Is there a difference in video quality between 720p and DVD?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by Absolute-Zero, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Absolute-Zero macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2010
    Is there a noticeable difference between watching a 720p video and a ripped DVD video on an iPod Touch? I like to watch my videos on my iPod Touch, but since Mac does not support Blu-Ray I have no choice, but to get the standard DVD version of a movie or show I want to watch.
  2. I like all OS's macrumors newbie

    I like all OS's

    Jul 5, 2011
    There will be a difference in how crisp the image is, ie the DVD Standard Definition is bound to be more blurred but it will take far less space. Personally, video on any iDevice aside from an iPad is kind of a waste of space seeing how small the screens are XD
  3. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Depends if you have a 4th gen iPod touch, if so then it will. I made a post on this a while ago, I'll find it later.
  4. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    As others have stated 720p is higher resolution that a DVD so if you can get 720p files, go for it.
  5. davegoody macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2003
    Reading, Berkshire, England
    More than just resolution

    The way colour is encoded (or color for all you Yanks ;) ) is far different between, say an NTSC encoded DVD and a 720p MKV file for instance. Colour is FAR better with an HD source due to the way that the colour information is encoded. Far less bleed, brighter and more lifelike images, on a frame-by-frame basis.

    HD is the way to go, even if viewing on a less than ideal platform.
  6. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Care to explain that?
  7. Farthen macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2009
    The point is that America used NTSC before. We in Europe always used PAL which is a far better than NTSC. NTSC had the problems stated above, PAL not really. That's why switching to HD is a much bigger step for Americans than it is for us Europeans.
  8. 7thMac macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2010
  9. Brucewl macrumors 6502


    Sep 15, 2010
    I think the 480 version is almost the same as 720P in your ipod Touch 4G, it's my personal experience.
  10. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    DVDs are 480p and 720p is, well, 720p.
    Basically video quality is better on 720p but takes up more space. If you aren't concerned with video quality and want to save space, go with DVD. If you don't care about space but want the best quality, go with 720p.

    I personally try to download and play the highest quality I can.
  11. mlmwalt macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2010
    Philadelphia, Pa, USA
    Use the highest quality you can. That way when you get the newer/better Touch in the future these files won't totally suck.
  12. scoobydoozie macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2011
    Go with highest quality

    From my very recent experience.... I ripped all seasons of Babylon 5 (on DVD) using Handbrake a year ago using the iPad profile. But..... I received an Apple TV as a gift and wow, the quality of these ripped episodes on our 65" television via Apple TV sucks... So, now I'm going back and re-ripping all episodes. Do it as highest quality the first time so you don't have to go back and re-rip them later. This has become a real pita for me....... PS - I love my Apple TV!!!!! So much easier than search thru the DVD library for the last episode I watched. Apple TV keeps track of that for me and is soooo easy to use! good luck!
  13. ESPN macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2011
    For people with good vision, it would be noticeable that DVD has slightly less quality, I still don't believe 720p as HD even if its coined as it.

    DVD < 720P < Blu ray/1080/i/p
  14. bobby68 macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2009
    NTSC DVDs are 480p.

    PAL DVDs are 576p.
  15. Tech Elementz macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2011
    I am pretty sure that DVD quality is 480P or high quality, while 720P is a lower HD quality than 1080P HD. As for rips, I am not sure about the difference, especially on an iPod Touch.

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