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sbiddo
January 25th, 2010, 12:46 PM
Hello
i have installed boxee and everything is ok, it recognizes fine the external hard disk.
I am having trouble playing the blu ray files, they go very slow if played from the external HD.
So i am stuck trying to move the files from the external HD to the appletv.
I have tried with WinSCP, i actually locate the files but when i go to move the file from /mnt/Volumes/MYUSBHD to the AppleTV i get errors and it won't let me.

Any clue?
Thanks!

JimWiley
January 25th, 2010, 01:20 PM
@sbiddo:

The reason I haven't specified ~/Movies as the target for what I've written below is that it has symlinks back to itself and throws the Boxee scraper into a bit of a loop. I have to ask though if the reason you can't play the file is that it requires decoding hardware more manly than the ATV has to spare. Another thought is the format of the external drive: don't forget most BD-rip file sizes are larger that older FAT formats can actually handle - definately check that out as well... Anyway to continue:

The drive is mounted on the ATV right? So if you ssh into your atv using the terminal then:

mkdir -p /Users/frontrow/Media/Movies

Then to copy a file:

cp /path/to/file/{filename} /Users/frontrow/Media/Movies/

if you're copying a folder you need to use

cp -r /path/to/file/{folder name} /Users/frontrow/Media/Movies/

instead.

Finally if you get any permission errors, then it's

sudo cp /path/to/file/{filename} /Users/frontrow/Media/Movies/

or, for a folder:

sudo cp -r /path/to/file/{folder name} /Users/frontrow/Media/Movies/

Hope that helps!

Jim

sbiddo
January 25th, 2010, 02:07 PM
thanks Jim
with SSH it actually works, WinSCP is instead giving me problems in moving the files from the HD to the ATV.

I can actually play the files, although the play is not that smooth for some reasons, even though it is played from the ATV... any clue about this?
Thanks!

JimWiley
January 25th, 2010, 02:20 PM
thanks Jim
with SSH it actually works, WinSCP is instead giving me problems in moving the files from the HD to the ATV.

I can actually play the files, although the play is not that smooth for some reasons, even though it is played from the ATV... any clue about this?
Thanks!

Yeah, depends on how the file was encoded... For instance, I play mkv's on mine with Boxee that are 720p and have a file size of between 1.5-2gb for a two hour movie. Full HD rips where the file is 7-15 gb (ie 1080p stuff) for a two hour movie are not going to play on an um-nodded ATV. You'll need to hardware hack a CrystalHD card into your ATV, install Davilla's drivers and install a new SVN compile of XBMC... this will play back 1080p on the ATV, but you'll lose your wi-fi in the process and will need to hardwire the ATV via Ethernet to your network. Plus it's still in development, so is for techy bleeding edge users only at this point...

Without knowing more about the files you are trying to play, I couldn't say for sure though...

Jim

matthew495
May 28th, 2010, 12:29 PM
So I have boxee and XBMC installed on my apple tv too and I have about 80 .avi files all near 1 GB on my external hard drive. How do I easily move them to my apple tv (hopefully physically b/c it's faster than over than internet)? I don't understand all the techie stuff (vpn, ssh, etc.) so keep it simple please.

Also, I already tried the text above in terminal and it said "Permission denied" and the others didn't work either but why do I need that for this? Help please

nuggyblake
May 29th, 2010, 08:20 AM
So I have boxee and XBMC installed on my apple tv too and I have about 80 .avi files all near 1 GB on my external hard drive. How do I easily move them to my apple tv (hopefully physically b/c it's faster than over than internet)? I don't understand all the techie stuff (vpn, ssh, etc.) so keep it simple please.

Also, I already tried the text above in terminal and it said "Permission denied" and the others didn't work either but why do I need that for this? Help please

If you need a low tech solution, you need to utilise an app like winscp/ fugu / cyberduck to transfer the files. You will need to know the IP address of your atv (Frontrow>Settings>Network).

Open your app (I use cyberduck);

1. Select SSH
2. Enter IP address for ATV
3. Username - frontrow
4. Password - frontrow

Navigate to movies older (or anywhere really).

5. From Boxee/ XBMC you point to this location and voila.

Note: Not all avi's are equal. You will get stuttering/ audio issues if you dont encode correctly (handbrake has atv settings you can use).:p

BTW - This will be slower than other methods, but low tech enough that you dont need to converse with stephen hawkings
BTW 2 - If you encounter a permissions issue, you can use cyberduck to change then (info - permissions). You can do this via ssh, but you said you dont want to do this, so......