Forum Question: iMovie for iPhone Videos Not Working in Apple TV

Hey Gary I went on a family vacation this Fourth of July and tried out the iMovie app and was pleased. However, when I got home and pulled it off my iPhone (I exported as 720 HD) and dragged into iTunes and tried to sync to the Apple TV I got a warning that Apple TV could not play back. When I looked at the file in finder I noticed it was a .MOV file 1280 x 720. And I do not think that the Apple TV supports .MOV files in that dimension. Is this true on you experience? Another reason Apple needs to update the Apple TV. So I guess now I will have to use handbrake for this to playback on Apple TV. What are your thoughts?

— Michael

Comments: 6 Responses to “iMovie for iPhone Videos Not Working in Apple TV”

    7/7/10 @ 7:19 am

    Right. Apple TV doesn’t currently support 720p. It supports the equivalent of iMovie “Large” video — 960×540. But you don’t need to go to another program for the conversion. Just select the video in iTunes on your Mac and use the menu command: Advanced, Create iPad or Apple TV Version. This will convert it for Apple TV.

      Jason Hendriks
      12/22/10 @ 1:18 pm

      This isn’t true.. 1st gen Apple TV supports 1280×720 @ 24 fps just fine. See

      If you click the “inspect” icon for HD in the iMovie Share -> Export window, you’ll notice it is generating 1280×720 @ 30 fps. THAT’S your problem. The solution is to iMovie Share -> Export Using Quicktime -> Options and set it to 1280×720 @ 24 fps. Or use a program like Handbrake to convert the original exported file.

        12/22/10 @ 1:26 pm

        Interesting. So it supports 720p as long as it is 24fps. Odd that it would do that. Thanks for the info.

    7/7/10 @ 7:22 am

    Yea what I did was open in QuickTime and exported to iTunes and it worked. No big deal just an unneeded extra step. Funny how I can play back on my iPhone but not Apple TV:)

    7/7/10 @ 7:24 am

    Hey do you think it’s a Hardware limit or software limit that the Apple TV does not support these formats?

      7/7/10 @ 7:52 am

      Software. Because you can rent/buy 720p movies on AppleTV.

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