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"How do I make my AppleTV accept other videos than those download

Apple TV is setup to only play videos downloaded thru the iTunes store. I have heard there is a way to make Apple TV play your home videos you have downloaded to your computer but I don't know how to do this. Can you help? Thank you

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    Dennis Badua Apr 02, 2009

    download music/video from my computer to apple tv..



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You must create an alias to your movies folder in the iTunes folder and place it in your home movies folder.
so the path would be as follows if on a mac:
Macintosh HD/Users/your_user_name_here/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Movies
highlight it and make an alias by going to the file menu and selecting make alias.
now drag this alias folder into: Macintosh HD/Users/your_user_name_here/Movies
Restart AppleTV
That should do it

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You have to add your videos into iTunes for them to be visible to the ATV.

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Trying to activate and apple TV

Hi James

Not enough details
Plug the AppleTV HDMI cable in and connect it to your TV Screen.
Use the TV Screen remote control to select the screen "input" from the HDMI port you plugged in to.
Turn AppleTV on (plug in)
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Bought Apple TV and when I try to access crackle it tells me to go to computer and activate enter p301 code still does not work could you please help with this. Thankyou

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Please explain further.

Your video must be at least 640 x 480 pixels in dimensions. Any larger I believe it will not transfer.

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