How do movies from the atv look on the tv?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Astro8973, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. Astro8973 macrumors regular

    Astro8973

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    I have ripped and converted most of my dvd's and have noticed that when viewed full screen on my computer monitor, they arent very sharp. How do they look on the tv? Pictures would be great but arent needed.
     
  2. crotalus99 macrumors regular

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    I use handbrake with the appletv setting and go nuts and I really notice no difference from the original DVD. Most of my movie files are 2GB in size. My largest TV is a 50" LCD.

    What are you using to convert your DVD's and at what settings?
     
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    i rip using mactheripper and im converting with handbrake. i use the apple tv setting but up the bitrate to 3,000 and do 2 passes.
     
  4. LeoFio macrumors regular

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    Those are the same settings I use and they look good on my 40" LCD. Obviously it won't be an HD or upconvert-DVD quality picture, but it is still very watchable with a slightly worse picture than a non-upconverting DVD image.
     
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    After trying quite a few different methods, these settings below using the most current version of Handbrake (Version 0.9.2 (2008021900)) give me the best possible picture with 5.1 sound. The only exception is if the main feature/movie size is in the 2 1/2 hours or longer in length, I may have to reduce the average bitrate to 3000 or if after doing so, it's still larger than 4 GB where the bit rate is that low, I will split it into two titles (e.g Part I, Part II, etc.). I've only had to do this with 4 movies out of over 170 (all 3 LOTR extended editions and Amadeus with parts I & II for each feature).

    Of course with some older releases or lower budget stuff (music concerts, stand up comedy concerts, etc.), fast interlacing may be needed, so this will slow things down a bit more. Every once in a great while I'll also need to manually futz with the picture settings as the anamorphic strict won't be ideal, but for 85-90% of the features, my default settings below do the trick.

    I'm not terribly concerned with file size as I want video quality as close the original source as possible, but from my experience (and other feedback I've read), Handbrake crashes on any MP4s over 4 GB and the Apple TV has issues with them as well. My average feature size is approximately 3 GB and these settings do take some time to encode on my G4 Dual 1GHz MDD (6 1/2 to 9 hrs.), but I can't see the sense in making low-res versions as my main use is for in-home viewing on 42" screens and up... -TD

    Format: MP4
    Codecs: AVC/H.264 Video / AC3 Audio
    Framerate: Same as source
    Encoder: x264
    Quality: Average bitrate (kbps): 3500
    Picture settings: Anamorphic: strict
     
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