How to Play 1080p MKV Video on New Apple TV3?

Apple TV video and audio formats support
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.

The new Apple TV 3 is equipped with more powerful features like a completely redesigned UI with iCloud integration. And 1080p video support will be the highlight of the latest version. But what disappointing is that although the new Apple TV 3 is capable of playing 1080p video, the video file is restricted to H.264 and MPEG-4 format. That is to say, only video file in formats like M4V, MP4 and MOV can be played by the new Apple TV 3. Full HD 1080p video which is in MKV, AVI, WMV, AVCHD, MPG, DivX, VOB and more formats cannot be imported to the new Apple TV 3 for playback. In what way can you transfer these HD videos to the new Apple TV? Let’s take a look at how to play 1080p MKV video on new Apple TV 3 for an example.

Since we have figured out what formats the new Apple TV 3 is compatible with, we have a clear clue that in order to put 1080p MKV videos to new Apple TV 3 we need to convert 1080p MKV videos to the above video formats for playback on new Apple TV 3. How to get it done? A video converter that can convert MKV should be considered. Leawo Video Converter will surely convert 1080p MKV videos for playback on new Apple TV 3 for you. This all-in-one video converting tool can not only achieve fast conversion but also brings with multiple useful features to output video such as video editing and 3D setting. After conversion, you only need to transfer 1080p MKV movies to new Apple TV 3 via iTunes easily.

With the help of this video converter software, you are able to freely download 1080p videos to new Apple TV 3, not limited to M4V, MP4 and MOV video formats any longer. Mac users employ Leawo null. Take a look at the detailed guide on how to put 1080p MKV videos to new Apple TV 3 below.


Full Guide

Import MKV video files

Launch the MKV video converter for new Apple TV 3. Click the "Add Video" button to load video files to it. You can double click on each file to have a preview if it is necessary. In addition, supposing that you have the need to combine several videos for new Apple TV 3, the "Merge into one file" option can do you a favor.

 Select output format

Click on the dropdown menu of "Profile" and then choose "HD Video" >"HD H.264 MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4)" which is suitable for the new Apple TV 3. You can also choose "Apple TV" dropdown list. Adjust parameters to optimize output quality in "Settings" panel if necessary.

Edit output video

Video Trimming, Cropping, Effecting and Watermarking can be realized within "Edit" panel and MKV to 3D Apple TV video can be accomplished within "3D Settings" panel.

Start MKV conversion

The big "Convert" button will get video conversion started immediately. After the short conversion, you can easy to transfer 1080p MKV movies to new Apple TV 3 through iTunes for ultimate enjoyment.

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Extended Knowledge

Apple TV is a digital media receiver developed and sold by Apple Inc. It is a small form factor network appliance designed to play digital content originating from the iTunes Store, Netflix, YouTube, Flickr, MobileMe,, NBA League Pass, NHL GameCenter or any Mac OS X or Windows computer running iTunes onto an enhanced-definition or high-definition widescreen television. A third generation Apple TV 3 was introduced at an Apple event on March 7, 2012, with new features such as higher resolution (1080p) and a new user interface.


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