Help with common format...

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by GovtMule, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. GovtMule, Dec 25, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2010

    GovtMule macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2010
    Hello all,
    I know this is a big request but I know some of you are much brighter about such things than I so here goes...

    I would greatly appreciate some help in narrowing down two common formats to be used among all my hardware. I would like to find something that will work on my new AppleTV (and iTunes obviously), iPod Touch 4G, in Windows 7 Media Center, through a Xbox360 being used as a Media Center Extender, and in a Linksys DMA2100 MCE extender. I would like to find one 720P hi def format and one SD format. I have tried and tried to find the info but am having trouble due to my lack of knowledge of video formats, 'container', and all that sort of stuff. So I bring my question to the MacRumors community. I would be doing all the conversion on a Late '08 MacBook Pro (hopefully using handbrake but can use whatever software is necessary).

    A little background as to why I am doing this. I have a dedicated Windows 7 Media Center PC driving my entertainment center in the living room and serving as my media server. I have an Xbox 360 in my basement theater serving as an extender (doing live TV duties and sharing my audio, video, and picture library). This setup has been in place for about 5 years now with a few upgrades to my media server along the way. About 2 years ago I made the switch to Mac and love the Apple environment. I currently have a Windows all in one pc in the office running windows 7 that I will be replacing with an Imac when I can afford to. I got an Apple TV that I would like to put in the bedroom. I have a Linksys DMA2100 MCE Extender in the kitchen. So I really want a common video format that I can use to rip all my movies and home videos so that they can be read among all my devices.

    To tell you of what I have learned. I know the Linksys and Xbox (after firmware updates) now support H.264. I know little beyond that.

    Is this possible? please tell me it is.

    either way... Thanks in advance.

    EDIT: support for the Linksys is the lowest priority... It doesn't matter near as much since its just a 8" LCD in the kitchen anyway.
  2. Omne666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    I would think that .h264 mp4/m4v would cover these. And using HandBrake for conversion on universal setting should be it.
  3. GovtMule thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2010
    OK... so I've learned that I need to convert to:
    .m4v file as H264 with profile "Main 3.1" with AAC-LC 2 channel audio (160kbps/ch) at 48khz with a max of 10Mbps @30fps for 720p output.

    First, would I use these same settings for SD video?
    Second, could someone tell me step by step how I would set up Handbrake to do this?

    Again, I apologize for my ignorance on the subject but I just wanna make sure I've got everything correct.

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