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    Default Convert Avi to m4v, easy and no cost?

    I have been fooling around converting Avi/divx files to my ATV using different techniques and tools and would like to know if anyone out there can recommend a method.
    Programs I used sofar are, handbrake, iSquint, visualhub and d-vision, but sofar I am not happy with speed and ease of use.
    I also tried ATV fooler, but can't get this worrking on Snow.

    Looking forward to any suggestions!

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    Perhaps you want MP4box, but it may not do everything you need. Your best bet is to hack the ATV and install third party software (like Sapphire and NitoTV) that'll play the avi files without any trickery.

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    For video conversion I've used several programs, but for me nothing beats Handbrake (Mac). It's very easy to use, efficient and the output is great!. It also does batch processing (the only bad thing I found is that you have to add the videos to the batch 1 by 1, so if you want to convert a large library it's a bit of a pain).

    When I was using the ATV with iTunes, I used a great piece of software called iFlicks Manage your Video Collection with iTunes | iFlicks that puts the AVIs in a m4v container, adds metadata (info & covers) and sends to Itunes automatically. Because it was just wrapping the video in another container (not re-compressing), it was very fast and efficient. It's not free, but it's very cheap and well worth the money (great support too).

    Then I installed XBMC and never looked back to the ATV interface anymore, so I just play files as they come in my ATV now (AVIs, MOV, MKV, whatever).

    If you haven't used XBMC before I'd recommend you give it a try. It takes a little bit of time at the beginning to configure it the way you want it (ie. adding network shares), but then after that is awesome.

    I hope this helps!
    Last edited by Nano07; 05-31-2010 at 11:40 AM.

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    I agree, use XBMC - it is the best solution out there for the apple tv.
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    AVI is a Microsoft video format that stands for Audio Video Interleave. M4V and MP4 are iTunes video files. There is no difference between M4V and MP4 other than the file extension. They are used by devices like the iPod and Playstation Portable (PSP). To convert an AVI to a M4V file, one must use the apporpriate video conversion software.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sshayndell12 View Post
    AVI is a Microsoft video format that stands for Audio Video Interleave. M4V and MP4 are iTunes video files. There is no difference between M4V and MP4 other than the file extension. They are used by devices like the iPod and Playstation Portable (PSP). To convert an AVI to a M4V file, one must use the apporpriate video conversion software.
    Not entirely correct, there are some extra "hacks" that need to be applied to h.263 format due to limitations of the AVI container.
    Also, the audio component of most AVI files that have h.263 video is often VBR MP3, which is not a supported format in the m4v/mp4 container.

    So the conversion from AVI to m4v is always "lossy" - at least on the audio side (and often on the video side if the incorrect tools are chosen)

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