can't sync appletv movies with iphone?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by KilGil27, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. KilGil27 macrumors regular


    Jul 29, 2006
    so I converted a couple dvds with Handbrake to watch on my apple tv. I also wanted to be able to sync the movies with my iphone, but that doesn't seem to work. Every time I try to sync it, it tells me it cannt sync because it cannot be played on this iphone... When I converted the dvds with handbrake, I used the apple tv preset and didn't change any settings. Did I do something wrong, or is there another preset I need to use to be able to play my movies on both devices?
  2. impact1290 macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2007
    I can't remember what the issue is exactly, either the file size is too big or the iphone can't handle to Apple TV resolution. You either need to convert the Apple TV video to something iphone friendly or I reccomend running the DVD through handbrake again with either the iPhone/iPod Touch preset or the iPod Hi-Res preset.
  3. NightStorm macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    The AppleTV preset uses x264 options (ie. b-frames) that are incompatible with iPhones. The iPhone can handle the resolution, bitrate, and audio options (AAC+AC3) that the AppleTV can.
  4. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    The iPhone can't handle the Main Progressive profile that the Apple TV encoding uses, regardless of resolution.

    If the Basic Profile is used (the iPod/iPhone one), then the max res is 720x480, although anamorphic encoding can be used.
  5. ClassicBean macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2004
    What you're experiencing is normal. You'll have to reconvert them for the iPhone.
  6. theLimit macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2007
    up tha holler, acrost tha crick
    If you want one file that works on multiple devices, you'll have to encode for the device with the lowest specs.

    I made a HB preset that basically started with the iPod High-Rez preset and switched the audio to AAC+AC3 and cranked the average bit rate up to the iPod max of 2500kbps. When applicable, I use Anamorphic to get the most resolution possible. Works great on my iPods, iPhone, Xbox 360, and PS3.

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