The raison d’être of the Apple TV is to play movies and TV shows, and that’s where Josh Centers now turns his attention in our streamed ebook “Take Control of Apple TV.” Chapter 6, “Apple TV at the Movies,” looks at controlling video playback (I’m a little embarrassed at how much I learned from this section), buying and watching videos from the iTunes Store, and playing video stored in iTunes on your Mac. But where the chapter really makes its bones is in its step-by-step instructions for ripping your DVDs via HandBrake, adding metadata to the resulting files with iFlicks, and importing them into iTunes. Josh even covers merging multi-disc movies and ripping Blu-ray discs, but beware that Blu-ray movies take a long time to rip and chew through hard drive space. Finally, he looks at two ways of storing all these massive files on an external disk, which is likely necessary for anyone with a small SSD.
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