Rent Movies - SD or HD?

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    Hey guys

    Just wondering- if you're only going to watch the rented movies on the iPad,
    is it worth getting the HD rental and pay extra, or just stick to the SD quality?
    Do you notice the difference on the iPad?


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    Alexander
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    720p videos are 1280x720 resolution.
    Standard definition videos are 720x480 resolution.

    The iPad's screen is 1024x768, so you won't watch an HD in it's full resolution unless you zoom in, and then the sides are cropped significantly. On the other hand you'll have to upscale the standard definition to fit the screen. My suggestion is to download an HD trailer and an SD trailer and see if you can live with the SD or pay the extra for HD.
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    When you say "download an HD trailer", do you mean press the "preview" button? I tried that, and I couldnt see the difference... Maybe I need to try with some other movies ;)
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    there is a difference, but it's not huge. but HD definitely does look better.
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    Its cool to see people trying out stuff and reporting results. :thumbsup:
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    SD = Standard Definition, not an SD Card.
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    What are you hinting at?
    I aint suppose to try out anything. Simply asking if its worth it to pay extra to watch an HD movie on the iPad, instead of getting the cheaper SD one.

    Btw Im ofc talking about renting movies on the iTunes Store
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    I just meant comparing HD vs. SD on the iPad and seeing if the price was worth the difference. It would be cool to see them side-by-side.
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    Sure, telling me when you see a comparison out there. So I dont have to waste my money on the same movie to get it twice ;)
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    Better yet, you download a movie in SD, and I'll get in HD. Then you fly to Switzerland and we'll compare. Tell you what, I'll even buy you a coffee when you get here. Think of the savings ;)
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    If you buy the flight ticket, its a deal ;)
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    Hm...hehe. How about a compromise. Can you take a screen shot with home+sleep during video playback?
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    Good idea! I might look into that.
    Have to figure out a movie though.
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    Can't you download an SD and HD trailer? I refuse to open iTunes on my iPad or I would :p
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    Not from what I can see. The only thing about "Trailer" is the "preview" button, but I dont think that changes. Not sure though.
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    Honestly save your money, SD will be fine on your Ipad, not worth the extra just to watch on there, now if your watching a HD on a full size HD TV then yes.

    You kind of answered you own question as well, when you said, I tried the trailers and there wasn't much difference, and thats just it, not enough to warrant the extra cost.
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    Nah I said that I wasnt sure if the preview showed the SD or HD clip.

    But thanks for the answer (answers).
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    I've been doing a lot of testing. BIG test results coming next weekend about video resolution conversion and the "sweet spot".
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    I think the HD rentals look fantastic(sorry, haven't rented SD yet), but if you've got a 16GB iPad beware. The HD movies are like 3.5GB.
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    You can simply download an SD and HD (720p) trailer from any movie of your choice from Movie Trailers - iTunes and upload it to your iPad via iTunes. The 480p and 720p resolutions are what will be delivered to you when you rent.

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