How to Transcode MKV to Apple TV 4 and Play via Plex on NAS

A lot of users have MKV videos and movies stored on NAS or other large storage drive, and now they want to play MKV on Apple TV 4 so that they can enjoy the videos and movies on big HDTV. Then how to stream MKV on Apple TV 4 with Plex still one of the hotest topic on Plex Subreddit? In this article we would like to share the multiple solution to make MKV files playable on Appple TV 4 with Plex.

Part 1. Foramts that Apple TV 4 Compatible with

Part 2. Media Formats are Supported by Plex Media Server

Part 3. AirPlay Mirroring MKV to Apple TV 4

Part 4. Transcode / Re-encode the MKV file for Apple TV 4

Part 5. Guide: Transcode MKV to Apple TV 4 and Play via Plex on NAS


The follow satuation is the post from Plex Subreddit:

I purchased a ATV4 and PLEX installed
I have a PLEX server running on my NAS TS-419P II and the ATV picks it up ok
When I access files from my NAS, MP4-files play nicely, However, it seems that it cannot play my MKV-files
It loads them up just fine with meta-info and all, but when I hit “Play”, it just loads for a while before returning to the main screen for the movie.
Is there any way to get this to play both containers ?”

The MKV to Apple TV 4 playback issue is caused by the video codec limitation of Apple TV 4 and Plex. In fact, Apple TV 4 and Plex support limited video formats and codecs, they can only play some common video, like H.264/MP4, MOV, M4V etc. For some video container, like MKV, AVI etc, they can not handle. Let begin with the format supported by Apple TV 4 and Plex Media Server.

Foramts that Apple TV 4 Compatible with

After digging deeper into technical specs of the ATV, I got some clues. It is essential to know the best codec for playing on Apple TV at first.

Apple TV 4 Compatible Video and Audio Codec
Video formats
–  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
–  MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
–  Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
Audio formats
– HE-AAC (V1)
– AAC (16 to 320 Kbps)
– Protected AAC (from iTunes Store)
– MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps)
– MP3 VBR
– Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4)
– Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
– Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through

Media Formats are Supported by Plex Media Server

According to their web page, Plex supports the following audio and video formats:

Plex Media Server Supported Media Formats
Container Video Codec Audio Codec Notes
mp4, mov h264, mpeg4 aac, ac3,
eac3,mp3
No
mpegts h264 aac, ac3,
eac3, mp3, mp2
No
asf vc1, wmv3, wmv2 wmav2, wmapro,
wmavoice
No
avi mpeg4, msmpeg4,
mjpeg
mp3, ac3,
eac3, mp2
No
mpeg mpeg1video,
mpeg2video
mp2, mp3,
ac3
WMC Required
mpegts, mp4 mpeg1video,
mpeg2video
mp2, mp3,
ac3, eac3
WMC Required
asf wmav2, wmapro,
wmavoice
mp4 aac
mp3 mp3
other audio transcoded to MP3

AirPlay Mirroring MKV to Apple TV 4

Mac natively support mirror Mac display to Apple TV if you updated the OS to Mac v10.8 or later. You can use AirPlay to mirror or extend everything on your Mac display. Just click the AirPlay icon in the menu bar and then choose Apple TV under “Use AirPlay Display To“, then you will get your whole Mac screen displayed on Apple TV and you can just simple play the MKV files with a MKV player on your Mac, the MKV playback will surely be streamed on Apple TV as well.

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Transcode / Re-encode the MKV file for Apple TV 4

As we mentioned above that the MKV to Apple TV 4 playback issue is caused by the video codec limitation of Apple TV 4/Plex, a possible solution I’ve worked out is to convert MKV to Apple TV 4 supported format for streaming using PlexConnect for more convenient playing and sharing. Along with some help from third party program like Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac, it can be done effortlessly.

If you are Windows user, please turn to Windows version >> Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate

This video app is professional on fast transcoding MKV/AVI to Apple TV/Plex with M4V format without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports MKV videos, but also handles Blu-ray, DVD, ISO and various common video formats, like MXF. MTS, MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV .etc. Now download this tool and follow the instructions to convert MKV, AVI videos to Apple TV 4 for streaming via Plex .

More noteworthy is that with this all-purpose MKV to Apple TV 4 Mac converter, you can freely convert MKV to portable devices, such as iPhone, iPad and more handheld gadgets with inherent 200+ preset profiles offered.

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Keep in mind that you have download the right version, Mac OS .dmg files cannot be installed on Windows platform – and vice versa.

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Guide: Transcode MKV to Apple TV 4 and Play via Plex on NAS

Step 1. Load MKV files

Launch the Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate / iMedia Converter and drag .mkv files to the software interface to import the file. It supports batch conversion.

ultimate-screenshot

Step 2. Choose Apple TV 4 supported format

Click “Format” drop-down list, and then from Apple TV category choose the one you think best for your TV resolution such as “Apple TV H.264 (*.m4v)”. If you like to tweak a little, click Settings, you are allowed to change the frame rate, resolution, bitrate and other specifications of the videos, if the tech terms look taunting to you, proceed to the next step.

apple-tv-profile

Step 3. Start the MKV to Apple TV 4 conversion

Click “Start conversion” button to transcode MKV for ATV 4. After the short conversion, you will be able to get the output files for Apple TV 4 via clicking on “Open” button effortlessly. Now you can store MKV movies to NAS and stream them to Apple TV 4 via Plex Media Server. Have fun!

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