1. WhackAttack's Avatar
    How many of you have been watching movies from itunes on your iPad?

    Do you get the HD or standard def? Gizmodo did a review recommending just standard

    Thoughts?
    04-15-2010 07:48 PM
  2. bcaslis#IM's Avatar
    The HD does look better than the SD but difference is not large. However the Star Trek HD version takes almost 4GB while the SD version takes 1.6GB. That's a significant difference.
    04-15-2010 09:25 PM
  3. durangojim#AC's Avatar
    How many of you have been watching movies from itunes on your iPad?

    Do you get the HD or standard def? Gizmodo did a review recommending just standard

    Thoughts?
    Do you have a link to the article? I can't seem to find it on Gizmodo.
    04-16-2010 10:26 AM
  4. Dyvim's Avatar
    It also depends a lot on the age of your files. iTunes movies from a couple years ago were not anamorphically encoded. e.g. a 16:9 movie was encoded at 640x360 and ~1.5Mbps and would play back at the same resolution (scaled up of course). Newer 16:9 SD movies are encoded anamorphically at 640x480 and ~2Mbps and play back at 853x480 resolution. The key point being that the new codes store 33% more pixels vertically than before and use a higher bitrate to do it. In layman's terms, the newer SD encodes look better than they used to. 16:9 HD encodes are 1280 x 720 and ~4Mbps, but on the iPad screen are scaled down to 1024 x 576 (letterbox mode). So there's not a huge difference between that and the newer 853 x 480 SD films (which of course are scaled up to 1024 x 576 for playback on the iPad).
    04-16-2010 11:08 AM
  5. Jeremy's Avatar
    I have not tried movies from iTunes but you can definitely tell the difference with SD videos on YouTube compared to HD videos. The difference is pretty clear.
    04-16-2010 08:24 PM
  6. jexner325's Avatar
    The HD does look better than the SD but difference is not large. However the Star Trek HD version takes almost 4GB while the SD version takes 1.6GB. That's a significant difference.
    I was wondering how much larger the HD files were. I asked the Apple "Genius" and he told me that Apple reccomends the HD version for the iPad as it makes a "significant" difference. But I don't think the extra space required to make a movie look slightly better is worth it to me.

    Now if the iPad could output in full 1080p to my HDTV I would definitely think about it.
    04-17-2010 12:38 AM
  7. Dyvim's Avatar
    HD movies are about twice as big as the iTunes SD ones.
    04-17-2010 08:24 AM
  8. appezzy's Avatar
    The SD movies do look pretty good, not as good as the HD but its pretty minimal in my opinion. I try and conserve space so prefer the SD
    04-19-2010 09:27 PM
  9. VLennert's Avatar
    I asked the Apple "Genius" and he told me that Apple reccomends the HD version for the iPad as it makes a "significant" difference. But I don't think the extra space required to make a movie look slightly better is worth it to me.
    Of course they are going to reccomend the HD movies..they're making more money off you if you go the HD route!
    04-19-2010 09:29 PM
  10. west3man's Avatar
    I've watched Netflix but iTunes downloads are more of a pain, I would imagine.
    04-20-2010 03:42 PM
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