Pro Tip for Making Video Look Better on the Retina MacBook Pro

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  1. MICHAELSD, Feb 26, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2016

    MICHAELSD macrumors 68040

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    #1
    Pro tip: use an app such as QuickRes to switch the resolution to the native resolution of the display, such as 2880x1800 for the 15". When a video player is set to full-screen it will upscale much more sharply and precisely, and a good quality source will practically look like native 4K.

    I uploaded a comparison of this here (native 2880x1800 vs the simulated 1440x900), using a music video from Tidal in surprisingly extremely high quality 1080p:

    http://imgur.com/a/60kps

    If you zoom in on the top and bottom images, the bottom is noticeably more pixelated than the sharp top image. Although this is much more noticeable in motion.
     
  2. MICHAELSD, Feb 29, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 29, 2016

    MICHAELSD thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Just to demonstrate that there is a noticeable difference, here's the opening of House of Cards in 1080p.

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    (native resolution)

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    ("Best for Retina")
     
  3. MICHAELSD thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Native resolution is the display set at its native 2880x1800 resolution. If you zoom in on both there's a very noticeable difference, particularly noticeable in the sharpness of the buildings.
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    Extreme zoom to illustrate my point. (Top is using my pro tip, bottom is using the system's stock setting.)
     
  4. digitalm3 macrumors member

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    #4
    Great tip thank you, I don't have a Retina display yet but definitely something I will keep in mind in the coming weeks :)
     

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