Download and watch movies
The ATVFiles plugin allows you to browse the entire ATV filesystem and play media.
There are many ways to install ATVFiles.
The simplest way to install it on an SSH-enabled AppleTV ist to
- Get the package from http://ericiii.net/sa/appletv/
- Copy the extracted
ATVFiles.frappliancefolder to the AppleTV in
- Restart the Finder (or the AppleTV entirely)
kill `ps ax | grep Finder.app | grep -v grep | sed -e 's/[[:blank:]]*//' | sed -e 's/[[:blank:]].*//'`
After installation, you will have the new item
Files in the Front Row main menu.
The browsing starts in
/Users/frontrow/Movies, so this is where you want to mount or download your video files.
From the menu
Files -> Places you can however browse the whole filesystem.
In order to easily browse the
Music folder, add a link to it in the
cd ~/Movies/ ln -s ../Music Music
Encoding audio files
With ATVFiles, the AppleTV system natively reads audio content fom:
- M4A (MPEG-4 Audio)
- M4B (Bookmarkable AAC)
- MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3)
It doesn't read AAC, AIFF, AU, CAF, FLAC, MOV, MP4, SD2 and WAV audio files.
Part of these formats can be read with the help of Perian, the swiss army knife for QuickTime.
Encoding video files
- the tab iTunes
- Optimize for AppleTV
- H.264 encoding
- frame size: 1280 x 720
- deinterlace movies recorded on your TV
DVDs can be encoded with the help of HandBrake. HandBrake can include chapter markers which allow to skip from one to the another on the AppleTV using the remote control. To do so, one has to create
Downloading media files
On an SSH-enabled AppleTV, the movies can be downloaded via
scp or Fugu.
An alternative is to mount a Samba share in the
Movies folder (or one of its subfolders).
The ATVFiles preferences can be modified using the
defaults command in the Terminal.