MBP, high definition? huh?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by n8236, Mar 20, 2006.

  1. n8236 macrumors 65816

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    This is my first Mac, so please bare w/ me.

    After reading a few threads about MBPs playing some 1024 HD vidoe trailers from Apple's site, I totally got confused.

    From what I know, one can order HDTV. Some LCDs have HD compatibility, but mines doesn't.

    So my question is, is the MBP's screen HD compatible? Or what's all this 1024 HD video stuff all about? Thanks :)
     
  2. janey macrumors 603

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    Well, correct me if i'm wrong, but HDTV is a digital signal with a particular resolution (often denoted 720p, 1080i and such).

    Playing HD content requires a lot of processing power and such, and the Macbook is capable of decoding said HD content. Some TVs do too. Others require extra hardware ("HDTV ready"). The HD trailers are not HDTV. HDTV is HD content. HD trailers are HD content.

    1080p/1080p is equivalent to 1920x1080, while 720i/720p is 1280x720.

    The HD trailers are gorgeous, especially the better the computer and display :)

    http://www.apple.com/quicktime/guide/hd/
    http://www.apple.com/trailers/
     
  3. n8236 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So I just watched some 720p trailers and there was no lag, but the 1080p i think i'm getting 25 frames, which is noticable.

    So if i want to watch some 1080p DVDs, how do I attain that?
     
  4. Mord macrumors G4

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    to watch a 1080p dvd you wait a month or two buy a blu ray drive for about 1.5K then watch it as you would.

    oh and when you say your lcd do you man your macbooks, or do you mean a seperate lcd tv, if th latter it mor than likely is but was not advertised at the time.
     
  5. janey macrumors 603

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    bluray movies aren't coming out for a while, same to hddvd. HD content is a bit on the big side for a DVD.
     

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