Apple TV is a tiny entertainment powerhouse that plays the content you love from iTunes, Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, and your favorite sports leagues on your widescreen TV. In up to 1080p HD.
Just plug it in and discover a whole world of movies, TV shows, photos, music, and more. To play 1080p HD files, the new Apple TV 3 gives you access to the best content- blockbuster movies, TV
shows, sports, your music and photos, and more — right on your widescreen TV. You can even play content from your iOS devices on your TV using AirPlay.
You can play 1080p movies via Apple TV 3, but you can't directly get AC3 5.1 surround sound. As far as I know, many users want to rip Blu-ray to ATV3 with AC3 5.1 surround sound (or Dolby Digital Pass-through). Then is thre a professional Blu-ray Ripper for us to convert Blu-ray discs, Blu-ray ISO files with AC3 5.1? Yes, there is. Brorsoft 1080p Blu-ray to Apple TV 3 Converter (Blu-ray Ripper for Mac ) can do it.
Guide: How to get AC3 5.1 surround sound to play Blu-ray movies via new ATV 3.
Step 1: Run the Ripper and import Blu-ray movie, ISO, IFO from drive to the tool, you also can load DVDs, DVD IFO/ISO to it. If necessary, you can double click the each file to have a preview.
Step 2. Click on Format > Apple TV. From the drop down menu, select the proper output format. Here, Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v) is recommended. The profile is specially designed for Apple TV 3 which supplies 1080p Full-HD quality with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound.
Tip: If you wanna edit Blu-ray movie, you can click the “Edit” icon to edit, like cropping, trimming, adding watermark effect, deinterlacing, merging, rotating and more.
Step 3: Click the “Settings” icon and you will go into a new interface named “Profile Settings”. You can adjust codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the interface according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.
Optimal settings for Apple TV:
Video Size: 1920*1080,
Video Bitrate: 4000kbps at highest quality,
Video Frame rate: 24fps or 30fps
Audio codec: ac3,
Audio Sampling rate: 48000hz,
Audio Bitrate: 160kbps,
Audio Channels: 5.1Channels.
Step 4: Click the “Convert” icon, the Blu-ray to Apple TV on Mac OS X Lion conversion will start immediately. You can follow the converting process in the “Conversion” interface.
After the conversion, you can get the output files for your device via clicking on “Open” button effortlessly. Now you can play Blu-ray movies on Apple TV 3 with 5.1 sound via iTunes.
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