User Walkaa sent us a question:

“Just purchased the first episode of Awake DVDs and trying to play it on my TV through AirPlay and all I get is a black screen, no audio either. YouTube videos work fine though. Does video format compatible have anything to do with this? If so how can I convert all videos to airplay compatible? Thanks.”

Apple’s new media-streaming technology, AirPlay, is a great way to stream music and videos, but it only works on Apple-approved destinations out of the box. In this article we’ll show you how to convert your video collection to play over AirPlay and look good doing it.

What You’ll Need

Airplay can only work with those files that can be added to iTunes including MP4, MOV, and M4V. Any format iTunes cannot support like AVI, MKV, WMV, DivX, XviD, MPEG, and FLV video format, Airplay will not steam. However, You can easily convert any media into the format of your choice. The choice being Apple’s, of course (H.264 video and AAC audio). All you need is iFunia Media Converter for Mac, a little bit of patience, and 3-minutes of your time.



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Step 1. Add Files

Drag and drop the video files to the program or you can click the “Add Files” or “Add DVD” button to import media files that Airplay cannot stream. Batch conversion is also supported by this Video Converter for Mac, so you can load several video files at one time.

iFunia Video Converter for Mac

Step 2. Output Settings

Apple’s specifications allow for both the MPEG4 and H.264 codecs, an there are several situations according to your source video and how you choose to airplay your videos. Here we’ve used this Mac Media Converter to apply these settings and convert our videos to be AirPlay-friendly:

output formats of iFunia Video Converter for Mac

To stream stand definition AVI, XVID, DIVX, WMV, etc from Mac/iMac/Mac book/PC to Apple TV/Apple TV 2/Apple TV 3 via AirPlay, select Apple TV Video (*.mp4) from “Apple TV” category in the “Output Format” drop-down.

To stream HD, AVCHD video from Mac/iMac/Mac book/PC to Apple TV or Apple TV 2 via AirPlay, select Apple TV H.264 Video (*.mp4) from “Apple TV” category in the “Output Format” drop-down.

To AirPlay 1080p video to the new Apple TV 3, select Apple TV(1080p) H.264 Video (*.mp4) from “Apple TV” category in the “Output Format” drop-down.

Step 3. Start the Video Conversion

Once you’ve got all your videos queued up, Click “Start” and you’ll soon have an AirPlay-ready video library at your disposal.

Step 4. Stream the Converted Videos Via AirPlay Enabled Apple TV

To send video or audio to an AirPlay enabled Apple TV device, just start iTunes, and then choose File -> Add File to Library to import the converted video files to iTunes or simply drag and drop the converted files to the iTunes Movie Library.

Hit on “Play Movie” button in iTunes. The movie will start playing. You’ll notice an AirPlay icon in the bottom right corner of the iTunes application show up. Click it, select “Apple TV” and your video will begin streaming from Mac/iMac/Macbook.

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4 Responses to How to Make All Your Media Files AirPlay-Compatible

  1. Matt. M says:

    I’m hoping you can use VLC player via iphone/ipad to push content onto ATV2. That alone will sell me on an ATV. Otherwise, I’m sure jailbreakers will get on it soon enough and open up other formats. All I want is avi and mkv!!

  2. chirho says:

    The only thing preventing me from converting all of my videos is the lack of a decent free way to do them all at once. Handbrake is great for doing a few files, but it’s tedious when you start talking hundreds of files. Does anyone know of a free OS X software that I can just drag and drop all of these files on, set my output settings, walk away and come back eventually to them all converted?

  3. wmperry says:

    You can use handbrake from shell scripts pretty easily. You could probably write some applescript and make it a nice droplet to play nicely with OSX, but I am a curmudgeon so I use the following shell script to convert my old AVI files over. Just save as and then run as ‘ *.avi *.mkv’ and you will end up with a transcoded/xxxx.m4v file for each of the input files.

    Note that the handbrake-cli is not included in the normal GUI download – you have to pull it down separately.

  4. thias says:

    Easy to use, transcodes everything I ever threw at it. love it

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