This article shows you the easiest way to rip and convert DVD to Apple TV compatible format so that you can stream/AirPlay/mirror DVD movies to Apple TV for watching on your HDTV with ease.
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 and will be explained later. 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, which is annoying but also can be taken as an inflection point to find yourself an applicable DVD software, for watching DVDs on not only Apple TV, but also iPhone, iPad, Android mobiles, etc.
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There are many programs out there allow you to rip DVD to Apple TV for watching on HDTV. At this point, I recommend EaseFab DVD Ripper, for its abundant 350+ preloaded profiles, incl. Apple TV 4/3/2, iPhone 6S/6/5S, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, etc and powerful DVD copy protection removing ability. The program can help you rip DVD to Apple TV compatible video formats while keeping Dobly Digital 5.1 audio with fast encoding speed and high output quality. If you’re a Mac user, simply turn to the Mac version here, which has the same function as the Windows verison.
Just download, install and launch this great DVD to Apple TV Converter and then follow the tutorial to play DVD files through Apple TV 4/3/2 smoothly.
Guide: How to Rip DVD to Apple TV 4/3/2
Step 1. Add DVD files
Launch the best DVD to Apple TV Converter on your PC and click “Load DVD” to select the DVD files from your DVD disc, DVD folder, ISO image file or IFO file to rip. Then loaded files will be displayed on the left source pane with titles listed. You can then select the chapters you want by clicking the checkbox.
Tips: Since regular DVD movies usually have several subtitles like English, French, German, etc. You can click Subtitle to choose the one you need or select No Subtitle. For the audio tracks, simply click Audio Track and select the one you want.
Step 2. Choose Apple TV as the output format
Next, select a proper output video format. Luckily, this program provides the video profile for Apple TV so you don’t need to be bothered by what format to set as the output file format. Click “Profile” box and move mouse cursor to “Apple” category, then choose “Apple TV” as the output format. For a higher quality, simply turn to “Apple TV HD”.
Tweak your setting: If you want to change the sample rate, resolution, bitrates, etc to better cater for your playing needs, you can click “Settings” option to access the setting window. For example, to play DVD on the Apple TV, 1280*720 video size with 4000~6000kbps birate is enough due to the dvd movies’ native resolution. In order to stream DVD movies to Apple TV with AC3 5.1 audio, just set the Channels as “5.1 Channels”.
Step 3. Start to convert DVD files for Apple TV
Finally, click the Convert button to rip video from DVD for viewing on Apple TV. In a few minutes, you will get the converted movies.
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. Despite the fact it has HDMI 1.4 UHD video output on the back, Apple TV 4 does not allow 4K video streaming or AirPlay. For AirPlay DVD/4K video to Apple TV 4 on both Mac and Windows, give 5KPlayer a shot.
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.
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. 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.