How good are iMac's at upscalling resolution?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by alexcarter123, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. alexcarter123 macrumors member

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    I am going to be getting the top end 24" 1920x1200 resolution, and will use it to watch quite a lot of videos, but obvioulsy none of these are that high a resolution, and some quite a lot lower. Even dvd's are far from this?
    Also, i will be using it with the eyetv, so just wondering what resolution standard uk freeview is broadcast in.

    So basically how good are iMacs with upscalling, and how much quality will i loose?
     
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  3. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

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    if you want DVD video to look sharp, you'll need to play it in "actual size" in the player of choice, and you will wind up with an image that takes up about 1/9 of your screen (1/3 of the height, 1/3 of the width).

    If you run it in "full screen", you will need to move back from the display a bit as it will look very fuzzy at normal computer viewing distances. A normal viewing distance for watching PAL on a 24" screen is about 2-3 meters. However, it will look no different than watching it on a HD TV.

    The iMac does not "uprez" the image like an uprez Blu-Ray player can uprez standard DVD resolution as far as I am aware.

    Now, if you are playing high rez video content (like shot on a HD camcorder or purchased from the iTunes store) it will look very good at normal computer viewing distances.
     
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Leopard's DVD Player app has very good upscaling. Just choose View > Deinterlace > Better and you should be set. If you have other video files, Plex has very good upscaling, too.
     
  5. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for correcting me Cave Man! :)
     

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