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How to play MP4 on Apple TV 3?

August 31 2015 , Written by Bonnie

Description: Can’t play MP4 on Apple TV 3? Here is an easy way to slove it. 

With the development of digital television, Apple TV 3 is increasingly popular with people. Because Apple TV 3 supports 1080 HD video, has better visual effect, etc. As we know, MP4 is the most easy-to-play video format. So people like adding MP4 videos to play them on Apple TV 3 to enjoy better digital life. But sometimes MP4 videos does not be played on Apple TV 3 successfully.

Why can’t play MP4 on Apple TV 3?

According to Apple official website, Apple TV does support MP4 files. Apple TV only supports MP4 files encoded with H.264 or MPEG-4 video codec as well as AAC audio codec. The following is detail Apple TV 3 supported formats: 

Video formats supported

  • 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

Audio formats supported

HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through

Photo formats supported


If the MP4 is encoded with other video codecs, Apple TV 3 will still fail to import MP4. In addition, there are other light reasons such as: frame Rate is too high, iTunes does not support AC-3 MP4. In a word, we need find a easy solution to play MP4 videos on Apple TV 3. 

In order to solve Apple TV 3 can't play mp4 video problem, we can encode Apple TV 3 unsupported MP4 to Apple TV 3 supported formats: M4V, MOV, MP4. Luckily, Pavtube Video Converter for Mac is available, which enables you to encode MP4 to Apple TV 3 suppoted formats and preserve 100% of the original image and audio quality, making it meet specific limitations of Apple TV 3. And the multi-threaded conversion ensures efficient and stable conversion of multiple files (video, audio files) at the same time. Besides, this video converter also lets you convert between common video and audio formats, like H.264 to H.265, MOV to WMV, WebM to MP4, AVI to MOV and M4A to MP3, AC3 to FLAC. It also lets you convert HD videos, DVD, Blu-ray to play on iPhone 6, iPad 2, iPad mini 3, and a rainbow of other devices like Samsung Galaxy S6, Note 5, Surface Hub, Xbox One, PS4, Roku 3, etc.

Simply download, and install the MP4 to Apple TV 3 converter software on your Mac:


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How to transcode MP4 to Apple TV 3 for playling?

Step. 1 Add MP4 files to the program

Click the "File" to import MP4 files to the program. Or directly drag MP4 to the programe. If you want to convert in batch, this powerful converter also supports you to convert several MP4 files at th same time.

Step. 2 Set Apple TV 3 supported format

Click “Format” button in lower left corner of the programe, and choose an output format for Apple TV 3. “Apple TV” option is a good choice, then you can choose “Apple TV 3 1080P Dolby Digital Pass-through(*.mp4)”. Or you can also choose MP4, MOV, M4V from “Common video”. 

In addition, you can click on ""Settings" to adjust the settings as follows: Video(codec: H.264; Resolution: 1920*1080; Frame Rate: 24 fps; Bit rate: higher value ); Audio(Codec: AAC; Channel: 2 Channels stereo; Sample Rate 44100Hz; Bit Rate: higher value). These special features can give you a lot of convenience.

Step 3.Start conversion

Click the convert button to start the MP4 to Apple TV 3 supported formats conversion, it will be finished with 6x fast speed and great output quality.

After encoding, how to import videos into iTunes? Read the following steps.

Step 1. Navigate to the movie you want imported to iTunes for use with Apple TV 3 from its storage location on your computer.

Step 2. Verify that the format of your movie is compatible for use with Apple TV 3. Video files in formats of .m4v, .mp4, and .mov are compatible with Apple TV 3; however, videos with the formats of .avi and .wmv will not work with Apple TV 3.

Step 3. Open the iTunes application on your computer.

Step 4. Click and drag your movie file from its storage location, then drop the file into iTunes. You can now access the movie from the "Movies" folder of your iTunes library, and sync it with Apple TV.

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