Apple has just announced the Apple TV 4K, which is designed to deliver a stunning cinematic experience at home. With this new Apple TV 4K, viewers can enjoy growing selection of 4K HDR movies on iTunes or 4k HDR content from other popular video services including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, etc. Apart from stream 4K video or movies from the web, you may also wish to access your personal 4K media shot with 4K device recorders or downloaded from YouTube on it. The following article will show you how to stream and play local 4K video on Apple TV 4K.
Apple TV 4K supported 4K file formats
To play local 4K video on Apple TV 4K, you should first be clear of what 4K file formats can be played on Apple TV 4K. From Apple’s official page, we get the information that you can play the following 4K file formats on Apple TV 4K.
– H.264/HEVC SDR video up to 2160p, 60fps, Main/Main 10 Profile
– HEVC Dolby Vision (Profile 5)/HDR10 (Main 10 Profile) up to 2160p
Stream and play unsupported 4K video to Apple TV 4K
From Apple TV 4K supported 4K file formats, we can see that the 4K file formats can be directly viewed on it are limited to 4K H.264 and 4K H.265. If you try to play or streaming other unsupported 4K video such as 4K Prores, 4K MXF, 4K AVI, 4K MKV, 4K MOV, 4K WMV, 4K TS, 4K XAVC/XAVC, etc to it. Apple TV 4K will fail to recognize the 4K file formats.
Convert unsupported 4K for Apple TV 4K playing/streaming
To get any 4K video played on Apple TV 4K, you can download our powerful 4K Video Converter – Pavtube Video Converter. The program has full support for all 4K video wrapped in different container file formats such as 4K AVI/WMV/MP4/MOV/MKV/MXF/XAVC/XAVC S/TS, etc or compression codec like H.264, H.265. Thanks to its batch conversion mode, you can load multiple 4K video into the program at one time for conversion.
With the program, you can easily convert unsupported 4K video to Apple TV 4K playable 4K H.264 or 4K H.265 file formats. The program supports hard-ware encoding acceleration, you can get up to 6x faster H.264 codec encoding speed as long as you run your computer on Graphic card that supports Nvidia CUDA or AMD App technology or 30x faster H.265 codec encoding speed as long as you run your computer on Graphic card that supports Nvidia NVENC technology.
For Mac users, you can switch to download Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to perform the same conversion on macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite, Mac OS X Mavericks.
Step by Step to Convert Unsupported 4K Video to Apple TV 4K Playing and Streaming
Step 1: Load unsupported 4K video into the program.
Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import unsupported video files into the program.
Step 2: Output Apple TV 4K supported file formats.
Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select Apple TV 4K playable 4K H.264 or 4K H.265 file formats according to your own needs.
Output 4K H.264
Output 4K H.265
Tips: Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, here, you can flexibly choose or specify exactly the profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output video and audio quality.
Step 3: Enable GPU encode acceleration.
Click “Tools” > “Options”, in the opened “Options” window, click “Acceleration” menu, then check “Enable GPU Encode Acceleration” otpion so that the program will accelerate conversion speed when encoding 4K video to H.264/H.265 codec.
Step 4: Start the conversion process.
After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from unsupported 4K video to Apple TV 4K playble 4K H.264 or H.265 codec transcoding process.
When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then you will have no problem to play and stream 4K video to Apple TV 4K.