Highest bitrate for playback on both Apple TV and iPhone


macrumors member
Original poster
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"?


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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