Can't get BluRay rips to play on my ATV1

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Aqueous, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Aqueous macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2004
    DVD's I have all figured out, they work great! But, I cannot get a BluRay rip to play on my ATV1 via XBMC like my DVD rips. The show a still frame for 15 seconds then jump to another still frame and on and on, audio sounds fine. I am using the same exact settings in Handbrake for both encodes.

    Can someone please help me figure this out?

    Large file size
    H.264 (x264)
    FPS "Same as Source"
    Variable Framerate
    Ave Bitrate: 1800
    2 Pass Encoding
  2. Darby67 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2011
    the corner of Fire and Brimstone
    Have you tried using the AppleTV preset? What picture settings are you using? In particular size
  3. Aqueous thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2004
    Anomorphic "loose"
    Modulus 16

    I actually don't think I've ever tweaked those settings. I did try all of the Apple TV Settings but haven't been able to get a BluRay to play successfully. Should it really be as simple as clicking on the AppleTV Preset? Guess I should try it again...
  4. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Must be an XMBC issue, my rips from Blu-Ray using the ATV pre-set in HB stream fine straight to both ATV's.
  5. Aqueous thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2004
    I haven't tried adding it to iTunes library and viewing it directly though ATV1 menu, I will try that. I will also try the ATV1 Preset! The rips played just fine on my iMac, just not on ATV1 via XBMC... this is some confusing stuff.

    Then I was wondering if upgrading the video card to Crystal Buntu would solve the problem, maybe the resolution of my rips was too high for 720p playback?

    I was really hoping to maintain "most" of the quality of the BluRay movies.
  6. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    Soo, you are running crystalbuntu on an atv1 with no chd card ? If so w/out the chd card the atv 1 actually has weaker playback than stock as xbmc has no access to the native geoforce video card. If you have the card, put it back in or go back to the stock atv os if you want to have smooth playback of 720p
  7. Aqueous thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2004
    I haven't upgraded the card yet, not using crystal buntu yet. Was just considering it, and wondering if it would fix my playback issue with bluray rips.

    Playing around with the AppleTV preset now to see if it works/looks good, should know soon...
  8. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    er, of course the appletv preset will work ... ;) its why it was written and is in fact probably one of the most tested HB presets..

    Btw, if you add the chd and install linux xbmc ... the atv 1 will eat raw decrypted blu ray. SO yeah, its a well spent bit of money.

    Now that said ... the HB atv preset ( not appletv 2 or appletv 3) will let you play transcoded blu ray sources stock.
  9. Aqueous thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2004
    Thanks for this info! I just tested it and it works gray for bluray (finally). Is that preset also the best result for DVD's? Feel kinda dumb for not trusting that preset - think I did too much reading with not enough experience and took some others advice thinking I could get better results...
  10. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    Heh, yeah it works for everything. Thats why it is the AppleTv 1 preset ;)


    Er, you said above you had tried all of the Apple TV Settings ??
  11. GreatDrok macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2006
    New Zealand
    If you're using the ATV1 preset and your frame rate is 24fps, you can switch off the loose anamorphic settings and go for none and just set your resolution to 1280 wide and 'keep aspect ratio' to preserve the shape. A typical 2.35:1 ratio movie will then be 1280x544 for example and will look better than the standard ATV1 preset which accounts for the original ATV being unable to display 30fps 720p. The best it can do is 25fps 720p, but the majority of BDs will be 24fps and so will encode fine for 720p playback. I rip a lot of BDs and DVDs so my son can play them on the old ATV1 we have on our spare TV which only has my old LD/DVD combo player attached as the BD player is on the main TV/Projection system.
  12. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    This is in fact correct. good point.

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