1080p looked awful with iMac 27”

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  1. Sodium Chloride, May 30, 2019
    Last edited: May 30, 2019

    Sodium Chloride macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2017
    Is it just me or do you agree that 1080p video looked awful when being seen with a 27” iMac? I went to BB and view some HD trailers from iTunes like Baraka and Finding Nemo. The movies looked soft. They are actually much sharper with my 12.9” iPad Pro. Is it because the movies need to be scaled up 7 times their original resolutions?

    How about standard 480p? How bad does it look like when watching standard definition video with a 5k monitor?
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Wouldn't any specific video look "sharper" on a 12.9-inch screen compared to a 27-inch screen?

    How a video looks on that 27-inch screen depends a lot on how it is encoded (amount of compression etc.).
  3. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    The video looks softer when it has to be upscaled, but you're not losing any detail you would see on a native 1080p screen. It may appear sharper on the iPad Pro because it's smaller and has a higher pixel density (same thing would happen if you move back and look at the iMac from a distance), but again, you're looking at the same amount of detail.
  4. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    If you think about it, even SD picture looked sharp on those sub-20" CRT screens. It all comes down to pixel size.
    To see it in full beauty on 27" iMac screen, you need to view it in 1:1 (100%) scaling. Only then corresponds every movie pixel to a single screen pixel.
    On that 5K screen it will just be small, like this:
    Screenshot 2019-05-30 at 20.14.53.png

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