How To Rip A DVD Or Blu-Ray To Apple TV (Apple TV 2.0 included)?
Apple TV (Apple TV 2.0 included) is an efficient way to enjoy video, TV-shows, music or photos from iTunes Store, blockbuster, Netflix, YouTube, Flickr etc on an enhanced-definition or high-definition widescreen television. However, if you have a ton of DVDs or Blu-rays and are tired of watch online content on Apple TV, here I will tell you a way to get DVD’s (Blu-rays included) to Apple TV hard drive so that you can play DVD on Apple TV locally. In addition, if your Apple TV is the 2nd generation, you also can store the ripped DVD movies to network hard drive and connect to Apple TV 2.0 wireless with iTunes on your PC.
Firstly you need to rip movies off discs to computer hard drive with some DVD Ripping software. BTW, you must ensure that you have the rights to copy the DVD for your own personal use. It is not legal to copy DVD's for any and all purposes.
Next, if you want to play the .VOB files in the VIDEO_TS folder directly on your Apple TV, you will need to install a DVD Player App or VLC player onto your Apple TV. This has the advantage of view the raw DVD movies on Apple TV. But installing the App requires rather drastic user intervention, and it is unknown if Apple can put its DVD Player app on the unit, due to licensing terms or cost. In addition, it will eat up your Apple TV 1.0 hard drive space quickly. So few Apple TV users use this method to play DVD on Apple TV.
Another solution is to compress and convert DVD’s to H.264 files with AAC 5.1 audio that supported by Apple TV. I think this is the most ideal way to watch DVD movies on Apple TV for most Apple TV users, because there are a lot of programs available for rip/convert DVD to H.264 video on the internet, and they are very easy to use. Here I recommend a professional DVD to Apple TV converter called Aiseesoft Blu-ray ripper. It can rip any DVD (Blu-ray included) to different media format preserving the original video and audio quality, and this program has already preseted the optimized profile for Apple TV so you can select a specific output without questioning screen dimensions. Check out our Aiseesoft Blu ray ripper review, or
Instruction to rip DVD or Blu ray to Apple TV (Apple TV 2.0) with Aiseesoft Blu ray ripper
Step 1. Install Aiseesoft Blu ray ripper, run it and load source files to it.
Insert the target movie DVD into computer DVD drive. For Blu-Rays, you need an external BD drive. Then run Aiseesoft Blu ray ripper, click "Load Blu-ray" or "Load DVD" button to load source files to it.
Step 2. Select output format for Apple TV.
Open the pull-down box of the “profile”, and you will see three optimized output format options which ensure the best output quality for Apple TV, just select one of them according your needs.
Step 3. Choose a destination folder.
To select a destination folder to save the ripped DVD or Blu-ray files, click the "Browse" button, navigate to the folder in the window and click "OK."
Step 4. Start the ripping or conversion.
Hit "Convert" to run! After patient waiting, the conversion from DVD/Blu-ray to Apple TV will be completed. Click “Open” button to find the H.264 files in the destination folder and transfer the final files into iTunes, now you can view the DVD/Blu-ray movies with Apple TV. Done !
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