Handbrake question (transitioning to new hardware)


macrumors regular
Original poster
Jun 26, 2011
Posted this in the handbrake forum, but haven't received an answer yet. Thought maybe someone here could provide an answer.

I apologize if this has been covered already, but I want to make sure I have the correct info. I currently have an original iPad, iPhone 4, and Apple TV 2. I have been using the Apple TV 2 preset for BD Rips and the files play on all my devices (and I'm happy with the quality).

Now that 1080p is a reality with the new iPad and Apple TV 3 (which I plan on buying some time in the future) I'd like to start encoding my files for 1080p. I see the best way to do so is using either the High Profile or Normal presets. However, by doing so, will I still be able to load and play these files on my original iPad and iPhone 4 (without jailbreaking)? I know the Apple TV 2 can play the files and output them at 720p, but I'm more concerned with the fact that I won't be able to view these files on my current iPad and iPhone.


macrumors regular
Jul 5, 2010
I have encoded two 1080p files using the High Profile preset for my Apple TV 3 and the new iPad. They unfortunately do not show up to sync on my iPhone 4S, so it looks like you'll need to have a 720p version too, to be able to support those devices.

I'm thinking that the High Profile preset has some advanced H.264 settings that the iPhone 4S cannot handle for some reason. However, I do know that using the Apple TV 2 preset and turning up the dimensions to 1920x1080p will get you a playable file on the iPhone 4S because I tried it before.


macrumors regular
Dec 29, 2004
I've been able to play 1080p iTunes Store downloads on my iPad 2 via Home Sharing. Can anyone confirm if iTunes versions can be downscaled but the HandBrake rips can't?