What are Apples movie specs?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ozzyman500, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. ozzyman500 macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2009
    What dimensions and bitrate do Apple use for their movies? I'm currently using for my DVD's are 640x480 at 192kbps. It looks alright on the iPhone but if I ever need to use it on a TV I'm sure it will look terrible. Any advice? Thanks.

    Oh, I'm not talking about what they used before...I mean in the now, but not for the HD movies.
  2. spice weasel macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    What are you using to encode your movies? And why are you forcing them into 4:3? Also, I assume the 192 kbps is for audio, correct?

    Use HandBrake and select the Universal preset. This will give you great quality on a television screen, but will also work with iPods and iPhones.
  3. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    Apple encodes at 640x480, however they use anamorphic encoding so the resulting file is 853x480 (for 16x9).

    Handbrake uses a similar method, and as stated above, just use the Universal Preset. It will be DVD quality and compatible with everything.
  4. ozzyman500 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2009
    I could never get Handbrake to work. I'm on Vista and every time I go to encode I have no idea what's going on...any step by step instructions you can give me?
  5. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    I don't use Windows, but you have to make sure the DVD is ripped first because Handbrake on Windows cannot decode the copy protection.

    Try the Handbrake Forum.
  6. fpnc macrumors 68000

    Oct 30, 2002
    San Diego, CA
    The bitrates on Apple's standard definition movies and videos run about 1.5Mbps. They are using an H.264 codec but even with that I don't think those bitrates can fully capture the quality in a DVD. Thus, Apple's standard definition quality is somewhat below what you will see on a DVD. Some people say that H.264 is four times "better" than MPEG2 (i.e. equivalent quality at one fourth the bitrate) but I think it is closer to about 2X (or one half the bitrate). If you use that rule then a typical 5Mbps DVD should be encoded in H.264 at 2.5Mbps (IMO).

    The HD content (720p) from the Apple Store is similarly over compressed (although it is at a higher bitrate than the standard definition video).

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