even more quality in the video track.
Also, I'm aware of the many kludges (Like Air Video) to stream different video formats but I'd like to consolidate if possible.
The short version: why do I have to re-encode h.264 video to stream to my Apple TV 3?