Playing flv mpg avi files on apple tv 2 ATV2

Playing flv mpg avi files on apple tv 2 ATV2. This blog post will show you how to play all your video files on your apple tv 2

Install Perian on your mac to enable lots of different codecs in quicktime

  • download perian from
  • install it
  • navigate to your movies
  • right click (or option click)
  • open with -> quicktime
  • file -> save as
  • save it as a movie

quicktime will now convert that movie into a .mov
with a .mov file you can now import the video into itunes.
once it is in itunes you need to select the video file and then go to

  • advanced -> create an apple tv version.

Not actually playing flv mpg avi files on apple tv 2

granted, this is a bit of a work-around, and you don’t actually play the native versions of the files on your apple tv, but once the conversion is done, you don’t have to convert the video files again.

Sources: perian

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Nathan_berg

    VideoDrive to MOV (ATV2 Ready) no sound (DTS)
    MOV are great but carry sound issues when converting from MKV

  2. Nathan_berg

    ADVANCE -> do you have any idea how long this method will take to covert 500+ movies? i have been on on MKV -> MOV ->ATV2 6 hours. Cancelled job. ATV2 Movies now $1.99. not worth the fuss!

  3. mulneri

    Guys seriously?
    10mins to convert mkv movies to mp4 with Xmedia Recode.
    Just recode audio only to aac and copy the video as mp4, no recoding required!
    Works on avi’s as well.

  4. Well

    Just google search Step by Step Guide on How to Fast Convert 1080p MKV, AVI, Xvid, Divx, MP4, FLV, WMV, and MPEG to Apple TV/Apple TV 2/Apple TV 3

    You will find a simple solution

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