Apple TV and 720p

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by northy124, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. northy124 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    Hi guys,

    I read somewhere that the Apple TV has a hard time with 1280x544/720 films/tv shows and that is the reason for HB's Apple TV Preset not being at normal 720p res.

    I'd like to know what causes the problem is it just a framerate issue (heard that it is particular about it) or is something bigger as I would like to have full 720p films on the Apple TV my uncle is giving me lol

    Please advise, thanks.

  2. roidy macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2008
    Nottingham, UK
    The AppleTV has no problems with 720p video as long as the frame rate is not higher that 24fps. All the HD content from the iTunes store is 1280x720 at 24fps. I cant speak about encoding HD content in HB as I encode all my HD video using RipBot264 and have no problems playing them on my AppleTV.
  3. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    actually the limit is 25 fps (which covers pal). so if you know your source is 24 fps, go ahead and up the hb res size to 720p.
  4. northy124 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    Oh OK so it is a framerate issue, well that makes it easier now lol

    Most of my content is 59.940 fps which is forced down to 29.97 fps, but that is still to much :(

    Anyway at least I know now that it is a framerate issue which I should be able to deal with :)
  5. Shoesy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2007
    Colchester, UK.
    IMO I wouldnt say that Appletv has 'no problem' playing HD 720p. Downloaded movies seem to have trouble keeping up in panning / fast action shots, and the machine is very choosy over file formats acquired from anywhere other than the apple store.

    Just my toosents.
  6. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Another option would be 960x540/30p, which the aTV can handle. Depending on your source material, it might look better converted to 540/30p.

  7. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    That's probably more of a bit rate issue. My Blu-ray transcodes are typically around 6 mbps for the video. Anything much above that won't sync.

    Pretty much has to be an MPEG-4 no more than 1280 wide with h.264, less than 6 mbps, 24/25fps, AAC (and AC3) audio for it to work well.
  8. roidy macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2008
    Nottingham, UK
    I`ve had no problems playing both iTunes purchased HD content or HD content I`ve encoded myself, as long as your careful to keep your encodes within spec then there should be no problems. I certainly have had no problems with the AppleTV "keeping up in panning / fast action shots".

    As for the AppleTV being choosy over file formats, well Apple did design it as a player for there own iTunes content and so naturaly limited it to those formats.

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