Most people’s first thought upon playing DVD on Apple TV 4 is to stream/AirPlay/mirror DVD to Apple TV 4 from Mac or PC, which however has some limits. Some say use VLC media player, which should works but I have never tried it myself. Are there any other ways? Ripping DVD to Apple TV 4 seems to be the ultimate solution, to some extent. Surely, DVD can’t be played on Apple TV 4 directly(below we list the Apple TV 4 Specs on format and codecs), which is annoying but also can be taken as an inflection point. Read on and make clear the real reason.


Apple TV 4 Supported Video/Audio File Formats/Codecs

4th Apple TV supports the following video and audio file formats and codecs. Before playing a DVD on Apple TV 4, you’d better make sure that its format is included in the following Apple TV compatible file formats list. If not, a DVD ripper that can convert DVDs to Apple TV 4 playable formats is a necessity.

Apple TV 4 supported video formats:

– 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

Solution: Play DVD on Apple TV 4

As you can see, Apple TV 4 supported video file formats are very limited, DVD disc or even the decrypted DVD rips can’t be supported by Apple TV 4. Of course, most of you are not about to pay iTunes’ ridiculous prices to watch movies and TV shows you already own on DVD. Instead, you only need to rip those DVD discs to an Apple TV 4 friendly format. The best solution is to rip and convert DVD to iTunes compatible format then sync to Apple TV 4 for playback without any limit. Below is how to.

Here, Brorsoft DVD Ripper – It can help you convert DVD to iTunes compatible format then sync to ATV 4 for full HD playback without any limitation. I’ve found the quality to be excellent, and see no difference when compared to playing the discs themselves. The sound can be kept with the original Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.

With Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac, you can not only rip the DVD to Apple TV 4/3/2, but also rip dvd to iPhone 6S/6/5S, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, etc with the powerful DVD copy protection removing ability.

For ripping DVD to iTunes for ATV 4 on Windows, please turn to Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Windows.

Free Download Top DVD to ATV 4 Ripper, the trail-before-purchase quick download icon provide here, you can also click product name and turn to Brorsoft page for downloading.

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Keep in mind that you have download the right version, Windows platform .exe files can be installed on Mac OS – and vice versa.

Guide: Convert DVD for Apple TV 4

The steps to convert DVD for Apple TV 4 on Mac and Windows are the same. Just make sure you download the right version.

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Step 1. Load DVD source.

First of all, insert your DVD to DVD drive and keep networked. Now it’s time to open the best DVD to Apple TV 4 Converter and click “Load files” icon to load DVD source.

Step 2. Choose output format for Apple TV 4.

In the dropdown list of Format menu, you can find several Apple TV options for output. This DVD to ATV 4 Ripper has a number of presets for Apple TV, Apple TV 2, Apple TV 3 and Apple TV 4. “Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)” preset is highly recommended.

Tip: If you want to add the DVD movie to iTunes for play on iPhone, iPad, iPod, you can also directly select iPhone, iPad, or iPod as the output format to get videos with optimized settings for your iDevices.

Step 3. Convert DVD to Apple TV 4.

Click “Convert” button to rip DVD to iTunes recognized video for playing on Apple TV 4 generation with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through. Afterwards, transfer the DVD to iTunes and import to Apple TV 4 for watching with ease. There you have it! Now it is time to enjoy your favorite DVD movies with Apple TV 4.

AirPlay and Mirror of course are impressive video streaming technologies for downloaded and locally stored movie files. But is Mirror the best way for playing DVD on Apple TV 4? Well, it depends.

AirPlay DVD to Apple TV 4

Step 1. Open iTunes and add the ripped DVD video to iTunes by File -> Add file to library
Step 2. Connect your Mac and Apple TV 4 to the same Wi-Fi.
Step 3. Click AirPlay icon (besides volume slider) and select Apple TV to enable the DVD to Apple TV streaming.
Step 4. And then you can watch DVD on Apple TV 4/3/2.

Note: DVD video to Apple TV 4 AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 and superior, OS X Mountain Lion and later.

Mirror DVD to Apple TV 4

Step 1. Play DVD on Mac using an external DVD drive (if needed) and 3rd-party DVD player.
* DVDs played back with default Apple players cannot be mirrored
Step 2. Open “Settings” on Apple TV to turn on AirPlay. Connect Mac and Apple TV to the same Wi-Fi.
Step 3. Check “AirPlay Display” settings in system preference on Mac. Make sure it is enabled.
Step 4. Click AirPlay button and select Apple TV.
Step 5. Tap the AirPlay button again and choose “Mirror Built-in Display”. Then you will be able to watch DVD videos on Apple TV/4.

It may take you a while to realize that most DVDs cannot be played on Apple TV 4 via mirroring, due to copyright issues, making DVD rip to Apple TV 4 a necessary step.

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