Copy Blu-ray to ATV 3 M4V/iTunes MP4 format for streaming

Diana Joan

Jun 17, 2014 08:32 am / Posted by Diana Joan | Categories: Blu-ray

Blu-Ray may be majestic, it offers all the owners better visual enjoyment. If you have bought many latest movies, you may be wondering how you can get those movies from Blu-ray to iTunes to sync with your idevice, like new iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S, or even Apple TV 3 for wathing with 1080p Dolby Digital Passthrough kept. (Learn How to Compress a 50GB Blu-ray into 25GB)


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However, iTunes only recognize video files in MP4, MOV, M4V formats, which means if you want to enjoy Blu-ray movies on any Apple device you have to firstly rip Blu-ray to iTunes videos then import Blu-ray to iTunes for freely playback. Now this article will give you the right solution and a proper way to convert Blu-ray to ATV 3/iTunes compatible video format on Mac.


* The latest iTunes

* An external BD drive that is compatible with Mac

* a Mac Blu-ray Ripper software which can operate with OS X 10.5/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9


After doing some research the web for top mac blu-ray ripper for ripping Blu-ray movies, I find Pavtube BDMagic for Mac which is recommend for its easy interface, efficient workflow and reliable video quality. With it, you can convert you large Blu-ray collection into Apple TV 3 playable format on Mac with high quality and fast speed, meanwhile backup them into iTune library for watching in future. So I tried it and I have successfully ripped to mpeg-4 mp4 format to watch on my iPad and Apple TV 3. (See Top 5 Best Selling Windows/Mac Blu-ray Rippers Review)

The equivalent Windows version is Pavtube BDMagic. Just download it now and follow the hassle-free guide to rip your blu-ray collection to Apple TV 3/iTunes for smoothly playing.

Add a Blu-ray Drive to your Mac

First, the most mportant piece of the equation is that you have a Blu-Ray drive hooked to your Mac. I don’t anticipate Apple including them even as a BTO option any time soon, so your best bet is to go external. I happen to have used a LaCie d2 Blu-Ray 12x USB 2.0 and FireWire Drive 301906U just because we had one kicking around Macenstein Labs. Personally I am not a fan of LaCie’s hard drives (or more importantly, their power supplies) but to be fair the drive performed impeccably and was whisper quiet, so perhaps the external Blu-Ray drive will be their thing.

Ripping Blu-ray to iTunes/Apple TV 3 supported 1080p M4V movies under Mac OS X

The quick start guide below uses the BDMagic for Mac (10.9 included) screenshots. The way to ripping Blu-rays to iPad/ATV on Windows (Windows 8.1 included) is almost the same. Just make sure you get the right version according to your computer operating system.

The Steps:

Step 1: Click “Load file” button to import your Blu-ray movies to the nice Blu-ray to ATV/iTunes Converter.

P.S. Pavtube BDMagic for Mac can do with all kindes of Blu-ray sources: protected and unprotected Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray folder, Blu-ray ISO and IFO file.

blu-ray to apple tv ripper for mac

Step 2: Press the “Format” button,I noticed that films in Apple TV 3 are done in 1080p m4v with Dolby Digital 5.1 pass though, you can easily find the Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v) profile in “Apple TV column.

apple tv 3 format

To backup Blu-ray move in iTunes store, you can choose “Common Video > H.264 Video(*.mp4)”

Tip 1: You can freely select the subtitles for your movies as you like from the Subtitles option.

Tip 2: You may also click “Settings” to set the Video/Audio Parameters like Size (resolution), bitrate, frame rate, etc to for iPad Mini according your own will. Remember the file size and video quality is based more on bitrate than resolution which means bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss.

apple tv 3 settings

Step 3: After everything is OK, click the big “Convert” button to start ripping Blu-rays to iTunes/Apple TV 3 videos.

Once the conversion completes, you can click “Open” to find the .m4v or mp4 videos which can be directly imported to your iTunes library and Apple TV 3. You can also direcly airplay the video from Apple TV 3 to other iOS devices via airplay. I browse the iTunes library for the movie and it plays on iDevices smoothly and at full quality anywhere I want them, and now I can play Apple TV 3 plays perfectly with glorious video quality. I don’t think it could get much simpler unless of course, as Apple provides native support for Blu-Ray which doesn’t seem likely.

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