Apple TV preset and 58" Plasma?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by DotCom2, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    I am thinking about getting the new Apple TV. If I convert my DVD's to just using the Apple Preset in Handbrake, how will they look on a 58" Plasma?
  2. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    They look ok. I know the universal preset looked like ass on my 58" plasma atv preset looked better I use a custom setting now. 2pass 2500vbm and they look pretty good.
  3. GermanSuplex macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2009
    Just know that with the ATV preset, you're bloating DVD content.. NTSC DVD's are encoded at 720x480. For me, its overkill so I use the universal preset instead (don't have a plasma, but the vids looked damn good on a friend's big screen LCD.. not sure of the size, but it was way bigger than my 32" LCD) but you will probably want to encode one with the universal preset, one with the ATV preset, and one or two with custom settings to see which one you prefer.

    You may also encode some DVD's with one preset and another DVD using another preset. Since many dramas encoded using the universal preset come out with a smaller file size than they do using the iPod legacy preset, you may not need as much detail as you think, and using the universal preset will be fine, whereas with TV sitcoms, action or animated films, you may want to use the atv preset.
  4. TheStork macrumors regular


    Dec 28, 2008
    Apple TV Settings

    If you're using Handbrake V0.9.4, then create a custom Apple TV settings using Dynaflash's settings found on his web site.

    I've used it with very good results. Or you can try one of the nightly builds as these builds have updated presets.
  5. WiiDSmoker macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2009
    Hermitage, TN
    DVDs will always look like ass on any HD screen no matter how much you "touch up".
  6. GermanSuplex macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2009
    I guess that's in the eye of the beholder, but I've found many DVDs to look awesome.

    In fact, I had some episodes of the first season of 24 I encoded way back for the 5G iPod at 640x352 @ 1500kbps, and they looked so good on my HDTV via ATV, I thought I had encoded them at 720x480 with variable bitrate.
  7. Scarpad macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    The Universal preset is using Baseline Profile , while the ATV setting is using Main Profile, it will look better and the filesize will be smaller. They look pretty good, on my 65" Mits DLP

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