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Thursday, May 24, 2007

some thoughts on better AppleTV navigation

Snippet from something I wrote on my other blog:

HD For Indies: "Another handy tidbit - on the tutorial DVD, there's a ROM folder with all of that content as H.264 files, compatible with AppleTV as well - handy! They are just little QuickTime movies, so you can copy them onto your local drive if you want as well. They are lower resolution (640x360 or so) than the DVD (720x480), so the DVD is a little sharper for seeing the UI details demostrated. No biggie - it is handy to have the option, and you wouldn't know it was there if you didn't look. It would have been nice if Apple had treated it as a TV series or something so it would self-organize a little better - they just fall into place in alphabetical order, which isn't necessarily the order you'd want them to play in. And there's no playlist organizing them, either. Points for putting AppleTV QT's on the DVD, but it would have been nice if they were organized a little better. As a related question, how tough would it be to make a QT movie that has embedded navigation that works in AppleTV? It is totally doable (and it'd also be nice if a DVD Studio Pro project could be exported this way as well - Adobe's CS3 can one button export a DVD to Flash...response Apple?)QuickTime has all the hooks to do this - referring to other movies in the same directory, etc. And since AppleTV seems to be a fairly full featured QT client, shouldn't this be possible? Somebody test!"

9 comments:

Derek said...

This isn't a direct comment to your post about HD, but does apply to the UI.

I picked up some Apple TVs for use as media servers at a public event - I want to put them in a room and run a scheduled playlist of video off of them. I figured I could get a bunch, synch up some playlists and then put them in separate rooms, allowing me to automate the digital video without having to get full computers or relying on a local network (thus making everything crash if it goes down).

Unfortunately, I can't get it to work - playlists are only available in the Music menu and even then the Apple TV just strips out anything that's not categorized as a music video. Further, whenever it finishes with a video, it stops.

I want to be able to set up a playlist of video files that I can playback continuously (in order and shuffled, as I need). I can set that up in iTunes, but it don't work on the Apple TV.

Do you know any way around this without cracking it open and completely messing around with it so I can use VLC or something on it?

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