Questions: Just bought an Apple tv gen3 day before yesterday. Here are my question: I am trying to stream .avi format thru my itunes. I was able to stream .mp4( i think) on the apple tv.  How can i stream avi format?

Answer: According to Apple TV Specs, the Apple TV does not support AVI. You’ll need to convert the movies to a format that the Apple TV can support.

Apple TV Video and Audio Formats Support

H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High or Main Profile level 4.0 or lower, 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
Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through

Why Can’t Play AVI on Apple TV 3

AVI files are a common format for compressed video clips. AVI files are often containers, and can contain audio/video compressed using varying different codecs (this is similar to an .mp4 file either using MPEG4 compression or H264 compression). Most AVI files use DivX, Xvid or 3ivX compression codecs. AVI all look the same on the “outside”, but on the “inside”, they may be completely different.

How to Play 1080p Full HD AVI Videos on Apple TV 3

Since we have figured out what formats the new Apple TV 3 is compatible with, we only need to convert 1080p AVI videos to the above video formats for playback on new Apple TV 3 with iFunia Video Converter for Mac, Which can easily convert AVI, MKV, MPEG, Xvid, DivX, WMV, FLV, MOD, TOD, WebM, F4V, AVCHD, and RMVB in 720p, 1080i, 1080p or even high resolution to iTunes 10.6 and Apple TV 3 supported 1080p or 720p H.264 video format for easy play HD video on Apple TV 3.

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Step 1. Add 1080p Full HD AVI Video File

Simply drag and drop AVI video from Finder to AVI to Apple TV converter for Mac, You can import and convert several multimedia files at a time. In addition, supposing that you have the need to combine several videos for new Apple TV 3, the “Merge” option can do you a favor.

iFunia Video Converter for Mac

Step 2. Set Apple TV Supported 1080p H.264 Format

In “Destination Setup” you can use the “Output Format” drop-down menu to control the output format. Here you can find all of the Apple TV supported format in the output format drop-down list. To play 1080p HD video on the new 1080p Apple TV 3, select “Apple TV(1080p) H.264 Video (*.mp4)” .

output formats of iFunia Video Converter for Mac

Step 3. Convert 1080p AVI to Apple TV Compatible Format

If you like, you can click “Settings” to customize output video audio parameters like bit rate, frame rate, etc. And choose a destination folder for the output files by clicking the “Destination” button. After that Click “Start” and your file will be converted. Your file will be compatible with your Apple TV 3.

Step 4. Stream and Play 1080p AVI on Apple TV

After finishing converting 1080p AVI video to Apple TV supported video format, just drag and drop the converted 1080p video file to iTunes for streaming to Apple TV/Apple TV 2/Apple TV 3!

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