Relationship of AppleTV to Mac and to iOS device(s)
  • These are instructions for using an AppleTV to bring music and video on your Mac to your home theater.
  • The content you play on the AppleTV can be commercially produced music, movies, and tv shows as well as any home audio and video you can get on your Mac.
  • These instructions assume you have the following:
    1. A Mac (optionally with a DVD drive). Your Mac acts as a source of audio and video content.
    2. An Apple ID. This is needed to enable Home sharing, which allows your AppleTV and Mac to connect. Get an Apple ID.
    3. An AppleTV. This device acts as a bridge between your Mac and your home theater to allow you to see it on your TV and /or hear it on your stereo.
    4. Optional An iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. Any of these devices can be used as a remote control or to access your content directly, but is not required as the AppleTV comes with its own remote control.
  • This is the simplest way to do things. More complex setups, such as multi-room audio, are an option with more equipment.

a. Install iDentify Recommended iDentify will help you label the movie and television show files you create

  1. Download iDentify.
  2. Double-click the .zip file you download to expand it.
  3. Drag the iDentify application into your Applications folder.
  4. Double-click the iDentify application.
  5. If you see a message that asks:

    “iDentify.app” is an application downloaded from the Internet. Are you sure you want to open it?

    ... choose Open.
  6. Close iDentify.

b. Install Handbrake Required Handbrake will create copies of your DVD movies to put in iTunes

  1. Download Handbrake.
  2. Open the .dmg file.
  3. Drag the Handbrake application into your Applications folder.
  4. Double-click the Handbrake application.
  5. If you see a message that asks:

    “Handbrake.app” is an application downloaded from the Internet. Are you sure you want to open it?

    ... choose Open.
  6. Choose Preferences from the Handbrake drop-down menu.
  7. In the General tab, under When Done: check the Send file to: box and click on the Browse ... button.
  8. In the window that opens, navigate to your Applications window and find your iDentify application.
  9. Click on iDentify and then click Open.
  10. Close the Preferences window and then quit Handbrake.

c. Configure iTunes Required iTunes will store and organize your movies, music, and television shows

  1. Open the iTunes application.
  2. Choose Preferences from the iTunes drop-down menu.
  3. In the General tab:
    • Give your Library Name a good name. You will see that name when using your AppleTV.
    • Where it says When you insert a CD: you may want to switch to Import CD and Eject as you add songs to your computer, to speed up importing.
    • Check Automatically retrieve CD track names from the internet.
    • Check Automatically download missing album artwork.
  4. In the Sharing tab:
    • Check Home Sharing computers and devices update play counts.
  5. Choose Turn On Home Sharing from the Advanced drop-down menu. Enter your Apple ID and Password and then click Done. (More Information)

d. Configure Your Mac Recommended Your Mac must be on with iTunes running to access your library

  1. From the Apple drop-down menu in the upper left corner of your screen choose System Preferences....
  2. From the Hardware section choose CDs & DVDs.
  3. For When you insert a video DVD choose Open other application....
  4. Find the Handbrake application and click Choose.
  5. Click Show All.
  6. From the System section choose Users & Groups.
  7. Click on Login Items.
  8. Click + and find iTunes and click Add.
  9. Close System Preferences.
  • a. Download the Remote app.
  • b. Connect your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch to your home Wi-Fi network and sign in to Home Sharing.

Audio CDs

  1. Insert the audio CD into your Mac.
  2. iTunes should do the rest. A typical CD will rip in a few minutes.
  3. When done, your music will be available on your Mac and your AppleTV, as well as your iPad, iPhone, or iPod if you sync those devices to your Mac.

DVDs

  1. Insert the DVD into your Mac.
  2. A Handbrake window will open. Point it at the DVD and click Choose.
  3. On the right choose the AppleTV 2 or AppleTV 3 preset. Note that this preset will be safe for the iPad 2 (or higher) and iPhone 4 (or higher).
  4. Click on Start.
  5. A typical DVD will take a 30-90 minutes to rip, depending on how fast your Mac is.
  6. When Handbrake is done it should send the movie file to iDentify.
  7. In iDentify:
    1. Edit the Title if it doesn't automatically update the movie information correctly.
    2. Use the IMDB code if updating the title doesn't work. The code can be found at the end of the url when you look at a particular movie. Example: tt0796366 is the code for Star Trek.
    3. If all else fails, edit information manually.
    4. Click on Done Editing.
    5. Click on Save Files.
  8. In iTunes:
    1. Choose Add to Library... from the iTunes drop-down menu.
    2. Find the .m4v file created by Handbrake and click Open.
    3. iTunes will add the file to your library.

Other Audio & Video Files

  • Open Handbrake. Point it at the the video file you want to convert and click Choose.
  • On the right choose the AppleTV 2 or AppleTV 3 preset. Note that this preset will be safe for the iPad 2 (or higher) and iPhone 4 (or higher).
  • Click on Start.
  • When Handbrake is done it should send the movie file to iDentify.
  • In iDentify:
    1. Edit information manually.
    2. Click on Done Editing.
    3. Click on Save Files.
  • In iTunes:
    1. Choose Add to Library... from the iTunes drop-down menu.
    2. Find the .m4v file created by Handbrake and click Open.
    3. iTunes will add the file to your library.

Content Purchased From iTunes Store

Any content purchased from the iTunes store online, such as movies, music, or TV shows will be available on your AppleTV if your Mac is on and iTunes is running.

  • a. Turn everything on (TV and / or stereo, Mac, and AppleTV).
  • b. On the AppleTV, go to Home Sharing to access your content.
  • a. Launch the Remote app.
  • b. Point it at your AppleTV.