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Get Blu-ray & DVD into iTunes for Apple TV 3 with Dobly Digital 5.1


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Sep 5, 2011
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This article shows you an easy way to convert and import DVD/Blu-ray movies to iTunes 11 for streaming to Apple TV 3 with Dobly Digital Copy 5.1 sorround sound on Mac (Mountain Lion included).

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Of course, most of you are not about to pay iTunes' ridiculous prices to watch movies and TV shows you already own on DVD or Blu-ray. Maybe you want to get the movies off of DVD/Blu-ray discs to your iTunes 11 libray on Mac so you can transfer and stream them to your Apple TV 3 for playback with Dobly Digital Copy 5.1 sorround sound. But, as we all know, iTunes doesn't support DVD/Blu-ray format. Then how to copy DVD/Blu-ray to iTunes 11 library for Apple TV 3 streaming? Actually what you need is only a professional Blu-ray/DVD to iTunes Converter for Mac that can help you convert and rip DVD/Blu-ray movies to iTunes 11 on Mac OS X supported video formats fast with good video quality.

If you're looking for ease of use, and don't mind spending $30 (they currently have a sale - 40% off), I've success using Pavtube's Blu-ray to iTunes Ripper for Mac to convert Blu-Ray and DVD discs to a format playable by Apple TV 3 and iTunes. I've found the quality to be excellent, and see no difference when compared to playing the discs themselves. The sound can be kept with the original Dobly Digital 5.1 sorround sound. Now download the program and follow the steps below to transfer your Blu-ray/DVD movies to iTunes 11 and Apple TV 3 h.264-compliant videos with both AC3 5.1 audio and AAC stereo.

How to Convert Blu-ray/DVD to iTunes 11 for Apple TV 3 on Mac

After downloading the Blu-ray ripper, install and launch it, then follow the steps below. Note that this guide takes Blu-ray/DVD to iTunes 11 on Mac for example. The way to rip DVD/Blu-ray to iTunes on Windows (Windows 8 compatible) is almost the same. Just make sure you get the right version. A BD drive is needed for ripping Blu-ray discs.

1. Load BD/DVD movies.

First, insert your Blu-rays or DVDs into disc Drive, and then click "Blu-ray dics" icon to load the Blu-ray and DVD files to the program. You can also add Blu-ray or DVD ISO, DVD folder files that you can want to rip to iTunes 11 and Apple TV 3.


2. Select output format and output folder

The program has a number of presets for Apple TV, Apple TV 2, and Apple TV 3rd Generation, to export a Apple TV 3 1080p video with ac3 5.1 passthrough for AV receiver decoding, "Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)" preset is recommended.


When choosing "Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)" as output, an AC-3 encoded audio track will also be included for Apple TV 3 to Pass-through Dolby Digital 5.1 sound (also know as AC3 5.1), so that it will work in surround sound when Apple TV 3 is connected to audio receiver, and in stereo when Apple TV Gen 3 is connected with TV only.

By the way, if you wanna encode a Blu-ray DVD movie for a quality playback on both the Apple TV 3 and iPad 3, the "Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)" preset is also a recommended choice.

3. Convert Blu-ray/DVD to iTunes 11/Apple TV 3

Click Convert button to rip Blu-ray/DVD for Apple TV 3 Gen and iTunes 11. When the ripping task is done, you will get a 1080p M4V video for ATV 3 with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through by clicking Open button. Continue reading how to set up Apple TV for streaming HD videos with Dolby Digital 5.1 sounds?

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