Can Ipad 2 play 720p + Movies?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Pengapine, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. Pengapine macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2011
    Hi everyone,

    I currently have the Gen 1 Ipad player and couldn't be happier. I generally like to read ebooks and watch movies/ netflix on it. Originally my wife made fun of me for getting one, now I have to fight for it to use it! So now, I am contemplating getting his and hers....

    The only hiccup that I have with my current Gen 1 Ipad is that processor isn't powerful enough to play HD movies. 480p is no problem, but when I try to load anything above 720p, VLC player has difficulty playing the film. So here's my question- is the current Gen 2 Ipad powerful enough to play HD movies (720p +)? Or should I wait for Ipad 3?

    Thanks for your input!
  2. psonice macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2005
    Yes, it'll play 720p. The iPad 1 plays them too so far as I know.

    Where you're going wrong is using VLC - if you use the standard video player, with a standard mp4 file, the iPad has a bit of hardware that plays the video and it'll use it. It'll play perfectly smoothly, and with really long battery life, instead of not playing properly and eating the battery.
  3. NameUndecided macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2011
    Also look into the Air Video app that allows you to stream video in pretty much any format from your computer's hard drive to your iPad in really fine quality. So if you're doing enough of your movie watching around the house, or while with a wi-fi connection and your computer at home is turned on, then that could work out really well for you.
  4. Pengapine thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2011
    Thanks for the responses!

    Yes, I do also have AirVideo and it is awesome! The problem that I have with the native video app is that it requires that one extra step for conversion. Whe I am in the house, streaming is no problem. But if I am on the plane or bringing the movies along, it's really time consuming to have to convert them before loading it on the Ipad. Most movies that I have are in high quality MKVs and without converting it to another format, Ipad's native video app won't play it.

    Is there another video app that you would recommend that I can try? VLC thus far has been the easiest to use IMHO.

    I guess I am also asking whether other ppl have experience using VLC with Ipad 2. Is it capable of playing mkv videos that are 720 and above?

  5. Moe UK macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2009
    I use AVPlayer HD and that works fine for 720p mkv files on the iPad 2. Main reason I am up grading my phone to the 4s as I agree converting videos is a waste of time.
  6. crazycap macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2006
    Your iPad 1 is more than capable to play high profile 720p mkv, in fact in handles 1080p fine. The catch is it needed to be jailbroken.

    If you are still on ios4 then you are good to go. Just need to jailbreak and install xbmc (search on Google for howto)

    If you never jailbroken before and are on ios5 you have to live with tether jailbreak for now (means u need a computer nearby for the iPad to reboot, which I probably did twice for the last 3 mth) then install XBMC.

    XBMC can play movies unconverted (mkv,avi,rmvb) natively as well as stream them off a smb share in your home network.

    Appstore solution like AVplayrer HD won't fare as good on the ipad 1 cuz it doesnt take advantage of the GPU hardware decode of mkv

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