Make 4K H.265 playable on the new Apple TV

4K is an up-and-coming video resolution that promise superb image quality. Do you want to enjoy 4K H.265 movie recorded with your 4K camcorder on your Apple TV 4? Apple TV 4 has been redesigned to be small in size but big on entertainment. Watch Netflix titles instantly. Rent TV shows, commercial free in HD. And stream photos and music from your computer to your widescreen TV.

From Apple, the new Apple TV will be 4K capable, but not 4K enabled. This distinction is critical to understanding what’s really happening with Apple and television. In addition, H.265(HEVC) as a new video codec is not yetsupported by Apple TV 4. Even though, you may install VLC for Apple TV which is designed to play various kinds of video files including 4K H.265 videos on iPhone, iPod, iPad, format limit still exists there, let alone it can’t fully support 4K videos, so it’s not a possible solution for all the 4K videos.

To get Apple TV 4 to play 4K H.265 properly, the most convenient approach is to encode/re-encode the 4K H.265 file into Apple TV supported formats, like H.264/MPEG-4 video up to 1080p. A suggestion here is to use Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac (Read review) to convert all 4K H.265 files to ATV 4 (the new Apple TV) with ease.

Developed with the most advanced converting technology, this professional 4K video converter truly and fully supports input and output videos at 4K resolution. With it, you can freely enjoy your 4K H.265 MOV/MP4/XAVC/MXF videos/movies, 4K YouTube clips, wherever you like, such as playing 4K video (in any format) on Apple TV 4, a popular video player app, or Ultra HDTV and even on mobile devices like iPhone 6SiPad Pro. And with the built-in video editor, you can personalize and retouch your videos in clicks. In all, with this best 4K video converter, it becomes easy to transcode 4K video to native codec for playing. 

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Encode/Compress 4K videos for Apple TV 4 easier playback

1. Add 4K H.265 files to the converter

Install and launch the 4K H.265 to Apple TV 4 Converter on your Mac, and then click “Add video” button to browse to 4K H.265 footage or directly drag the 4K H.265 video to the program.

2. Choose Apple TV 4/the new Apple TV format

Click “Format” bar and turn to the Apple TV category. The program has a number of presets for Apple TV, Apple TV 2, and Apple TV 3rd Generation, to export a Apple TV 4/3 1080p video with ac3 5.1 pass-through for AV receiver decoding, “Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)” preset is recommended.

Choose output file format for Apple TV 4

Note: By choosing this format, you will get two sound tracks in the result M4V video, one is stereo, and the other is AC3 encoded Dolby Digital 5.1 pass-through. When your Apple TV 4 is connected to audio receiver, the 5.1 surround sound will work. When ATV4 is connected to your HDTV only, the stereo track will work.

3. Compress 4K videos 

Click “Settings” button; you can adjust video and audio settings, including codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel. To downsacle 4K to 1080p, do remember adjusting video size to 1920*1080. If you want to downsize 4k to 2k, you are advised to set video size as 2048×1080.

4. Start conversion

After everything is OK, simply click the big “Start conversion” button to start converting H.265 videos for Apple TV 3. Once the conversion finished, you can easily transfer the converted H.265 files to Apple TV 3 for playing anytime you want.

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