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XviD working on AppleTV with some minor hacks!

 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:06 pm    Post subject: XviD working on AppleTV with some minor hacks! Reply with quote

Looks like someone figured out how to add XviD support to the AppleTV (warning, linked site is a forum known for some crassness).

They're using the Perian codec, and a QuickTime reference movie. It also sounds like DivX, and other Perian supported formats will work too.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There have been other very simple methods of running XviD without hacking TV. I've got to run, but Google before you hack Smile

There's a thread on Macdailynews where a guy explains his simple method.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't see the thread on Macdailynews, can you link it for me?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't see the thread either.

I can't wait to get mine and start hacking around with it! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I didn't see the thread either.

The only thing I saw on MacDailyNews was an excerpt from the same forum I linked directly to.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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devo wrote:
I didn't see the thread either.

The only thing I saw on MacDailyNews was an excerpt from the same forum I linked directly to.


I'm all for an easier way. To be honest, I'm not that familiar with Dropbear. I could probably tweak it out though. Have you ever messed around with it before?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never touched dropbear, but I can fake my way through most stuff Smile

Though not having an AppleTV, nor getting one in the foreseeable future (Wii first, AppleTV later), this is just me viewing from the sidelines for now.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's what I read:

"All you need is quicktime pro, then just download the divx plug in for apple. Open your avi file in quicktime, then just select export and there will be a selection to export to apple tv. Did it yesterday and was watching ghost rider on my projector with apple tv."
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

While that's certainly a valid way to do things, it's not playing the XviD/DivX file directly on the device, it's playing an MPEG4. By re-encoding, the video is suffering a quality loss, plus it can take a lot of time.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got you. Is there a significant loss in quality?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I got you. Is there a significant loss in quality?

There's no definite answer to that. It depends on the quality of your source, the quality of the QuickTime encoder, the settings, the quality of the TV you're displaying it on, and finally, the quality that the AppleTV can produce.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ClunkClunk wrote:
Though not having an AppleTV, nor getting one in the foreseeable future (Wii first, AppleTV later), this is just me viewing from the sidelines for now.


I hear ya. I think there are a lot of people sitting on the sidelines when it comes to the Apple TV. I'll probably reorder one soon, but I would still like to hear a little more info about the SlingCatcher.
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