Fix Apple TV 3 Error While Opening MP4 File?

Why can’t I add my MP4 movies to Apple TV 3 for watching? Is that true MP4 can be the suitable video formats for Apple TV 3? What did this situation happen? No worries any more, in the following article, you’ll get more details on how to easily play MP4 files on Apple TV 3 without issues.

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Why MP4 cannot be accepted well by Apple TV 3?

Different MP4 files may have different properities, such as audio & video codec, resolution, framerate, bitrate, etc. Apple TV can just support MP4 files with specific properity. Apple TV only play MP4 files encoded with H.264 or MPEG-4 video codec as well as AAC audio codec. If the MP4 is encoded with MPEG-4 AAC or H.264 AAC, we can successfully stream MP4 to Apple TV for easy playback MP4 on widescreen TV. If the MP4 file is with the right video codec but wrong audio codec like MPEG-4/H.264 AC3 or other audio codec, we will only play MP4 with no sound on Apple TV. (What’s the playable file format for Apple TV?)

Notes: Other causes may also happen there:

  1. Apple TV can’t play 5.1 audio.
  2. Frame Rate is too high.
  3. MP4 videos are downloaded directly from video sharing websites, such as YouTube.

How to solve MP4 cannot be watchable on Apple TV 3?

In order to solve Apple TV won’t play MP4 files issue, a recommended solution is to convert Apple TV unsupported MP4 to Apple TV more compatible MP4. With so many MP4 video converters on the market, which one we can choose as the best one? After comparing with others, we suggest the Pavtube Video Converter for Mac for you guys, which could be a professional video converting program for all common videos, MP4 is surely included. Furthermore, this powerful MP4 Apple TV Converter is also equipped with advanced editing function like add subtitles, effect, text or picture watermark to MP4 files, rotate MP4, crop MP4 black bars, trim or merge MP4 files, increase video audio volume, compress output file size and etc.

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Simple steps on converting MP4 to be suitable for Apple TV 3:

Free download the professional MP4 to Apple TV Converter. Open the main interface and click “Add File” button to import the MP4 movie files that Apple TV won’t play.

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Click the drop-down button to the right side of the “Profile” to select. There we suggest you to choose the “HD Video -> H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)” as the best nice one for Apple TV 3.

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Optional function: As we mentioned above, in this program, we can customize our output videos so nicely.

  1. Click the “Effect” button to open the Video Edit window to achieve editing MP4 like trim, crop, image, watermark, effect, subtitles and rotate and etc in the corresponding editing pane.
  2. Click the “Setting…” button to open the Advanced Settings window to adjust the output video codec, resolution, bitrates, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio codec, channel, volume and etc in the advanced tab.

After the preparation work, just go back to the main interface and hit the “Convert” icon, we can easily get the suitable video for Apple TV 3. Just try it and you’ll find Pavtube is the ideal friend you can choose.

Setup for Apple TV to play/stream movies from your computer

Now you are ready to stream the hottest HD movies and TV shows from iTunes Store and Netflix with the black Apple TV.

If you’re more into streaming music or videos from computer to Apple TV, you can enable home sharing feature. Home Sharing allows you to stream content from your iTunes library to the Apple TV to be displayed on your HDTV. To use home sharing, you need to have iTunes installed on your computer and set up on your main home computer and on Apple TV. Note that Apple TV 2 works with iTunes 10.2 later and Apple TV 3 iTunes 10.6 and later on versions. (See also at here)

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