Currently Being ModeratedMay 12, 2012 7:58 AM (in response to Albert Bloor)
I found that video compressed to about 10 to 12 Mb per second, turnout with reasonable quality on the Apple TV 3.
Compression is achieved by discarding information that the application thinks can be recreated when the file is decompressed. Decompression is not perfect, and the more compression that is used, the less likely it is that decompression will restore the file to its original quality.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 12, 2012 9:59 AM (in response to Albert Bloor)
Or just use the free and fast Handbrake on www.handbrake.fr
Use the "Apple TV 2" preset and change the resolution to 1920*1080 and you will get excellent results!
Also be sure to use the decomb filter if your FCP output is interlaced (which is less and less common)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 12, 2012 11:56 AM (in response to Winston Churchill)
Thanks "Winston" but I have to disagree.
First, Handbrake is not cheap, it is free.
And having bought the Final Cut Suite since the beginning, as well as the current Compressor, I find it a real pain to use and clearly cannot see any advantage in using it over Handbrake for compressing home movies for an Apple TV.
And if money is no issue andyou want the best possible quality for an Apple TV3 output, FCP X's H264 export option is certainly the way to go.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 12, 2012 12:03 PM (in response to Jerome Colas)
"Cheap and cheerful", is an expression to describe the basic qualities of the product, it is not an inference of its cost.
If you wish to disagree, that's fine, I'm not here to argue with anyone, compressor has many expert reviews which I'm sure the OP can read for themselves if they wish to do so.
I have FCPX and still use compressor.