is apple tv HD?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by rph105, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. rph105 macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2007
    ok im lookin to buy a new tv, its about time, gnna go hd, and get a 1080p, now i wanted to also buy apple tv, thought it would be convenient to watch my movies on there, and tv shows. now ive got a couple bluray and hd rips and they are .mkv files, how can i get them to play on apple tv and will they appear HD?
  2. Mindflux macrumors 68000


    Oct 20, 2007
    It's capable of 1080i, but not 1080p. Most iTunes movies/shows are 640x320 or something of that nature.
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    It will drive your 1080, but will only output 720. The best audio you can get is 5-channel surround (DPLII).
  4. rph105 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2007
    so if ive got a rip of ratatouille tht is 720p tht will work fine right?
  5. imlucid macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2007
    To be clear, ATV will output 720p and 1080i to a TV. It is limited to playing back 720p/24 content.

  6. tronic72 macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2007
    Surround Sound

    I think it's important to note that although the Apple TV is claimed to support 5 channel surround sound this is currently no way to get 5 channel surround which means that the Apple TV is really only good for Stereo. This is probably the Apple TVs most most requested and lacking feature.
  7. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    You might want to wait until the new AppleTV is released. Somebody here posted a screenshot yesterday of a page they came across at that seemed to be legit that showed new models with a new 2nd generation remote. You may want to see what differences there are in terms of video standards and locks against hackers.

    I couldn't find the post for you and am wondering if it was taken down. When I first saw it, it did look real and I could therefore see Apple legal asking to have it yanked.
  8. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    It was not real at all...photoshopped...however, I would wait until Macworld...It is very overdue for a software update at least, and by then the Hardware should get some kind of boost as well.
  9. mr_matalino macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2005
    It was fake.
  10. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Well, it should, provided you get it in a format that the Apple TV can decode, such as H.264. I don't have such content, so I've never tried.
  11. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    If you use Handbrake to transcode DVD VOB files into an H.264 file, it can encode Dolby Pro Logic II (5-channel) in the 2-channel stereo tracks, provided the VOB audio has 5.1 or 5-channel tracks. When you play them back on the ATV through the RCA stereo jacks connected to a receiver that can decode DPLII, you will get 5-channel surround. The problem, though, is that there is channel leakage and you don't get perfect channel separation. Most 5.1 receivers have the ability to mimic the LFE signal, but it's not as good as a true 5.1 signal.

    Hopefully, Apple will soon provide us with the ability to send a Dolby Digital or DTS (x.1 surround) signals to our receivers. Otherwise, the receiver makers will have to produce receivers with the ability to decode Quicktime 6-channel audio. I don't think that'll happen, but who knows? Some already include iPod connectors, so it's not inconceivable.

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