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Old Oct 4th, 2010, 06:02 PM   #1
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Adding Movies to iTunes/Apple TV

So i've got a bunch of movies on my computer that I would love to watch on my Apple TV. What is the easiest method for this? iSquint? Handbrake? If I understand correctly I need to convert the files so they are recognized by iTunes and thus will show up as "movies" on my Apple TV.

Also - tiny side note. My MacBook Pro and LCD/Apple TV are on the same wall. When I use the Apple remote, it launches Front Row on my MacBook Pro. Can I disable this?

EDIT: I suppose I could just disable the IR receiver in the Security portion of System Preferences to help with my remote issue?
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Old Oct 4th, 2010, 06:44 PM   #2
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Handbrake works well. I use ReduxEncoder myself most of the time unless I'm ripping from an optical disk.

Yes disable the IR port on the Macbook
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I found ReduxEncoder to be very flaky. Handbrake is a far better choice for me.
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HandBrake seems to be the consensus online. Now this may sound like a silly question, but how do I get these movies to appear in iTunes, as I assume this wont happen automatically. Do I simply physically move the file into the appropriate folder?
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I use visualhub, sadly it's no longer available. As a backup I also use Handbrake. Works really well. Once the movie is encoded, simply drag and drop it into iTunes.
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Old Oct 4th, 2010, 09:15 PM   #6
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Until I purchased my AppleTV I had not yet needed to re-encode anything so I wasn't familiar with the process. I should have known it was as easy as "drag and drop"!
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Old Oct 4th, 2010, 10:11 PM   #7
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The successor to VisualHub and iSquint is a program called VideoMonkey:

Video Monkey

I've found it to be pretty decent.
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Old Oct 4th, 2010, 10:41 PM   #8
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The successor to VisualHub and iSquint is a program called VideoMonkey:

Video Monkey

I've found it to be pretty decent.
I'll have to give it a try. Lately vie been loving visualhub, queue up a season worth of shows, let it go, it even puts a copy into iTunes for you, which then syncs up with ATV. By morning I have the entire season on my ATV. Love it!
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Old Oct 6th, 2010, 09:22 PM   #9
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The problem I found is that you first have to "rip" the movie before you can queue up anything for Handbrake. For years I used MactheRipper first, then Handbrake to encode to AppleTV format, then drag the final outcome into iTunes. While it worked good for the most part, it's time consuming as you have to wait until one step is over before going on to the next.

Now I use RipIt ($20) - and all I do now is insert the DVD, launch RipIt, press "Compress" and it does everything else. The only thing I ad manually is the metadata (show info, DVD cover etc). I know there are programs to do this too, but I can never seem to get them to work flawlessly (and they corrupt files to boot). But RipIt is awesome, and even uses Handbrake within itself to encode.
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Old Oct 6th, 2010, 09:26 PM   #10
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Whoops, I'm now reading you already have your Movies on your computer (no ripping required). Even still, for anyone else reading this, RipIt can encode by itself too. But using Handbrake instead is probably easier in this case (as someone already mentioned) you can set up a long queue and have it encode overnight while you sleep... very nice feature
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