Handbrake Preset and resolution

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Lucagfc, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2008

    I wan't to convert some MKV (1920 x 800 pixel) to watch it on Apple TV (1280 x 720). The Handbrake default preset for Apple TV, instead of 1280 x 720, downscale the source to 960 x 400.

    Why the default preset made for a 720p device (Apple TV) use this strange resolution to downscale the original video?

    Should I manually change the resoulition to 1280 x 720 ?
  2. macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2010
    yes..check custom and set to 1280X720..they look great
  3. macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    A quick way to test your settings when tweaking them is to just do a chapter of a movie.
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2008
    What I don' t know is why Handbrake preset use this strange resolution!

    Another question:

    for better quality should I set to 1280 x 720 also standard resolution video? in this case Handbrake execute upscale and the result could be better than play the standard resolution Dvix?
  5. macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    Because 1280x720p30 isn't compatible with the AppleTV v1, and the presets have not been updated with new device capabilities in mind.

    Upconverting a source would be a huge waste of bits, and isn't possible in the GUIs anyways.

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