Handbrake: iPad vs AppleTV vs AppleTV 2 vs AppleTV 3 presettings

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by rrk100, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. rrk100 macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2012
    I have an AppleTV, an iPad 2, and the new iPad ("4") with Retina Display.

    Using Handbrake, I have been creating 4 different versions of the DVD movie I am ripping via the presets:

    AppleTV 2
    AppleTV 3

    Is there any advantage to having all 4 versions of a movie? Or do you think I should stop creating every AppleTV version? Since I have the original AppleTV, will I run into any backwards compatibility issues if I discontinue ripping from one of the AppleTV presets mentioned above?

    I figure that the iPad version at least saves me some space on my iPads...

    Thank you in advance.
  2. mic j, Nov 10, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2012

    mic j macrumors 68030

    Mar 15, 2012
    The only aTV preset you need to use is AppleTV 3. And that can even be used for the iPad. Like you said, it just means few movies able to be physically loaded onto the iPad.

    Now that I think about it, I am not sure about the original aTV compatibility. Anyone else know?
  3. The Mad Hatter macrumors 6502a

    The Mad Hatter

    Oct 12, 2004
    When I was running an ATV1, I had to use the ATV preset for compatibility across all my iDevices (as the the ATV2 preset would render the files unplayable). I can't see the ATV3 preset changing that.
  4. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    I'm not sure if this makes a difference or not, but yesterday and today I've been ripping some of my DVD's with the ATV3 settings and they play just fine on the iMac, ATV3 and ATV2.
  5. WebHead macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2004
    I encode all HD content with the ATV3 preset (most 720p iDevices will downscale) and all SD with Universal. Some would argue for doing SD with ATV2, but I value device compatibility over the barely perceivable quality difference.

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