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Old Nov 2, 2012, 08:11 PM   #1
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Cannot view HD Movies on the iPad Mini

I just got my mini about an hour ago, yea UPS was late, but it seems I can't view any movies from my Home Shared iTunes library marked as "HD."

This isn't my first time using an iPad and the movies show up fine on my Apple TV, 3rd gen iPad and my iPhone 5 so what gives? There's no setting in the preferences and I can't think of anything else.

Did I miss something or does the iPad mini just not do HD?
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 08:30 PM   #2
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Can anyone confirm this?
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 09:08 PM   #3
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Can anyone confirm this?
I can confirm this for you, I just tried to sync using iTunes and it will NOT let me sync/stream/play HD content!




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Old Nov 2, 2012, 09:12 PM   #4
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Are you trying to do 1080p? I'd try 720.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 09:16 PM   #5
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Are you trying to do 1080p? I'd try 720.
Yes, 720p works so I'm incorrect about all HD content, but what doesn't make sense is the iPhone 5 (yes, retina, i know) is almost the same pixel size but can still play 1080p? That just doesn't make sense.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 09:19 PM   #6
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good to know this...kinda a pain in the butt though.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 09:20 PM   #7
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This doesn't make sense. The technical specs for the mini and regular iPad are the same for video playback.

http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/

http://www.apple.com/ipad-mini/specs/

Hopefully it's a software issue.
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 03:19 AM   #8
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Yes, 720p works so I'm incorrect about all HD content, but what doesn't make sense is the iPhone 5 (yes, retina, i know) is almost the same pixel size but can still play 1080p? That just doesn't make sense.
That has nothing to do with the screen resolution or size, that's a processor issue. 1080p takes quite a bit of power to play it smooth.
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 10:53 AM   #9
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you wouldn't notice a difference between 720p and 1080p on a screen of that size
What about when the video is played on an HDTV? You think one might notice a difference then?
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What about when the video is played on an HDTV? You think one might notice a difference then?
what size hdtv
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 11:09 AM   #11
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Have you tried tagging the movie as 720 instead of 1080? Yes I know the movie is 1080 but actually changing the tag within the file (with subler or something similiar).

I know this solved some problem streaming 1080 movies to Apple TV before
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 11:13 AM   #12
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I thought iOS just worked and iTunes was hassle free?
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 11:23 AM   #13
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I thought iOS just worked and iTunes was hassle free?
That's what Apple told us, but they lied.
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 11:54 AM   #14
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Cool HD movies work fine on iPad mini for me

I bought a 1080p HD movie on iTunes, synched it with my mini an it plays fine. I don't know what problem people are running into, but the mini can certainly play HD movies just fine.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 02:13 PM   #15
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1080p tagged movies now play in Video app 6.1

A nice bug fix in today's 6.1 iOS update is that 1080p movies are no longer missing from the streamed area of the Video app. Prior to this only <1080p movies, or 1080p movies re-tagged as less than 1080p, or only synched 1080p movies would show up in the Video app. Now they all do... and play too.
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 11:48 AM   #16
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So if I buy or rent a movie on a mini from iTunes it will automatically come in sd format? What about re downloading previous purchases made using a 4th gen Touch?(retina screen)?
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 11:53 AM   #17
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I was able to load a HD movie on to the mini iPad without any issues.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 07:04 PM   #18
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And people say that Android sucks

Even my $90 Nook Tablet (running Cyanogenmod 10) can play 1080P videos just fine.
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Even my $90 Nook Tablet (running Cyanogenmod 10) can play 1080P videos just fine.
Did you read the thread or just post after reading the title? The mini can play 1080p just fine.
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iPad Mini - 720p

iPad 4 - 1080p
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It's not about screen resolution, it's about being able to stream 1080p. Up until this update, if you had a 1080p movie in iTunes, the Video app would not see it (as if it wasn't there). If you synched it to the iPad, it would show it as a watchable video and play just fine. But for streaming, it was invisible.

If you retagged at 1080p video as 720p, it would see it for streaming (even though it was still a 1080p video). So just the tag seemed to make a difference for this particular bug. With this update, that bug is fixed. Now it sees 1080p videos for streaming. And they play just fine.

Yes, on a Mini- which doesn't have 1920x1080 pixels- it is not displaying full 1080p (it is down-converting it to 1024x768). But the key is that it can play 1080p files so we don't have to make special copies for this iPad (or use tag trickery). One master file fits all now.

I hope that clarifies things. The win for iOS users is an extra bug is fixed in the Video app. The win for Android tablets is that some of them have higher resolution than iPad Mini (for now).

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iPad Mini - 720p

iPad 4 - 1080p
Nope, the mini can "play" 1080p. Sure the screen isn't 1920x1080, but it's also not 1280x720.

From Apple:

Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG‑4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
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