This guide will shows you the best way of how to watch MKV HD movies on the Apple TV 3. Before, as we know, ATV 3 can’t play MKV format videos directly, we need to convert MKV to Apple TV friendly video such as MP4, MOV, M4V format, and then you can stream the converted videos to Apple TV 3. Let’s begin.
What is the best video format settings for Apple TV 3
Apple TV 3 can play MP4, MOV, M4V videos, up to 1080p videos but using H.264 encoder, and up to 720p quality by using MPEG-4 encoder. How to convert MKV videos to Apple TV format? Follow the guide step by step to Convert MKV to MP4 for Apple TV 3.
Mac OS X Video Converter (10.5 later, OS X Lion, Mountain Lion supported)
Windows Video Converter (XP, Vista, Win7, Windows 8 supported)
Also convert VOB, AVCHD, MTS/M2TS, AVI, MOV, WebM, FLV videos to Apple TV,iPad mini, iPad 4，iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad 1 etc.
1, Download and install MKV converter software, run it.
2, Click “Add Video” to import the MKV videos to the converter software.
3, Select the output profile for Apple TV 3, the best is “Apple TV H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)”.
Tip, you can also select a output for iPad 3, iPhone 4S, iTouch, ATV2, etc.
4,After that, click the “Convert” button to start the MKV conversion, a few minutes later, you will get the Apple TV friendly videos.
How to stream/sync videos to Apple TV 3 for watching on a TV?
Way 1, Using iTunes – Sync the videos (ATV friendly ) to Apple TV via iTunes (download latest version), just drag the videos to iTunes for syncing.
Way 2, Using AirPlay mirroring – Sync videos to iDevices such as iPad 3, iPhone 4S, then use AirPlay mirroring the videos to Apple TV, but minimum requirements for AirPlay Mirroring.
iPhone 4S or iPad 2 (and later) with iOS 6 and later
Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software version 6.0 or later
An 802.11a, -g or -n wireless network Via Apple.com.