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HD vs. SD videos on the iPad

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by MikeD, Sep 16, 2010.

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    Obviously there's a huge difference between 720p and 480p on a big TV, but what about on a 9.7 inch screen? Is the difference noticeable?
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    There is a very noticeable difference, and I have screenshots to prove it. Yes, you are right that the difference on a big TV is much more visible than on a smaller screen, but HD videos on the iPad are definitely worth it.

    I have season 3 of The Big Bang Theory on DVD and Blu-ray, ripped both, and put the episodes on my iPad. The DVD was ripped in 480p and the Blu-ray was ripped in 720p. I took two screenshots of each file, one with the black bars and the other zoomed in.

    EDIT - I didn't realize the pictures would be this small, but here they are, in this order: 720p zoomed, 480p zoomed, 720p wide, 480p wide.

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    As others have stated, yes it is noticeable.

    You are probably seeing a bigger "screen" when holding your iPhone at normal viewing distances than you are that big screen TV. Perspective and all that.



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    The pics are good, but a bit of an apples/oranges comparison. That is really useful if you are starting from an HD source like BluRay. But if you ripped a DVD at both 480p and 720p, there should be no difference, since either way you are upscaling.
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    I ripped a DVD in 480p, and a Blu-ray in 720p. They were different sources.
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    Huge difference in file size too.
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    If there wasn't I suspect this thread wouldn't exist. :)



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    There could be another remark here but I will hold my tongue on this one.
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    I found that movies purchased from iTunes made little difference in SD or HD, but old VHS tapes that I was able to convert to .mp4 files did show differently. The old VHS converts were much better in HD due to greater pixilation in SD. I guess the critical difference is the quality of the source data (duhhh?).

    This iPad is my first Apple product purchase, and I absolutely love it!

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