Any Tips on getting the best picture QUALITY on the Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Tom25, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. Tom25 macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2008
    First of all sorry for long title :p, at least i was specific.

    Anyway the title pretty much says it all.

    I just set up my Apple TV and im luving it, the quality is very good, but can it get better?
  2. spice weasel macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    You can hack it so that you can play video_ts folders or iso's if you like. I just use the Apple TV preset in HandBrake and it seems just as good as the DVD to my eyes.
  3. aprofetto macrumors 6502a


    Dec 19, 2008
    Hamilton, Ontario
    I was wondering the same thing, when converting DVDs (purchased ones of course) to .mp4, so I can have them on my TV, I'm using handbrake and setting the bitrate to 4000 kbps (4 mbps). I'm hoping the quality is going to be good.

    This is however taking quite a while, I was wondering the lowest bitrate before the picture really starts looking crappy.

    I don't mean to hijack the thread, just curious.

  4. spice weasel macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    A 4000 kbps bitrate is a waste of space, in my opinion. Get the latest version of HandBrake (0.9.3) and use the Apple TV preset. It uses Constant Quality, expressed as a percentage. The default is 59%. I bump it up to 61% and turn on the decomb filter. The result is a DVD-quality encode in a pretty small file size.
  5. NightStorm macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    I'd also recommend turning on deteleceine (if using "Same as Source") in .9.3 along with decomb. Should work very well for the majority of sources out there.
  6. dmm219 macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2008
  7. dmm219 macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2008
    FYI, I just tried these settings and the movie won't show up on the ATV. Also, with version 9.3, when I select the ATV preselect, it defaults to avg bit rate (2500) NOT constant Quality. So I select CQ, set to 62% and ripped with decomb on. No joy on ATV.

    Back to my old presets...
  8. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    FYI, go to Presets > Update Built in Presets since you are obviously still using the 0.9.2 presets.
  9. dmm219 macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2008
    many it another try right now.

    I was already more than happy with the 0.9.2 ATV settings. Waiting to see how much better this will look....

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