Playing a 1080P video on a rMBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by phillips321, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. phillips321 macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2011

    Quick question.

    If i'm in retina mode and use VLC to play a 1080P video will it actually play in 1080P or will it scale down to 1440x900?

    I know i can scale my screen to 1920x1200 and that will play the video using full 1080p but wanted to know if the same applies when using the Retina (200DPI) mode?

  2. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    I am no entirely sure how VLC handles this, but if it has proper retina support, it should render the full 1080p video which gets upscaled to 2880x1800
  3. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2013
    It will play the video in 1080p since there are more then enough pixels, blacks bars will be present since retina isn't 16:9 but 16:10. On full screen, it will just try to fit 1080*1920 pixels on the retina screen (up scaling)On a non retina it will downscale the video since there aren't enough pixels to show all 1080*1920 pixels. Again with black bars since 1080p is 16:9 and Macs have 16:10 screen ratio.
  4. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    Even if you're at the best for Retina setting, it will always display photos/videos, etc. at an independent resolution. So yeah, 1080p.
  5. phillips321 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2011
  6. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    Might be beneficial to use some post processing if you are not on battery and the system can handle the load.
    VLC has some software alternative scaling methods and filters to do part of what any decent picture processor in your TV does.
    My system can only handle it on 720p material but with post processing you can get 720p material to look close to 1080p stuff on a 1080p native monitor.

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