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Watching DVD on the new Apple TV with AC3 5.1 sound

18 Sep 15
Katrina Lucy
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There’s a new Apple TV coming in October which is an improvement in virtually every area. How do you use the new Apple TV (Apple TV 4)? Ever though of streaming your DVD collections to Apple TV 4 for playing on your wide screen TV smoothly but without any splits? This article will present you a simple way to play DVD on Apple TV 4 via Mac with ease.

Many people want to use AirPlay to stream a DVD to Apple TV 4 without any 3rd-party program. Here is my testing.

Mac with DVD drive

Here’s my hardware. Just a common Macbook Pro with the Superdrive (an external USB CD/DVD drive). But you can use any another Mac with DVD drive, as long as it is compatible with AirPlay Mirroring (Mac requirements for AirPlay Mirroring).

Apple DVD Player Software won’t work

The first thing that comes into your mind is probably using the DVD Player Software that usually opens when you insert a DVD. But this won’t work and will just show you the error message “The viewer could not be moved to selected screen.” Why? Seems like a copyright thing that it’s just not legally allowed and therefore suppressed by Apple.

AirPlay DVDs with VLC

When it comes to playing videos, in most cases VLC is the answer. Go to “File > Open Disc…” in VLC and open your DVD.

Enable AirPlay Mirroring and make sure that you see the VLC window on your TV. Double Click in the video window for fullscreen and start your movie. Here we go… video and audio is streamed to your TV.

You probably know DVD contains the VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folders with the VOB files. The problem is: This format is not compatible with your Apple TV 4 and can’t be streamed directly via AirPlay. In order to help so many users who wanna watch DVD on the new Apple TV, here we give you the tips. Before you can enjoy DVD on Apple TV 4, you have to rip and convert DVD to the new Apple TV video format first.

Although you can use Handbrake to re-encode DVD first, the Drawbacks are obvious: Beside the legal issues you can’t start immediately to watch because the re-encoding takes some time, needs software & know-how and eventually some space on your hard disc. In this case, here iFastime Video Converter Ultimate for Mac is the best application for you here. (Read review)

This professional DVD Ripper for Apple TV 4 is specially designed for Apple TV users to convert DVD to the new Apple TV compatible format H.264 or MPEG-4 while keeping Dobly Digital 5.1 audio with fast encoding speed and high output quality. As a versatile DVD Ripper, the program can stream not only DVD to Apple TV 4, but also rip DVD to iPad (iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro), iPhone (iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, etc.), iPod (iPod Touch 6) and many other popular video/audio format like WMV, AVI, FLV, 3GP, MKV, AIFF, AAC, and more. Besides, with this program, you can freely select wanted subtitles for your DVD movies.

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Guide: Convert  DVD to new Apple TV(Apple TV 4) with AC3 5.1 audio track

Step 1: Import DVD movie to the best DVD Ripper for Apple TV 4.

Launch the best DVD Ripper for Apple TV4. Click “Load file(s)” like a disc or the folder to load DVD movie to it. If necessary, you can double click the each file to have a preview.

Tip: Freely select the subtitles for your DVD movies from the “Subtitles” option. Thus, you can watch DVD movie on the 4rd generation Apple TV with preferred subtitles.

Step 2: Choose “Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)” preset as output.

To export a Apple TV 4 video with ac3 5.1 passthrough for AV receiver decoding, “Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)” preset is recommended.

Step 3: Click “Settings” icon to make the best video/audio settings for the new Apple TV.

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 according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.

Step 4: Start converting your DVD movie to MP4 for Apple TV 4.

Click the “Start conversion” button; it will convert DVD movie to MP4 for Apple TV 4 immediately. You can find the process in the “Conversion” interface. After DVD to ATV 4 conversion, you can get the output H.264 video with AC3 5.1 sound. While, from the specifications of the new Apple TV, the supported file format is H.264 video with stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.

Besides, the iTunes can not support AC3 5.1 files well either, to make full use of your output H.264 video with AC3 5.1 sound, you can stream video to Apple TV with AC3 5.1 (Dolby Digital) sound via Airplay. Since the new Apple TV is not able to decode 5.1 surround sound to stereo by itself, if you want to play AC3 5.1 (Dolby Digital surround) audio you will need an AV receiver. If you do not have the AV receiver and connect Apple TV directly to your HD TV with HDMI, then there will be only video without sound while playing surround sound movie.

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