The new Apple TV (1080p Apple TV 3rd generation) offers the simplest way to watch your favorite HD movies and TV shows on your HD TV for the breakthrough price of just $99. While enjoying stunning HD image quality, many folks are having problem with audio, in specific, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. Generally, Apple TV 3 itself can not play 5.1 audio directly, it needs the receiver in your surround system to decode the 5.1 audio into six channels and distribute them to six speakers. So really, the Apple TV 3 doesn’t need to decode 5.1 audio, it only needs to hand the surround audio stream to a receiver than can decode those formats.
If you have a great surround sound system and definity want to watch your Blu-ray, DVD movies or 1080p/720p HD videos on Apple TV 3 in Dobly Digital 5.1 audio, you’ll need a software which converts Dobly Digital 5.1 for Apple TV 3. If you’re looking for easy-to-use, check out Pavtube’s iMedia Converter for Mac (Alternative Wins Version), a top Dobly 5.1 Audio Converter for Apple TV on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
Frankly, this software is so simple to use and gives me exactly what i was looking for. I’m saving and digitalizing my entire movie collection and now been able to put them on iTunes and watch them wirelessly on my Apple TV 3 with extraordinary quality of Audio (DD 5.1) and Video. I tried several softwares and I can tell you that NO ONE comes even close to the simpleness and great quality that Pavtubes softwares deliver. The time it takes to convert in this software is almost half that in other. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to learn how to get Blu-ray, DVD movies and 1080p/720p videos into iTunes for Apple TV 3 playing back with Dobly Digital 5.1 sorround sound.
Converting Blu-ray/DVD and HD videos to Apple TV 3 Dobly Digital 5.1 videos
Once the the ultimate Blu-ray Video to Apple TV Converter installed, click “Add Video” button to load video files like MTS/M2TS, MKV, VOB, MOV, TOD, TiVo, etc or click on “BD/DVD folder” to load movie from DVD and Blu-ray source(Disc, folder, ISO).
- Import source media files to the Mac Apple TV 3 Converter.
The best Apple TV 3 DD 5.1 Converter for Mac offers multiple presets for Apple TV 1, Apple TV 2, and Apple TV 3. To stream blu ray to Apple TV 3 with 5.1 sound, you should select “Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)” as target format, so as to expect a great 1080p and 5.1 surround sound performance. To stream DVD to Apple TV 3, Apple TV 2 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v) works best for you. You can click “settings” to change the setting from the new default HD profile 4000 to 5000~8000 bitrate (Note: bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss).
- Choose output profile for Apple TV 3
P.S. The key setting Video Size for your new Apple TV is according to your source video exactly. If your source video is in 1080p such as Blu-ray, you can set your video size in 1920*1080 in H.264 codec; while, if your original video size is in standard, 720p in enough. For example, toplay DVD on the Apple TV 3 , 720*480 video size birate is enough due to the dvd movies’ native resolution.
Press “Convert” to start converting Blu-ray, DVD and HD videos to Apple TV 3 videos with Dobly 5.1 audio under Mac OS X.
- Start the conversion.
4. Wait till conversion completes. Then press “Open” to find the ripped movie.
Add Blu-ray/DVD rip and converted 1080p/720p HD videos to iTunes movie library for streaming to Apple TV 3
Open up iTunes and follow “File >> Add file to Library…” to sync video to iTunes. To sync, play and stream 1080p contents, iTunes 10.6 or later version is required.
For more information about how to stream HD videos to Apple TV 3 and connections for the Apple TV to pass-through AC-3 5.1 audio, please check Setting up Apple TV for Dolby Digital 5.1 pass-through.
Other You May Concern
No. iTunes does not play video contents with AC3 audio, but the Apple TV pass-through presets create video with both AC3 and AAC, so iTunes will find and play the AAC track instead.
- Does the Blu-ray rip play silence or gray screen in iTunes?
Yes. The preset also work with new iPad. It plays stereo by default. If you’d like to play surround sound effect, enable Airplay to have iPad stream the video to Apple TV 3, which pass-through AC3 audio to receiver.
- Does the Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through 1920×1080 (*.m4v) preset work with iPad?