How to Play MKV Files on Apple TV in Mac/Win (Windows 8 included)
MKV is similar in conception to other multimedia containers like AVI, MP4 or MOV. It's more flexible in compression and usually renders in a smaller size with same quality video/audio output, especially for HD videos. Great-quality movies are increasingly seen being delivered over the internet via MKV format. However, it's a pity that many popular devices have no sight for providing support for this format, including Apple TV.
If you get a couple of HD MKV files and want to watch them on Apple TV, you have to convert them to Apple TV friendly formats first. To do this, a simple and user-friendly tool Video Converter is highly recommended. It features ultra fast speed (6X faster conversion) and 1:1 quality ratio output. Furthermore, it provides an optimized preset to fit Apple TV. Follow the guide below and complete the MKV to Apple TV conversion in Windows (Windows 8 included) quickly and easily.
Note: Two versions available: Video Converter (supports Windows 8Windows 8/7/XP/Vista) and Video Converter for Mac (supports Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8). They share the same feature. Below guide takes Windows Version screenshot.
Step 1: Add MKV files to this MKV to Apple TV converter
You can load MKV files to this program by clicking "Convert" -> "Add files" to locate your destination file or simply drag and drop your MKV videos to the main interface. If you have a couple of MKV files, load them together to save time and ease your conversion. After importing successfully, they'll show as thumbnails. You can fix the list order, assign the output file name and preview the videos on the right previewing screen.
Step 2: Choose preset Apple TV from ouput format list
Click the image icon on the right side of the main interface to open the output format list. Select preset "Apple TV" or "Apple TV HD" from "Apple devices" (the optimized presets usually work great).
Tips: if you need to play the converted files on Apple TV3, you can choose M4V from "Format">"Video" and then click on ""Settings" to adjust the settings as follows: Video(codec: H.264; Resolution: 1920*1080; Frame Rate: 24 fps; Bit rate: higher value ); Audio(Codec: AAC; Channel: 2 Channels stereo; Sample Rate 44100Hz; Bit Rate: higher value).
Step 3: Start MKV to Apple TV conversion
When you're satisfied, click the convert button to begin the MKV to TV conversion. This program is very efficient in conversion and the progress bar will show the remaining time.
Now all your MKV files can be played on Apple TV smoothly. Great Job! Download below video converter (Windows 8 supported) to experience hassle-free conversion!
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