MediaFork Anamorphic (PAR) for Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by roland.g, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    The following quotes are from the Handbrake forums. According to their DOC on Anamorphic settings for MediaFork, you don't want to use the Anamorphic (PAR) checkbox for Apple TV or anything else that plays back in Quicktime, however I don't know if this is indeed true since we originally thought Apple TV would also be limited to 640x and it handles playback of 720x just fine.

    In trying to understand the optimal MediaFork settings, and I know everyone has their own opinion on Bitrate, Audio settings, and whether to use 720, 640, or other resolutions as well as constant quality vs. avg. bit rate, or even FPS same as source vs. specific settings, etc, I am trying to get a better handle on Anamorphic settings.

    I am trying to rip for example my LOTR trilogy and being I think a 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen I wonder what I need to do to indeed get the best resolution and preserve the original undistorted aspect ratio. I have tried ripping the 1st chapter in both regular 720x and Anamorphic (PAR). The first gives me 720x304 and the latter 716x360 (for some reason it auto-crops 2 from each side). Both play through Apple TV with one obviously taking more vertical space up at the same width. I however do not have a QT PRO 7 key and so have not reset the latters resolution to the 848x that MediaFork showed as the Anamorphic resoultion in the picture settings. This is all a little confusing and would appreciate any input/insight anyone has on the matter.

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