Originally Posted by amattiel
Hello - looking to purchase an APPLE TV....I read this thread and use HANDBRAKE and MTR as well. It seems to get DVD's to play through an APPLE TV - it must be in iTUNES -if I use HANDBRAKE as per this discussion - DO I GET HD and 5.1 surround? The APPLE TV will be HDMI to the Receiver and then to the SONY TV.....
HD? Define HD? DVDs only have 480 lines of resolution, and yes, Handbrake will create files that have up to 480 lines of resolution (but will generally be less due to the anamorphic nature of most DVDs).
As for 5.1, you'll get that too if you select the Apple TV preset (or enable it manually).
FWIW, the average ~2hr movie encoded with the Apple TV preset gives files that are approximately 2gb in size. Much larger than their DivX counterpart, but still less than half the size of the average VIDEO_TS folder the original poster was asking about (which will play if you hack your Apple TV, which you really should do if you want it to be an entirely useful device).