High definition screen on Alu macbook?

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  1. macmike22 macrumors regular

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    Hey
    Can my Aluminum macbook play High definition DVDs? Will it play them to their highest definition? Forgive me for the possible stupid question, I just wanted to make sure before I blow my money on some HD DVDS.
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Nothing plays HD DVDs anymore. HD DVD lost. There is no HD DVD player/burner in any Mac. It doesn't have an HD screen, anyway. It doesn't even support the protocol to play the disks if you attach an external player.
     
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    :confused:

    What are you talking about?

    MacBook - 1280 by 800 (native)
    720p (aka HD) - 1280 by 720
     
  5. macmike22 thread starter macrumors regular

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    oh so if one was to download some HD movies, it would play in HD?
     
  6. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    720p content (which is indeed "HD") will play at full res on your MacBook.
     
  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    HD is 1920x1080 (1920x1200, 16:10) and up. I don't really see why people call 720p HD. Just because it's larger than what has been deemed standard definition? By that logic 1440x900 is HD and people certainly don't call it such.
     
  8. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    720p, 1800i and 1080p are considered high definition video standards. Specifically, broadcast HD video standards.

    More importantly, these are the standards content producers release their content in. So, in the end ... isn't that what matters?

    (and yes, anything above standard definition is, by definition, high definition)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-definition_video - Read the external links, if you like.
     
  9. VSMacOne macrumors 601

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    It plays HD videos very nicely... Go to YouTube and watch a video in High Definition and you'll see a difference.. It looks great!
     
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    Some people probably call anything greater than standard definition "HD"
     
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    I think Apple has movie trailers in HD as well dont they?
     
  12. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    All I'm saying is: Who decided that, anyway? :p

    Does it make sense to come up with HD and then market something else as "true" HD?

    What's the point of designing something to be a lie from the day it was invented? :D

    Ah, well. You're right. It being chosen as a content standard is all that matters.
     
  13. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    Only Sony's Marketing team, my friend. Only Sony's marketing team dubbed 1080p as "true" HD. ;)

    How that caught on is beyond me.

    And yes, for the record, I'd love it if the MacBook had a higher res screen - 1920 x 1080 would be oh so tasty.
     
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    1920x1200 (It's 16:10, remember?) on a 13.3" screen would be murder without resolution independence, don't you think? :rolleyes: Can you imagine the cursor size?
     
  15. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    hahah, ya. Some serious resolution independence would be in order.

    But still ... could you imagine? Watching some crazy 1080p, full colour bit-depth content on it? It'd be *nuts*.

    Thank god video playback is GPU assisted now ;)
     
  16. macmike22 thread starter macrumors regular

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    so guys, if i was to download some hd content or buy a HD DVD, they would play in HD?
     
  17. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    If you download 1080 HD content, it really won't look redeemingly better than SD content on that screen.

    And like I said before, HD DVDs don't work period. It's hardware.
     
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  20. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    If you're downloading HD content, such as movies or trailers from Apple.com, always get the 720p option.

    It's a smaller file, less CPU intensive and will look best on the MacBook screen.
     
  21. mbleopard macrumors regular

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    on anything smaller than maybe a 37-42" screen you wont notice a difference in the quality between 720p and 1080i
     
  22. John585 macrumors member

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    what about connecting the mb to an external display or tv. Would it be able to play full HD?
     
  23. newmacnooby macrumors regular

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    hi! im buying a macbook pro 15" i5 this moth or the next (my first mac, very excied :) ), and im thinking on getting the extra hi res display (1680-by-1050), is it really worth it or will it look the same?
     

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