Question about iMac.

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by eyipyip, Jul 20, 2005.

  1. eyipyip macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    I am looking to buy a 20" iMac G5 but I still have a question in mind.

    Would the 20" iMac G5 be recommand to play widescreen DVD movies? Will the iMac eliminate the top and the bottom of the black part when a widescreen movie is playing? Would it be able to play High Definition content?

    Thanks for answering.
     
  2. risc macrumors 68030

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    Most DVDs are 16:9 the iMac G5 20" is 16:10 so yes there are black bars around the picture. The 20" monitor can play 720p HD but 1080p would be scaled down.
     
  3. skubish macrumors 68030

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    DVDs would play pretty well on an iMac. Bear in my that there are 2 different widescreen aspect ratios 1.8 (16:9) and 2.18 (or something). I believe 16:9 will mostly fill the screen.

    I also wanted to comment that DVDs are not high definition. They are only 480p. You need 720p or 1080i to be considered high definition. If you are talking about capturing video from a high def camera and playing it, yeah the iMac will do that.
     
  4. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Good question, but I don't think you'll run into an problems. 720p would play perfectly, 1080 would be scaled, but that's rather moot. The screen can definitely handle it though. :cool:
     
  5. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    The real question is: what high-def content are you going to want to play? Real HD content takes a ton of CPU power that even a 2ghz G5 (on the 20") might not be able to handle...
     
  6. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Very good point.
     
  7. Platform macrumors 68030

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    Apple's requirments for best viewing HD content

    For 852x480 (480p) video at 24-30 frames per second:

    QuickTime 7 for Mac OS X:
    1.25 GHz PowerMac G4 or faster Macintosh computer
    At least 128 MB of RAM
    64 MB or greater video card

    QuickTime 7 for Windows Public Preview:

    2.8 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or faster processor
    At least 256 MB of RAM
    64 MB or greater video card

    For 1280x720 (720p) video at 24-30 frames per second:

    QuickTime 7 for Mac OS X:

    1.8 GHz PowerMac G5 or faster Macintosh computer
    At least 256 MB of RAM
    64 MB or greater video card

    QuickTime 7 for Windows Public Preview:

    Dual 2.8 GHz Intel Xeon or faster processor
    At least 1 GB of RAM
    64 MB or greater video card

    For 1920x1080 (1080p) video at 24-30 frames per second:
    QuickTime 7 for Mac OS X:

    Dual 2.0 GHz PowerMac G5 or faster Macintosh computer
    At least 512 MB of RAM
    128 MB or greater video card
    Look at the Intel side....... :eek: :eek: And for 1080p they don't even show a system :eek: :p
     

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