Wondershare’s ‘Apple TV Ripper’ Windows-only program converts DVDs for for Apple TV

Apple StoreWondershare Inc. today released Apple TV Suite, an all-in-one Apple TV video conversion solution for Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista (No Mac version, Windows Media Player 9 or above required).

This suite includes “Video to Apple TV Converter” and “DVD to Apple TV Ripper” so you can convert both video files and DVDs to Apple TV formats. With this new release, you can enjoy your favorite DVDs and videos on your widescreen TV via Apple TV.

DVD to Apple TV Ripper converts DVD to Apple TV video in MP4, MPEG-4 or Apple TV audio MP3, AAC, and WAV formats. It will convert your DVD to Apple TV on all your demand. You may select subtitle and audio track freely or define a segment to output.

Features include:
• Select subtitles and audio track
• 4:3 / 16:9 supported
• Preview supported
• Video trimming and cropping

Wondershare Video to Apple TV Converter and Wondershare DVD to Apple TV Ripper are available now (Free to try; US$29.95 to buy).

More info: http://www.dvd-ripper-copy.com/dvd-apple-tv.html

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “mrmikey” for the heads up.]
We mention this only to note that third-party software for Apple TV is already beginning to appear. Mac (and other platform) users should look to the free MediaFork (HandBrake) which is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded DVD to MPEG-4 ripper/converter (also available for Linux and Windows). More info here.

Related articles:
Enderle: ‘Apple’s attractive and well packaged Apple TV likely to set the pace’ – March 22, 2007
David Pogue demos Apple TV in humorous NY Times’ video – March 22, 2007
PC Magazine review gives Apple TV 4 out of 5 stars – March 22, 2007
NY Times’ Pogue: ‘Apple TV offers a gracious, elegant, effortless, delightful experience’ – March 21, 2007
Mossberg hands-on with Apple TV: ‘beautiful design, easy-to-use, classic Apple: simple and elegant’ – March 21, 2007

29 Comments

  1. wonder if apple gave handbrake a large paypal donation, seems development has been kickstarted recently ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” /> lol

  2. “With this new release, you can enjoy your favorite DVDs and videos on your widescreen TV via Apple TV”

    Thanks, I’d prefer to enjoy my favaorite DVDs on my widescreen TV NOT via Apple TV.

    Less hassle, no storage issues, and a better picture!

  3. A note to the wise:

    Movies are watched once usually and then just sit there clogging hard drive space. DVD ripping is a pain and takes a long time.

    I got over 200 rips and the scrolling through the long Frontrow list to watch a newly downloaded iTunes video is a pain in the ass.

    If you own the DVD already, keep the movie on it.

    If you downloaded a movie, burn it to DVD a couple of times and archive it, watch it from that instead.

    You’ll be grateful when your video library grows out of control.

  4. @Wiseguy said:

    “Movies are watched once usually and then just sit there clogging hard drive space.”

    Falkirk: I’d agree with you. That’s why I rent. But the fact that millions upon millions of people buy video may mean that some people want to re-watch or have the possibility to re-watch their movies. Having it in Itunes makes it much easier to do.

    “DVD ripping is a pain and takes a long time.”

    Falkirk: Yeah, I’d agree with that, but I would have said the same thing about ripping music CDs. And I would have been wrong there too.

    “I got over 200 rips and the scrolling through the long Frontrow list to watch a newly downloaded iTunes video is a pain in the ass.”

    Falkirk: Isn’t it easier to scroll though a multi-sorted list than to sort through 200 physical DVD Discs?

    “If you own the DVD already, keep the movie on it.”

    Falkirk: Yeah, if you own a DVD, you own a DVD player so why would you want to rip it to Itunes?

  5. I think the key to this article – as MDN points out – is that 3rd party software to support Apple TV is available already.

    One of the things that makes it almost impossible to dislodge the Ipod from the top of the mountain is that there are some 4,000 products specifically built to support it. You want your tunes in the car, you want a carrying case, you want speakers, you want it to work with your toilet paper dispenser (???) you have to buy an Ipod. How can any competitor hope to reach the critical mass necessary to match that.

    So if third partys jump on the Apple bandwagon again – coud be big.

  6. WiseGuy:

    “You’ll be grateful when your video library grows out of control.”

    Yeah because shelves of DVDs are so easy to “navigate” through. I don’t know HOW people scan through their libraries of 10,000 songs on those little iPods – it would be easier to just carry around a wagon with 12,000 CDs in it.

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