Upconverting for the MacTV? Why 720p!?!

Discussion in 'iPod' started by KLJennings, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. KLJennings macrumors member

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    Does anyone know if anyone is working on an upconverting solution for the MacTV? I know there was one introduced for the ipod at the CES. Why the heck didn't Apple just make it for resolutions up to 1080p or i?
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Erm...explain, please?
     
  3. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    It doesn't do 1080 resolutions natively IIRC, which is a bummer.
     
  4. KLJennings thread starter macrumors member

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    During the keynote, Steve said that it "delivers up to 720p of high-definition video." I am sure it will work on a TV capable of 1080i, but ...
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Mmm, technically, 720p is a higher resolution than 1080i. So saying it goes up to 720p doesn't rule out 1080i. Particularly when the specs clearly state that it supports 1080i.
     
  6. DeFett macrumors member

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    Sorry, can someone explain the difference between i and p. Thanks.
     
  7. Peterkro macrumors 68020

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    Upconverting,I've heard uglier words but not many.
     
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    I was under the impression that this only referred to the :apple:TV's ability to play video, not its output resolution. I'd be surprised if it didn't output pictures and its interface at 1080p, but didn't have the horsepower to decode 1080p video. It seems to be unclear, but maybe I've missed something.
     
  10. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    Most videophiles prefer 720p over 1080i anyway.

    I think I would, if I could see them running side by side.

    Who cares? It's not like iTunes videos are higher than 480p.
     
  11. nutmac macrumors 68030

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    Depends. For sports (or other programs shot in 60 frames per second), 720p can be superior. But for movies (or other 24 fps programs, such as most TV dramas), 1080i is better because many scalers do a transparent job converting it to 1080p.
     
  12. pseudobrit macrumors 68040

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    1080i is only 540 lines of data at a time.
     
  13. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    also most computer content is Progressive. Trying to play progressive material
    on an interlaced screen will make your eyes bleed. Its awful. So since most tv's are not 1080p the next highest progressive resolution is 720p.
     

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