Am I the only one who converts to native resolution?

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  1. ohsnap macrumors regular

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    I like to convert all my videos that I watch on my iPad (and I watch a lot) to the native screen resolution of the iPad. I hate seeing those black bars and it looks much more impressive when viewed in full screen. I also don't notice any squeezing when viewed on the iPad, so what are your reasons for keeping videos at its original resolution?

    Native resolution (640x368):
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    iPad Resolution (512x384):
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  3. HazyCloud, Jun 22, 2011
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    I prefer the first image as the image appears squeezed in the second one. I honestly don't convert/download any movies for my iPad. Netflix and Crackle suit me just fine.

    (I have 3 movies from iTunes but they were purchased before I got an iPad.)
     
  4. brucku macrumors regular

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    To each his own, but when i see squeezing like that, I would rather not watch the movie.
     
  5. HazyCloud macrumors 68030

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    Agreed. A friend of mine converted a lot of his movies and they look like utter crap on the iPad. It's better to just leave them the way the came, IMO.
     
  6. ohsnap thread starter macrumors regular

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    When watching it on my iPad i don't notice it I mean.
     
  7. Bartman01 macrumors regular

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    I guess if you hold the ipad at an extreme angle, it offsets the 'squeeze'. Can't imagine trying to use that over HDMI or AirPlay to a TV set.

    I don't convert anything for the 'ipad', I convert to 720p (Apple 2 present in Handbrake) for more 'universal' one-size-fits-all use.
     
  8. dejo Moderator

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    But the native resolution on the iPad is 1024x768, which neither of your examples are.
     
  9. Bluemeanie1976 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd rather have bars than squeeze it like that. *shudder
     
  10. xraytech macrumors 68020

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    YUCK!!!


    How can you not see the "Squeeze"?

    I guess you're still living in Standard Def.
     
  11. ohsnap, Jun 22, 2011
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    ohsnap thread starter macrumors regular

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    Half native resolution then. Saves space a lot of space without sacraficing video quality.

    This is what it looks like when viewed on my iPad:

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  12. FutureStan macrumors member

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    Well this settles it. You obviously don't care much about video quality nor do you notice it, and thats fine. But for me, I would never watch a stretched movie, let alone watching a stretched movie with "half native resolution". Thats very off putting.
     
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    Yup, just as we thought. Horribly squeezed.
     
  14. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    If you just don't like the letterbox bars, leave your movies the correct aspect ratio and double tap the screen to zoom in and lose the bars.

    Best of both worlds.
     
  15. xraytech, Jun 22, 2011
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    I'm trying to see the OP's point but...

    Original Aspect Ratio
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    Stretched to fit iPad Aspect Ratio
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    Original Aspect Ratio
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    Stretched to fit iPad Aspect Ratio
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    Original Aspect Ratio
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    Stretched to fit iPad Aspect Ratio
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    Still Yuck
     
  16. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Yep, terrbile.

    Just double-tap a video to blow it up. I do it sometimes. Yeah, you lose a little of the image but in many films it's still ok.

    And at any rate, it's 100x better than what you're doing.
     
  17. xraytech, Jun 22, 2011
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    For TV Content, maybe, but I still think it looks terrible.

    Original Aspect Ratio
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    Stretched to fit iPad Aspect Ratio
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    Original Aspect Ratio
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    Stretched to fit iPad Aspect Ratio
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    Original Aspect Ratio
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    Stretched to fit iPad Aspect Ratio
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  18. ohsnap thread starter macrumors regular

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    It looks more natural when actually watching it on the iPad.
     
  19. xraytech macrumors 68020

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    How is it "More Natural"?

    It's the exact same aspect ration if viewed on you iPad or on your computer screen.
     
  20. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    If it works for you, that's great. But I don't think you are going to convince anybody else that this is a better way, especially since it takes an extra step to convert it to the iPad aspect ratio. Even if people aren't bothered by the "squeeze," most of them aren't going to bother converting just so they can get rid of the black bars.
     
  21. xraytech, Jun 22, 2011
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    xraytech macrumors 68020

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    This thread reminds me of a conversation that I over heard at my local Target. It was way back when they were still selling Movies on VHS & DVDs. Basically the customer service guy was trying to explain "Why the Black Bars" to an older gentleman. I think the movie was Titanic.

    Anyways, Agreed. If the OP likes it that way, fine by me.

    Also the title of the thread should be changed to, "Am I the only one who converts to iPad Aspect Ratio? Cuz' native iPad resolution is not 640x368.
     
  22. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

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    The irony is that Babylon 5 was originally broadcast in 4:3, so theoretically you can get a version without black bars where it's not horribly squeezed like that. (It was filmed in widescreen, but the effects are all 4:3, so no matter which version you watch, something is cropped.)

    --Eric
     
  23. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    Agreed. What ever works for the OP so be it but it's not going to convince anyone else that it is acceptable because it's not. I still get baffled why black bars bother people and why they insist on getting rid of them at the expense of ruining the image. Everything should be watched in it's original aspect ratio despite the existence and size of the black bars.

    The only exception to this is when I'm watching old TV shows on my LCD TV originally filmed in 4:3 I rather watch them stretched on the SD channel rather then with black bars on either side on the HD channel equivalent.
     
  24. xraytech macrumors 68020

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    I so agree!!!

    Who in their right mind would view the Original Star Wars Trilogy cropped or squeezed to fill the screen. Sacrilege I tell yah, SACRILEGE!!!
     
  25. taipan61 macrumors 6502

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    in answer to the original question

    "Am I the only one who converts to native resolution?"

    yep, it appears so
     

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