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    Hi,

    I have installed only Perian and FTP/SSH on my AppleTV via ATVFlash to allow me to play all formats on the AppleTV. I have discovered this program which creates mov container files for videos called iFlicks. However, when I sync the video to my AppleTV I still get the message "This video is not compatible with the AppleTV." What do I need to do to make the videos compatible without having to convert each one?

    Thanks in advance.



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    Just use the Apple TV Fooler app. You need QuickTime Pro, but it's fairly cheap.

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    This all looks a bit confusing. I was wondering if there was an easier application that would allow me to do this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisG19 View Post
    This all looks a bit confusing. I was wondering if there was an easier application that would allow me to do this?
    If you want to use the built-in options. The ATV Fooler solution is pretty much the best way that exists. The other option is to transcode all your video to a compatible format.

    The better solution is to stop using the built-in movies and tv shows options on the apple TV. I still sync audio to the apple TV from iTunes but use XBMC and nitoTV to playback video stored on an external USB drive attached to the Apple TV. I also stream content via upnp to XBMC.

    With XBMC, I have installed a Broadcom CrystalHD card and can now play 720p and 1080p content without stuttering. I use XBMC on my Apple TV every day. NitoTV has superior DVD playback quality so I use it for that.

    Apple's built-in video sync/stream options are too restrictive and one of the biggest reasons that this device has not taken off yet. It makes very little sense to have to "sync" huge video files from iTunes on your desktop machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisG19 View Post
    Hi,

    I have installed only Perian and FTP/SSH on my AppleTV via ATVFlash to allow me to play all formats on the AppleTV. I have discovered this program which creates mov container files for videos called iFlicks. However, when I sync the video to my AppleTV I still get the message "This video is not compatible with the AppleTV." What do I need to do to make the videos compatible without having to convert each one?

    Thanks in advance.
    You need to set that in iFlicks (basically Fooler is built in). Go to iFlicks->preferences->Quicktime and make sure that Make compatible with Hacked Apple TV is ticked. This is in the Advanced options. You will then use the Flatten to Quicktime option.

    An alternative piece of software is VideoDrive. Both are very good and there is no need to play around with anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olethros View Post

    With XBMC, I have installed a Broadcom CrystalHD card and can now play 720p and 1080p content without stuttering. I use XBMC on my Apple TV every day. NitoTV has superior DVD playback quality so I use it for that.

    Apple's built-in video sync/stream options are too restrictive and one of the biggest reasons that this device has not taken off yet. It makes very little sense to have to "sync" huge video files from iTunes on your desktop machine.
    I have a CrystalHD card sitting around and keep debating whether or not to go for it. When you detach the antenna leads (2 of them) to the wifi card do they remove easiliy? More importantly, can they be put back if you decide that the CrystalHD is not for you?

    I rather like the sync/stream iTunes approach, especially when combined with iFlicks or VideoDrive as you get metadata (like XBMC) and there is no transcoding. It's very fast. XBMC is also great of course.

    The Apple TV has actually sold very well ( hard to say but probably far more than every other media player). It just is a bit long in the tooth at this point and needs an upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lstep View Post
    I have a CrystalHD card sitting around and keep debating whether or not to go for it. When you detach the antenna leads (2 of them) to the wifi card do they remove easiliy? More importantly, can they be put back if you decide that the CrystalHD is not for you?

    I rather like the sync/stream iTunes approach, especially when combined with iFlicks or VideoDrive as you get metadata (like XBMC) and there is no transcoding. It's very fast. XBMC is also great of course.

    The Apple TV has actually sold very well ( hard to say but probably far more than every other media player). It just is a bit long in the tooth at this point and needs an upgrade.
    You can tape the antenna leads to the chassis, just make sure to insulate them well so they don't short anything out.

    XBMC is improving every few days with regards to the crystal hd support. There is talk that once davilla gets it working well in XBMC he will look at a quicktime plugin for enabling it as a generic quicktime decoder. We will see how that goes.

    I don't transcode anything (except for playback on the iPhone) either and I just find downloaded video cumbersome to work with in iTunes. Music is different you play that a lot, videos you download and want to watch, but it is less likely you want to watch every video over and over again, so it is a lot more maintenance to import and sync it via iTunes. Plus the double disk usage. Videos are big.

    I still use my appletv nearly everyday, yes it has nearly reached it's end of life. There is still nothing else that can do simple HDMI output and run Mac OS. I see crystal HD as a way of extending the life until Apple puts out something based more on their own ARM cpu and the iPhone/iPad OS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olethros View Post
    You can tape the antenna leads to the chassis, just make sure to insulate them well so they don't short anything out.

    XBMC is improving every few days with regards to the crystal hd support. There is talk that once davilla gets it working well in XBMC he will look at a quicktime plugin for enabling it as a generic quicktime decoder. We will see how that goes.

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    I still use my appletv nearly everyday, yes it has nearly reached it's end of life. There is still nothing else that can do simple HDMI output and run Mac OS. I see crystal HD as a way of extending the life until Apple puts out something based more on their own ARM cpu and the iPhone/iPad OS.
    Ok, I can tape them with electrical tape, but are they straightforward to reinstall or do you have to solder them back on? I have never removed a wifi antenna from a pci-e wireless card. It doesn't just unscrew...

    The generic Quicktime plugin for CrystalHD is a fantastic idea. I didn't think that was possible.

    I have gone on a crazy media player acquiring spree. Have lot's that can do HD and whatever else. Unfortunately there is nothing out there worth much, even though the price is right. I typically have a couple of players sitting next to my ATV and they almost never get used. I prefer the Apple TV. Heck, I prefer running XBMC on it than on my Mini which is far more capable (but XBMC on the Mini is more responsive).

    An Apple TV on the iPad OS using the A4 would be a dream, for me at least.

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