quick and dirty diy projects


wireless itunes car audio with iphone, airport express and appletv

burn a video file to video dvd





wireless itunes car audio with iphone, airport express and appletv

hardware

1. appletv (30-gig)
2. iphone (original or 3g)
3. airport express
4. car power inverter - $20 @ costco (see picture below)



5. ipod-friendly car audio system

software

1. latest appletv os
2. iphone os v2
3. iphone remote app

instructions

1. synch appletv with itunes on your computer
2. create custom network on airport express
3. join that network on appletv ui and iphone
4. run remote app on iphone and register (via numeric code) with appletv
5. setup inverter in car and plug in airport express and appletv
6. connect appletv audio out to car ipod-friendly jack with cables
7. start car engine and wait for appletv and airport express to warm up
8. on iphone, run remote app and connect to apple tv
9. play music from front row menu system

comments

1. reasonable alternative to bluetooth car audio
2. make sure car electical system can handle inverter load
3. make sure appletv and airport express power off when car not running
4. if you hear a static buzz, make sure all your components are grounded properly
5. if you have a 12v electrical port in your trunk, all hardware can go there (see picture below)




burn a movie video file (avi, divx, etc.) to video dvd (mpeg2) with burn and toast

(in case burn fails to do the actual burn)

hardware

1. mac with dvd burner

software

1. burn (download it free from
http://burn-osx.sourceforge.net/Pages/English/home.html)
2. toast - unfortunately not free but worth the price

instructions

1. run burn
2. select the video button from the top button bar
3. click the plus-sign (+) button at bottom left to browse for a movie clip
4. select the movie file
5. select a location for the mpg files -- i.e. the mpeg2 files transcoded by burn
(recommended location: your desktop)
6. when mpeg2 encoding complete, insert blank dvd and click the burn buttom at bottom right
(this will create the vob files and _ts folders in a folder on your desktop)
7. if burning is successful, you're done already - if not, then...
8. run toast
9. select dvd-video from the menu on the left
10. drag in only the first big vob file (vts_01_1.vob) from the video_ts folder created by burn
11. burn the dvd (note: toast is not yet an authoring or transcoding app)


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