Highest bitrate for playback on both Apple TV and iPhone

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by henders98, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. henders98 macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2009
    I read somewhere that the iPod and iPhone cannot handle videos with average bitrate > 2500 kbps. However, I tried playing some Handbraked encodes that are > 3000 and they seem to play fine. Now granted, I haven't tried playing them from start to finish, but the little 30 second or so samples I've tried have been OK.

    Can anyone shed some light on this 2500 kbps "limitation"?
  2. spatlese44 macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2007
    I too am interested in this. I started a thread about problems I was having streaming:


    Last night I tried using a setting about 2/3 of the "Apple TV" preset and that worked for me. Can't remember what that is though.
  3. mooblie macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2009
    The Highlands, Scotland
    I have encoded video with Handbrake at 9699kbps, and it playedback fine on an iPod touch 2G 8GB. Looks very good out of the AV cable into a TV.

    This is beyond the Apple spec. for iPod touch video bit rate, but seems to work in practice. Media Info Mac info:


    The file is huge, of course! Far too big for "general" use at 72 MBytes/minute.

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