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Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Jszmyt, Sep 20, 2010.
Is the new Apple TV going to allow for better quality mp4/m4v encodes?
It's only going to be able to do 720P. It can't do HD Audio either. Soooo. It'll look better than DVD; but it won't be Blu-Ray.
im aware of the 720p limitation but was wondering if there were any tweaks the new apple tv hardware would allow to get better quality out of handbrake encodes
Just stick with the default Apple TV setting for now. When Apple improves the hardware inside the Apple TV; then we might want to update the settings.
At this stage it's not really a question of quality, more of efficiency. You can basically get 720p video with no noticeable artifacts on the old Apple TV, but the file sizes are bigger than they would be if you tailored the encode for a full-fledged computer because the old Apple TV can't keep up with the more processor-intensive decoding operations available. I would assume that yes, the new Apple TV will be better at things like CABAC entropy encoding which would often trip up the old Apple TV at 720p but plays smoothly through the iPhone 3GS/4. But I would definitely wait until it comes out before doing too many encodes. Then you can either experiment for yourself or see what happens with the Handbrake profiles (noting that there is some disagreement among the Handbrake devs about whether certain of the profiles represent the best settings for certain types of encode).
I'm guessing (and hoping) that the High Profile preset in Handbrake will stream smoothly to the new AppleTV. I've already completed some test encodes and will be testing as soon as I can. I know quite a few other Handbrake testers and devs are planning similar activities once the new devices ship.
Next week ?
I'd assume so, since next week is the last week of September.