What filetype to use?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by miTunes75, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. miTunes75 macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2006
    I'm starting to become more mobile and starting to watch video on my ipod more. However, I need to start converting my mp4 files for appletv to work on the ipod also. I know how to do this just fine with handbrake. My question is what file type do I use so that the same file can play on both devices? I will be purchasing an ipad with tax refund (thank you uncle sam) and I want the same file to work on that to.

    Any advice?
  2. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    If you use the Preset for Apple TV, it should work for any high-res Apple device, including the iPad.

  3. miTunes75 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2006
    I do use the preset, however, when I try to move the file form iTunes to the iPod touch, it says that it cannot be played on the iPod.
  4. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    Is it a 4th gen? If it's older, it won't be able to play videos as large as the newer ones can.
  5. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    It depends on what iPod you have. The latest iPod Touch has the same processor as the iPhone 4, ATV2, and iPad. Therefore if you use the ATV2 preset in Handbrake (allowing 1280x720p HD files), it will play on all of those devices. If you want to maximize compatibility with even the oldest iPods and don't mind sacrificing quality on your bigger screens you can use the Universal preset. There are other presets in between the two extremes I believe.

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