Question about iMac.

eyipyip

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Jul 20, 2005
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Hi guys,

I am looking to buy a 20" iMac G5 but I still have a question in mind.

Would the 20" iMac G5 be recommand to play widescreen DVD movies? Will the iMac eliminate the top and the bottom of the black part when a widescreen movie is playing? Would it be able to play High Definition content?

Thanks for answering.
 

risc

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Jul 23, 2004
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eyipyip said:
Hi guys,

I am looking to buy a 20" iMac G5 but I still have a question in mind.

Would the 20" iMac G5 be recommand to play widescreen DVD movies? Will the iMac eliminate the top and the bottom of the black part when a widescreen movie is playing? Would it be able to play High Definition content?

Thanks for answering.
Most DVDs are 16:9 the iMac G5 20" is 16:10 so yes there are black bars around the picture. The 20" monitor can play 720p HD but 1080p would be scaled down.
 

skubish

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DVDs would play pretty well on an iMac. Bear in my that there are 2 different widescreen aspect ratios 1.8 (16:9) and 2.18 (or something). I believe 16:9 will mostly fill the screen.

I also wanted to comment that DVDs are not high definition. They are only 480p. You need 720p or 1080i to be considered high definition. If you are talking about capturing video from a high def camera and playing it, yeah the iMac will do that.
 

~Shard~

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Good question, but I don't think you'll run into an problems. 720p would play perfectly, 1080 would be scaled, but that's rather moot. The screen can definitely handle it though. :cool:
 

crazzyeddie

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The real question is: what high-def content are you going to want to play? Real HD content takes a ton of CPU power that even a 2ghz G5 (on the 20") might not be able to handle...
 

~Shard~

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crazzyeddie said:
The real question is: what high-def content are you going to want to play? Real HD content takes a ton of CPU power that even a 2ghz G5 (on the 20") might not be able to handle...
Very good point.
 

Platform

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Apple's requirments for best viewing HD content

For 852x480 (480p) video at 24-30 frames per second:

QuickTime 7 for Mac OS X:
1.25 GHz PowerMac G4 or faster Macintosh computer
At least 128 MB of RAM
64 MB or greater video card

QuickTime 7 for Windows Public Preview:

2.8 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or faster processor
At least 256 MB of RAM
64 MB or greater video card

For 1280x720 (720p) video at 24-30 frames per second:

QuickTime 7 for Mac OS X:

1.8 GHz PowerMac G5 or faster Macintosh computer
At least 256 MB of RAM
64 MB or greater video card

QuickTime 7 for Windows Public Preview:

Dual 2.8 GHz Intel Xeon or faster processor
At least 1 GB of RAM
64 MB or greater video card

For 1920x1080 (1080p) video at 24-30 frames per second:
QuickTime 7 for Mac OS X:

Dual 2.0 GHz PowerMac G5 or faster Macintosh computer
At least 512 MB of RAM
128 MB or greater video card
Look at the Intel side....... :eek: :eek: And for 1080p they don't even show a system :eek: :p