I recently “obtained” some video files which had 5.1 surround sound encoded as AAC, but AppleTV does not play multichannel audio in AAC format.
While AppleTV can play back stereo or Dolby Pro Logic II in AAC format, it requires multichannel audio be encoded as AC3. None of these “acquired” MP4s have AC3 5.1 6-channel audio!
I could encode the file again, but that takes to much time. Is there a way I can just add or import AC3 multichannel audio to my existing video files?
The short answer is yes.
Apple should build a wifi router into AppleTV, so that I can take this immensely portable device with me to meetings, presentations, and lectures. There, I could plug in and directly connect with my iPad or iPhone and use AirPlay.
Apple’s new AppleTV appears to have been modded by several early adopters, who have gotten file-system access to the device (surprisingly easily), and enabled it to play XviD, AVI, FLV, DivX, 3ivX, and every other media type supported by Perian. Continue reading