Watch Blu-ray via ATV 4/3/2 with surround sound

For movie lovers, there is nothing eye catching as enjoying a high definition Blu-ray movie on Apple TV with family and friends in the comfort of your home. However, you will fail to stream Blu-ray to Apple TV 4/3/2/1 for enjoyment on the big screen directly. That's because ATV has no Blu-ray playing capability. This article aims to gives you some tricks for getting Blu-ray movie to Apple TV (4) for playing correctly with keeping 5.1/7.1 surround sound.


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To successfully play Blu-ray on Apple TV with surround sound kept, you can consider Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac - the world's 1st Blu-ray ripper to conquer all the Blu-rays (commerial or non-commerial), fast rip Blu-ray to Apple TV with easy operation, high output quality, and AC3 encoded Dolby Digital 5.1 pass-through or Dolby TrueHD 7.1 preserved.

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Part 1: Remove Protection and Rip Blu-ry to Apple TV for watching

Part 2: Guides on how to rip Blu-ray to Apple TV for smooth playback

Part 3: Tips for showing best video formats supported by Apple TV

Part 1: Remove Protection and Rip Blu-ry to Apple TV for watching

Apple TV is a tiny digital media player which allows you to enjoy a whole world of movies, TV shows, sports, music, and more. So far, the latest version of Apple TV is the forth generation, in up to 1080p HD. You can succeed on Apple TV with the movie you purchased from Apple Store, but can't play a Blu-ray Apple TV (Apple TV 4/3/2 included), as the protected made by Blu-ray publisher or distributor is designed to protect Blu-ray movies from being streamed, mirrored or transferred to anything that the Blu-ray owners don't authorize.

Therefore, here we are highlighting a Blu-ray ripping program that's handy for backing up your purchased Blu-ray collection and freeing up your movies so that can rip to Apple TV friendly formats and enjoy on a TV in the best possible quality. It's pretty simple to use and straightforward, and available on both Mac/PC. Working as a Swiss army knife in Blu-ray ripping field, Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac removes the copy protection from your Blu-ray and rip Blu-ray to Apple TV compatible video formats while keeping Dobly Digital 5.1 audio/Dolby TrueHD 7.1 with fast encoding speed and high output quality.

As a versatile Blu-ray Ripper, it offers a wealth of tweaking options to get the best possible file as a result, and even has pre-configured profiles built in that make things easier for you to rip Blu-rays in the right format for a variety of portable media devices like Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, iPod, PS3, Xbox 360 and many other popular video/audio format like WMV, AVI, FLV, 3GP, MKV, AIFF, AAC, and more. Plus, the app provides additional features including video enhancement and media sharing capabilities. If you're on a PC and want to get Blu-ray to play on Apple TV, please refer to Blu-ray Ripper for Windows to handle the task. Now download the right version and follow the tips below to complete to get the Blu-ray into the format you want for Apple TV to playback on TV — the fast and easy way even for a first time Blu-ray ripping with a basic knowledge of computer..

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Part 2: Guides on how to rip Blu-ray to Apple TV for smooth playback

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Step 1: Import Blu-ray movie

Launch the Blu-ray to ATV ripper from Dimo, and click "Add Blu-ray" button like a disc to add Blu-ray movie. You can choose the desired language subtitle or audio track for output.

Step 2: Select an output format for Apple TV and set the output folder

Click on the dropdown menu of "Select Format" and then move your pointer to "Device > Apple TV", you can choose Apple TV 4/3/2 which is the compatible format for all Apple TV models.

Apple TV video settings

Step 3: Click "Settings" icon to adjust audio and video parameters.

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. If you wanna edit Blu-ray movie, you can click the "Edit" icon to edit, like cropping, trimming, adding watermark/effect, deinterlacing, creating 3D, rotating and more. Then you can set the output folder by clicking "..." icon as you need.

Here are the Optimal settings for Apple TV

Video Size: 1280*720
Video Bitrate: 4000kbps at highest quality
Video Frame rate: 24fps or 30fps
Audio codec: AAC
Audio Sampling rate: 48000hz
Audio Bitrate: 160kbps
Audio Channels: 5.1Channels

Note: By choosing this format, you will get two sound tracks in the result MP4 video, one is stereo, and the other is AAC/AC3 encoded Dolby Digital 5.1 pass-through. When your Apple TV is connected to audio receiver, the 5.1 surround sound will work. When ATV is connected to your HDTV only, the stereo track will work. If you need to keep original 7.1 surround sound, you have to choose "Multi-track MP4" in step 2. And HDMI 1.3 specification or later is needed for DTS HD 7.1 passthrough.

Step 4: Start converting Blu-ray to Apple TV format

Click the "Start" icon, the Blu-ray to Apple TV 4 conversion will start immediately. This will take awhile, depends on the encoding settings, hardware of your Mac computer and the length of the Blu-ray file. When the conversion finished, you can get the output files for your Apple TV via clicking on "Open" button effortlessly.

Step 5. Transfer ripped Blu-ray movies to Apple TV and watch videos via Apple TV

1. Using iTunes

  • Launch iTunes and click files, then select add files to library option to add the converted clips to your iTunes library.
  • After that, drag the converted file from iTunes library to Apple TV that is available in the device source list. Then you will be able to watch your favorite Blu-ray movie on Apple TV with a lot of ease.

2. Via AirPlay

  • Open iTunes and add the ripped Blu-ray video to iTunes by File -> Add file to library
  • Connect your Mac and Apple TV to the same Wi-Fi.
  • Click AirPlay icon (besides volume slider) and select Apple TV to enable the Blu-ray to Apple TV streaming.
  • And then you can watch Blu-ray on Apple TV 4/3/2 without any hassle.

Note: AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 and superior, OS X Mountain Lion and later.

3. With Mirroring option

  • Play Blu-ray on Mac using an external Blu-ray drive (if needed) and 3rd-party Blu-ray player like 8K Player for Mac or VLC.
  • Open "Settings" on Apple TV to turn on AirPlay. Connect Mac and Apple TV to the same Wi-Fi.
  • Check "AirPlay Display" settings in system preference on Mac. Make sure it is enabled.
  • Click AirPlay button and select Apple TV.
  • Tap the AirPlay button again and choose "Mirror Built-in Display". Then you will be able to watch Blu-ray videos on Apple TV/4.

Note: AirPlay and Mirror of course are impressive video streaming technologies for downloaded and locally stored movie files. Due to copyright issues, making Blu-ray rip to Apple TV a necessary step. Happy enjoying!

Disclaimer: DimoSoft does not advocate ripping copy-protected Blu-rays for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the Blu-ray copyright laws in your countries before doing so.

Part 3: Tips for showing best video formats supported by Apple TV

H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High or Main Profile level 4.0 or lower, Baseline Profile level 3.0 or lower 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

Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

To watch Blu-ray on the living room without paying a Blu-ray Player, you need to strictly follow MPEG-4 / H.264 AVC video codec as well as AAC audio.

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