How to convert MOV to Apple TV format

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"I'm not sure whether this question has been posted before but here's the scenario. As usual I sync whatever movies, photos, podcast to my Apple TV. Somehow I did one compilation of clips in mov, one of them can sync but the other says "that format is unrecognized on Apple TV". Any solutions for this?"

Why .mov is unrecognized on Apple TV?

Generally speaking, if your .mov video parameters is unable to satisfy the requirements of Apple TV, then the error message would be displayed. Here are the parameters you should know about Apple TV.

Video Formats Tech Specs:

-  H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.

-  MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.

Audio Formats Tech Specs:

-  HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through.

So, you should convert your raw MOV video to M4V, MP4 or MOV formats with H.264 or MPEG-4 codes, then Apple TV can recognized it.

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Tutorial to convert MOV to Apple TV video Format

What do you need?

Convert .mov to .mp4 for Apple TV

Mac M4V Converter is professional software to convert iTunes videos, not only can remove DRM copy-protected from iTunes videos, also can convert .mov video to Apple TV (.mp4) as well with the best quality and super fast speed.

1.  Download Mac M4V Converter; then launch it;

2.  Load MOV video into program;

3.  Choose "Apple TV" from output format;

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4.  Click "Convert" button to convert mov to "Apple iPad video" on Mac OS.

Then you will get the Apple TV video format with above steps.


How to purchase or rent movies from iTunes for Apple TV, you can refer to my article of "How to purchase ore rent movies in iTunes 10.5?"

How to sync and stream videos to Apple TV?

When getting Apple TV video format, do you know how to transfer it to your Apple TV and watching on your TV at home or sharing with other family and friends? This article will answer you exactly. See more info "How to sync or stream videos to Apple TV"



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Comment on this post

igrowingboy 02/23/2012 08:21

The following will describe a step by step guide on how to convert MOV to

iPad supported MPEG-4 format so as to successfully transfer MOV to iPad

for Play MOV on iPad or iPad 2.