So…what about stuff that isn’t in iTunes?
That’s a question I faced this Sunday when it occurred to me that I wouldn’t be able to watch The Simpsons. Now, I could have watched it on the over the air channels that come into my home, but A) I don’t have an antenna, and B) I forgot about it until about 8:30 pm.
I don’t have a legal solution for that other than, wait for the DVDs…which will be about 10 years from now I would imagine…
So I started looking at video encoders on how to convert Divx files to AppleTV compatible video. (I mean, if I can’t watch The Simpsons, I might as well watch some of my home movies that I’ve encoded as Xvid files, right?) I tried iSquint, which I have used for converting video to iPod before, but I couldn’t get a good quality picture from the files I tried, so I started looking elsewhere.
I came across the Apple TV Video Converter and downloaded the demo. This worked perfectly, but since it was just a trial version of the software it only encoded 5 minutes of my amazingly entertaining home movies. It looks like it could be a pretty good piece of software if you’re going to be converting a lot of your own Divx files to AppleTV Compatibility. I have put in a request with the company to get a full version for review so I can give you guys some benchmarks on how long it’s going to take to convert the files into the best quality AppleTV compatible format possible. Hopefully that’ll be available soon.