Maximum resolution AppleTV will play?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Andrew Henry, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. Andrew Henry macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2008
    Here we go, hopefully this doesn't break the rules, but I have a BUNCH of DVDs that I want to rip to send to my AppleTV, and I've found that I can download copies of my DVDs from the internet that are already ripped/encoded, from HD sources, so ultimately I can get better quality rips than I could do from the DVD, with less time consumption.

    My question is, will the AppleTV play 720p videos encoded to MPEG4 from HD / Blu-Ray source?

    And I thought I read somewhere that if the file was over 4gb it can't be streamed to the AppleTV ?

    Sorry if this has been posted before, I search back a couple of pages with nothing.
  2. MikieMikie macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    Newton, MA
    It depends on how your equipment performs. Clearly, the Apple TV will display 720p 24fps, since that is what you can rent from the ITMS.

    It (apparently) does better with 1080p source material than 720p source material for conversion purposes.

    The 4 GB limit is an old one. The new 64bit H.264 files have no such limit. iTunes, QuickTime and Apple TV can all handle files of large size. In addition, encoding programs such as Handbrake, and tagging programs like MetaX, will handle large files.
  3. secondcup macrumors member


    Feb 12, 2008
  4. mallbritton macrumors 6502a

    Nov 26, 2006
    You might try looking at the :apple:TV Tech Specs page Apple has helpfully provided. The section on Video Formats Supported contains the information you are seeking.

  5. MikieMikie macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    Newton, MA

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