How to Play AVCHD Files on Apple TV 4 via Kodi on Mac El Capitan?

Stream AVCHD from NAS to Apple TV 4 via Kodi

“I have a NAS upstairs filled with 200gb of AVCHD footage from my panasonic camera. It produces mts and m2ts files. In order watch these video’s downstairs on my tv I was adviced by friends to try Kodi. I installed the app on my laptop for testing and I was pleasantly surprised about the tool. Now my plan is to buy an Apple tv 4, and install Kodi on it. The only question I have is: is the Apple tv 4 capable of playing AVCHD files smoothly on Kodi streaming from a NAS? I’m asking this because AVCHD files are pretty heavy and CPU intensive. If not, what would you advice. Thanks!”

Can Kodi on Apple TV 4 play AVCHD files?

The codec transcoding function of Kodi is quite different from Plex, which use the server’s hardware and resources to transcode the video on the fly into a format the target client device can handle. As for Kodi, a system running Kodi must have the power to run the Kodi application itself and the power to transcode any video files being played. After searching for Apple TV 4 supported file formats, we can see that AVCHD files is not included in its playback formats list, in addition, Apple TV 4 lacks the power to transcode AVCHD files itself. Therefore, you will definitely fail to play AVCHD files on Apple TV 4 via Kodi app.

Kodi on Apple TV 4

Transcode AVCHD for playing on Apple TV 4 via Kodi

To get AVCHD files to be played on Apple TV 4 via Kodi, you will need the assistance of a third-party AVCHD mts/m2ts conversion program, here, you can have a try at Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac (review)/Windows, which can comprehensively convert AVCHD mts/m2ts files from Canon/Panasonic/Sony HD camcorders to Apple TV 4 supported file formats with specific profile parameters as below:
H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High or Main Profile level 4.2 or lower
H.264 Baseline Profile level 3.0 or lower with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

Customize AVCHD files to get what your want from the video

Besides the powerful transcoding functions, the program also offer beneficial customization tool that you are looking for to get your desired video without having to employ a third-party program. If you don’t want to convert the entire AVCHD video, you can use the trimming tool to cut away unwanted footage. If there are black bars around your video frame, you can remove them off with the cropping function. You are also given the chance to merge separate video clips into single one with the right order or add video/image/transparent text watermark to video personalize or protection your video footage.

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How to Convert and Play AVCHD on new Apple TV 4 via Kodi?

Step 1: Load AVCHD files to the program.

Open up the program on your computer, import AVCHD mts/m2ts files to the program by clicking on “File” > “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from folder”.

Add AVCHD mts/m2ts files to the program

Step 2: Pick the output file format.

From “Format” drop-down options, select to output Apple TV 4 best supported format from “HD Video” > “H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)”.

Pick Apple TV 4 supported file formats

Step 3: Split/Trim/Merge AVCHD video.

Split: Click the “Split” button under file list to launch the “Video Split” window. Checking “Enable” to enable it, and then you can split the file by file count, time length, or file size.


Trim: Open “Video Editor” window and switch to the “Trim” tab, you can drag the slider bars to include the segment you want to remain, click the left square bracket to set start point, and click the right square bracket to set end point when previewing the video or directly input specific values to “Start” and “End” box.


Merge: On the main interface, check “Merge into one file” option to combine all your separate Halloween video clips into one single file.


Step 4: Start the final conversion process.

Hit right-bottom “Convert” button to begin the conversion from AVCHD to Apple TV 4 supported formats for playing through the Kodi app.

When the conversion is completed, add converted files to Kodi on Mac, then install Kodi on Apple TV 4 for playing converted AVCHD files via Kodi.

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