Can new ATV do better with standard definition?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by scgf, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

    Standard def on the Apple TV was always much worse than a DVD - particularly in the UK where PAL DVDs are 720 x 576 pixels (NTSC DVDs are 720 x 480).

    I was just wondering if there is anything better on ATV 2? Like getting Handbrake to convert to a higher quality?

    What is the default resolution of SD on ATV 1?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    use the High Profile preset in Handbrake. Set the RF to 18 you'll end up with a file thats virtually on par with the original.
  3. macrumors member

    Thanks for that. Just trying it out now with a SD DVD. I have converted a couple of HD mkv files using High Profile and it does indeed result in a rather nice picture.

    What does the High Profile preset do that makes it better than the ATV preset in Handbrake?
  4. macrumors 6502a

    No question that 18 is "better" than a higher number but literally everyone with experience on the handbrake forums is saying anything lower than 19-19.25 RF is not improving SD DVD video quality in a way perceptible to the human eye but is increasing file size. They recommend no lower than 19 and most say 19.25 is even better.

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