ATV (1st Gen): Manually put files into Media directory (bypassing iTunes)?
I've been running a hacked ATV since v1.x of the OS (now running the latest OS) and I've always used a combination of external HD & Sapphire for the some of my media and the stock Movies/TV Shows player (synced to iTunes on an iMac via wifi) for other. With the new (iOS ATV) now out, I've purchased one for the parents and thus a lot more of my media is being converted to .m4v files, all nice and tagged for use in their iTunes for streaming. Thus, I'm looking into moving a lot more of my content to the default Apple TV format and just using the stock Movies/TV Shows player for playback.
But, what I absolutely hate (and why I originally started hacking the ATV in the first place) is that I have to have iTunes running on my iMac all the time, that I'm limited to the size (40GB) of the internal ATV HD, and that I also have to have the same HD space allocated on the iMac.
I know I can move the Media directory to the external HD and create a symbolic link on the ATV pointing to this new location, but even if I do this, do I still need to manage the content via iTunes on the iMac? Or, can I just copy files directly to the new location of the Media directory to be used by the ATV (thus, eliminating the need to have iTunes running/all these media files existing on both the ATV and my iMac)?
Any viewer that can read .mp4 metadata from video files?
Can any of the third-party video viewers build their library around the embedded metadata in mp4 video files? I have many of my DVDs ripped this way (ripped from handbrake, tagged with iFlicks) and I don't want to use iTunes to to manage the library. Any solutions?