How to Convert Video_TS Files for Playing on Apple TV4/3/2?

Q: “I have all my DVDs backed up as VIDEO_TS folders because I want to keep the full DVD experience – menus, special features etc. These play fine on my Mac with the standard Apple DVD player (or VLC or countless other programs) but I’ve yet to find a way to play them on Apple TV. Anyone know of an app that will do so? THX. “

Apple TV 4/3/2 is the most popular streaming TV box that streams local videos, music, photos and online TV shows to the wide screen TV for playback with ease. It native supports Video and Audio formats as below:

Video Formats:

  • 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

Audio Formats: HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV; Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Plus 7.1

Obviously, the Video_TS file is not in the queue, which is actually a DVD folder file, mainly contains all data for the DVD movies such as: VIDEO_TS.IFO, VIDEO_TS.BUP, and VIDEO_TS.VOB. In order to play Video_TS files on Apple TV, you’d better convert Video_TS files to Apple TV 4/3/2 compatible .m4v, .mp4, and .mov formats initially.

To make this process smoothly, Brorsoft Video Convert Ultimate /( iMedia Converter for Mac ) is highly recommended to convert Video_TS files to Apple TV supported .m4v, .mp4, and .mov formats in fast speed and excellent quality. Besides, this all-in-one Video, Blu-ray/DVD converter also rips and converts Blu-ray/DVD discs, Videos, ISO/IFO files to all popular SD and HD (3D) video formats like 4K/1080P/720P H.265/H.264 MP4, MOV,  MKV, FLV, AVI, 3GP, MPEG and more.

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Guide: Convert Video_TS Files to Apple TV compatible videos for Streaming and Playing with ease

Mac Version Brorsoft Blu-ray Video converter taken as example, Windows Version share the same steps. Just keep in mind you have download the right version. Mac platform .exe files cannot be installed on Windows OS – and vice versa.

Step 1. Load Video_TS files

Install and launch the best Video_TS to Apple TV video converter, simply click “Load Files” to import your Video_TS files to the program.


Step 2. Choose the output format

Click “Format” bar and turn to the Apple TV category, then choose a proper format i.g “Apple TV H.264 1920*1080 (*m4v)” as output format.

Or you can choose others according to your device.


Tip: If the default video/parameters doesn’t meet your needs, click Settings button to adjust the video codec, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, etc to get a decent video you like.

Step 3. Start to Convert Video_TS for Apple TV

With all settings, tap Convert button to start converting Video_TS image files to Apple TV compatible M4V videos.

Once the conversion is finished, you will be able to get the output files via clicking on “Open” button effortlessly.

Now you can play the converted Video_TS files on Apple TV4/3/2 without hassle.

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