Is a standard Mac capable of HD on-screen?

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  1. Mac Rules macrumors 6502

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    Hi guys n girls,

    OK, I was just wondering, seeing how OSX runs at such a high resolution on a MB, MBP, etc screen, i.e more than 1080 horizontal lines... Does that mean that Macs, and indeed any screen capable of this many lines can show HD pictures?

    i'm sorry if this is a stupid question with an obvious answer... but thanks

    Cheers
     
  2. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    You can try out the Apple HD trailers on their site.

    Here are the requirements:
     
  3. JAT macrumors 603

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    Actually, the screens on the laptops are:

    MB: 1280x800
    MBP: 1440x900 (also iMac 17)
    MBP17: 1650x1050 (also iMac 20)

    None of those are over 1080 horizontal lines. But any of them can do HD material, either 720 in native resolution or 1080 on an external monitor.
     
  4. pdpfilms macrumors 68020

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    Not to say they can't do 1080, but just not in full resolution.
     
  5. Mac Rules thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh right, so as HD is classed as either 1080 or 720, I'm not sure o fthe other numbers, that means all mac displays can display the 720 HD? So technically they can show HD quality material, just not at the absolute resolution eg 1080?

    Cheers
     
  6. JAT macrumors 603

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    It's not "classed" as 720 or 1080, it just is. Those are the resolutions of native HD material. Whether shot on HD video, like a football game, or downrezzed from film for a Hollywood movie, like an HD-DVD disc.

    All the Intel machines are very capable (except maybe the Mini Solo) of any form of HD playback, assuming you have all the appropriate software loaded up. There have been many threads on this if you do a search. The processors are fast enough.

    It's just that you can't fit 1080 on their screens since they aren't that big (in terms of pixels), you would need a 1080 HDTV or a large external monitor to actually fit all the pixels viewable. You seemed to be talking about the screen specifically in the OP, so I brought this up.

    So, if you are downloading an HD trailer to play on your 1280x800 Macbook screen, there is little point in waiting for the larger 1080 version, download a 720 version that will almost fill the screen natively.
     
  7. Mac Rules thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Cheers mate, Ithink I get it now, very useful to know!

    Thanks everyone for your help
     
  8. yippy macrumors 68020

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    The 1080 is not the horizontal resolution though. It is the shorter vertical resolution. In this case no Mac has a built in screen big enough to show it at full resolution.
     
  9. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Just as an endnote:

    The Nasa HD video from the apple website looks incredible on my MBP!!! :D :D :D

    I can't wait for BlueRay/HD DVD!!!
     

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