Does the Apple TV play 1080i HD home video shot with the Sony HDR SR1 camera? I want to retain the 1080i or 720p video quality. Can the files be saved as MPEG4 and then converted with QuickTime to iTunes for display on Apple TV? What steps are involved and is it worth the effort?”
Apple TV is a digital media receiver developed by Apple which is a small small form factor network appliance designed to play IPTV digital content originating from the iTunes Store, Netflix, YouTube, Flickr, MobileMe, MLB.tv, NBA League Pass or any Mac OS X or Windows computer running iTunes onto an enhanced-definition or high-definition widescreen television.
Until now, Apple has released two versions of Apple TV, the first generation is released on September 12. 2006 and second generation on September 1, 2010. And last Monday, Apple released an update for the second-generation Apple TV 4.4.1.
According to Apple’s release note, the update addresses an issue that required a small number of Apple TV units to be connected to iTunes in order to complete the update. It also added access to Apple’s new iCloud-powered Photo Stream feature, which automatically uploads pictures taken with an iPhone or iPad 2 and shares them among iOS devices, with which, users can view Photo Stream pictures on their HDTV.
New features of Apple TV 4.4.1
AirPlay Mirroring: Now with video mirroring – wirelessly stream what’s on your iPad 2 screen to your HDTV.
Photo Stream: View photos recently taken on your iOS device and pushed to your Photo Stream in iCloud.
Trailers: A whole new way to browse and view hundreds of the latest theatrical trailers.
National Hockey League: Watch live games. View highlights, scores, and more.
Wall Street Journal Live: Watch up-to-date news, business commentary, and financial analysis from leading experts.
Netflix: View subtitles (when available) for your movies and TV shows
Apple TV supported video files
According to Wikipedia, Apple TV support the following video and audio formats:
Video: H.264 up to 720p at 30 frames per second; MPEG-4 up to 720 x 432 (432p) or 640 x 480 pixels at 30 frame/s; Motion JPEG up to 720p at 30 frame/s
Audio: HE-AAC (V1); AAC (16–320 kbit/s); FairPlay protected AAC; AC-3 Dolby Digital pass-through; MP3 (16–320 kbit/s, with VBR); Apple Lossless; AIFF; WAV
Play Sony camcorder video on Apple TV 4.4.1
Sony camcorders record videos in either AVCHD or MP4, which mainly in 1080p resolution, which is not the correct resolution with Apple TV 4.4.1. Therefore, if you want to play your Sony camcorder video on Apple TV 4.4.1, you need to either convert AVCHD to the correct H.264 or MPEG4 files to change the MP4 resolution to the right resolution for Apple TV 4.4.1.
Don’t worry Sony to Apple TV 4.4.1 Converter is a specially designed tool for you to convert your Sony camcorder videos to Apple TV 4.4.1 accepted H.264 or MPEG4 files with fast conversion speed and best output quality. Besides, it can also help you do some editing like clip video, crop video, tweak video resolutions to fit for Apple TV 4.4.1.
Note: If you are a Mac user, and want to play your Sony camcorder video on Apple TV 4.4.1, you can turn to Mac Sony to Apple TV 4.4.1 Converter.