iPad+Disney's Earth=WOW

mbell75

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Layed in bed and watched this last night in HD, totally awesome!
 

drew0020

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I can't watch any movies for critical viewing on such a low res screen. Certain tv shows are fine. If you watch in widescreen (which almost all content is nowadays) you aren't even getting the full 720p resolution due to the unused pixels depending on the aspect ratio of the program.
 

Mitchrapp

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I can't watch any movies for critical viewing on such a low res screen. Certain tv shows are fine. If you watch in widescreen (which almost all content is nowadays) you aren't even getting the full 720p resolution due to the unused pixels depending on the aspect ratio of the program.
Wha?
 

ClaireL

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I can't watch any movies for critical viewing on such a low res screen. Certain tv shows are fine. If you watch in widescreen (which almost all content is nowadays) you aren't even getting the full 720p resolution due to the unused pixels depending on the aspect ratio of the program.
Speak for yourself! I absolutely love watching HD videos on my iPad and don't care if they are only 720p or not. It looks good enough to me!

To the original poster, I'm glad you are enjoying Disney's Earth :)
 

normwood

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In a house...duh!
I can't watch any movies for critical viewing on such a low res screen. Certain tv shows are fine. If you watch in widescreen (which almost all content is nowadays) you aren't even getting the full 720p resolution due to the unused pixels depending on the aspect ratio of the program.
I tried to think of something constructive to say....but I can't. Get a life....seriously!

Steve
 

drew0020

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The screen looks good I just wanted to make sure people understand how much detail you are missing for HD programmig by watching on the iPad.
 

mbell75

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Hmmm. Well the screen was 2 feet from my face and I could see every detail in the animals, oceans, trees etc...I am a photographer/videographer and a total "pixel peeper". I noticed zero fragmenting or artifacts in the 90 minute movie. If its good enough for me, it should be for most others too. Sorry you think the screen is such low res :)
 

Silvereel

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I can't watch any movies for critical viewing on such a low res screen. Certain tv shows are fine. If you watch in widescreen (which almost all content is nowadays) you aren't even getting the full 720p resolution due to the unused pixels depending on the aspect ratio of the program.
You don't have an iPad or haven't tried watching film on it, have you?
 

drew0020

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You don't have an iPad or haven't tried watching film on it, have you?
I did have an iPad and I did watch stuff on it and like I said the screen and content look great. The fact is that the screen being 4*3 cannot resolve full 720p for any widescreen content. All I was saying was for me I can't watch a movie for the first time on this because I know how much detail I am missing even though it looks great.

For my critical viewing I watch it on a projector bit that's me.
 

coasterswim

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I can't watch any movies for critical viewing on such a low res screen. Certain tv shows are fine. If you watch in widescreen (which almost all content is nowadays) you aren't even getting the full 720p resolution due to the unused pixels depending on the aspect ratio of the program.
720p video on the iPad is not very far off from standard 720p

 

sassenach74

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What the fark is 'critical viewing'?
 

drew0020

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720p video on the iPad is not very far off from standard 720p

But then you need to factor in the lost pixels due to the 16*9 aspect ratio of most HD content. It will still look good but it's not really even 720p on the iPad unless you are watching 4*3 content.

Anyway it's not a big deal. I agree that it looks good. My other big hobby is vide projection so wanted to let people know that it gets
much better than this!
 

Silvereel

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But then you need to factor in the lost pixels due to the 16*9 aspect ratio of most HD content. It will still look good but it's not really even 720p on the iPad unless you are watching 4*3 content.

Anyway it's not a big deal. I agree that it looks good. My other big hobby is vide projection so wanted to let people know that it gets
much better than this!
Well, I guess it's fair to say that things tend to look better on bigger screens. But really, for the size of the screen and all the other things it does, the iPad definitely has an amazing display. I wouldn't mind to view films for the first time on it, and I doubt the average user would, either. For those of us who want higher quality video and music, there are plenty of other, more specialized (and way more expensive) systems out there.
 

samcraig

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People need to also learn the difference between pixels and bitrate.

Bitrate is something you should be more concerned about for viewing hi-def.
 

Mpalmieri1203

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Speak for yourself! I absolutely love watching HD videos on my iPad and don't care if they are only 720p or not. It looks good enough to me!

To the original poster, I'm glad you are enjoying Disney's Earth :)
but its not hd if its not 720?
 

Pressure

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You should watch the original BBC's Planet Earth. Better than Disney version.
If any of you liked BBC's "Planet Earth", you should definitely watch BBC's "Life". Their most expensive documentary yet, with even more stunning footage!

But please, do get the version which Sir David Attenborough narrated.

Highly recommended :)