iTunes HD movies vs normal?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by stanny, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2008
    I am thinking of buying some movies. Is there a big difference between HD and normal movies? I will watch them on my external display monitor (1600x900) which is connected to my 13" MBP. However, in the future, I would perhaps like to buy a new television and have something which can run iTunes hooked up to it, like perhaps an Apple tv? So I want to start building up a collection now. Any tips?
  2. macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2008
    iTunes HD encodes are all 720p resolution meaning 1280x720 in size (height may be different due to removal of black bars/area), whereas iTunes SD encodes are 640x480 in resolution/size (some may be a bit larger due to anamorphic settings).

    Your better off with the HD versions. Also it comes with a SD version, so you get both. Buy one HD film like Iron man 2 or something and see the difference yourself, to see if it is worth it. On a bigger screen it will definitely be worth the extra pixelage.

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