Which files are the best for media server mp4 or mkv ?

Media Server and NAS Drives

Im interested in getting a media server and a NAS Drive with SSD in the near future

So I’m working on a project i have over 700 tennis dvds that are SD , HD and 4K that i want to convert all into files MP4 or MKV and put them into media server using NAS drive with SSD and watch it on my 4K Apple TV.

1. Which files are the best for media server mp4 or mkv ?
2. Since I want to play all my tennis video files on media server through my apple tv 4K , is NAS the only drives that have/use media servers or are there other drives i can use?
3. I will have at least 8 TB of memory for my videos to use , so which drives can take up 8 TB?
4. Will there be any newer NAS drives in future that will have SSDs?

The best file format is going to be MKV if you need transcoding. We have seen good results even with quad core Celeron based models when streaming remotely.

But for local streaming on devices such as Apple TV you need to check file compatibility list. As long as your player supports the file, any NAS will be a good choice (its just a storage device).

MP4 is compressed better and will take less space. But MKV is easier to decode if you have to. I have pasted compatibility list for Apple TV bellow.

If you want to stream to your Apple TV or other middle man device such as Fire TV and Android TV then you need a NAS with DLNA support. This can be any NAS, but I would recommend Synology play series model such as DS218play.

You can also install SSD in those 3.5inch bays. Or combination of both.
Samsung 870 QVO 8 TB SATA 2.5 Inch is one of the options.



Apple TV 4K (1st generation) – Technical Specifications

Video Formats

  • H.264/HEVC SDR video up to 2160p, 60 fps, Main/Main 10 profile
  • HEVC Dolby Vision (Profile 5)/HDR10 (Main 10 profile) up to 2160p
  • H.264 Baseline Profile level 3.0 or lower with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
  • MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 fps, Simple profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats



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