Retina quality vids on Youtube/Vimeo

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Peter Harrison, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. Peter Harrison macrumors 6502a

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    Will they play at 4K resolution automatically when being played through the iPad?
     
  2. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    iPad does not support 4K resolutions surely? Neither does Vimeo. YouTube does, but it won't output it to iPad.
     
  3. Lukeyy19 macrumors 6502a

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    No, the iPad won't play videos over 1080p and I think YouTube and Vimeo only stream up to 720p to the iPad.
     
  4. Peter Harrison thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, I made a mistake and didn't mean 4K. There are other threads in here with users discussing which Vimeo and Youtube videos they are using to show off their Retina display. So, if those websites only allow up to 720p to the iPad, are those other users just mistaken and not realising it doesn't show what the Retina display can do at all?

    In other words, the only way to show off the retina display is to import a video file onto the iPad that uses the increased resolution. There are videos on Vimeo and Youtube claiming to be much higher than 720p or 1080p (4K the highest I saw on Vimeo). Is it correct then that those higher resolution videos won't play on the iPad, and that they will be scaled down to 720p? :/
     
  5. rovex macrumors 65816

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    Come iOS 6 we may see changes that would enable us to chose the desired resolution as is currently possible on a PC.

    The YouTube app could do with a facelift in my opinion.
     
  6. Lukeyy19 macrumors 6502a

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    Youtube's HQ setting does not display 1080p. and i can only assume Vimeo will do the same thing.

    Youtube on iMac at 1080p vs. Youtube on the iPad with HQ mode active.

    [​IMG][​IMG]

    The only way to show a video at its full potential is a downloaded 1080p video, even if you found a 1080p stream it probably wouldn't be as good quality.
     
  7. Peter Harrison thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If the iPad's retina display has 1 million more pixels than 1080p, is a 1080p video really the best way to show its full potential?
     
  8. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    Vimeo does support 1080p on iPad, read this: http://9to5mac.com/2012/04/06/vimeo...-streaming-support-quality-adapts-to-network/

    YouTube I believe only outputs 720p.

    And no, 1080p video isn't the best way to showcase the iPad's potential. If you can shoot some beautiful 2048x1536 footage and put it on your new iPad, you'll use it to it's fullest ability.
     
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    Most of those pixels are going to borders either way, because the iPad has an aspect ratio of 4:3 and most videos are in 16:9 these days.
     
  11. shyam09 macrumors 68000

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    i was going to suggest downloading a 4k video from youtube and then putting it on your iPad, but i don't think there are apps that support that resolution right now, right??
     
  12. Lukeyy19 macrumors 6502a

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    well of course if you could get some 2048x1536 video to play on the iPad that would be best, but considering the iPad refuses to play videos over 1080p, its the best way at the moment.

    Sidenote: It may have a million more pixels, but it's 4:3 compared to 16:9, 1080p is 1920 pixels wide compared to 2048 pixels wide which would be 1152p, so its not far off.

    You're only really missing out on this much:
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    Shrunk down illustration of 1080p over 1152p

    In reality, especially on a 9.7 inch screen you're not going to be able to tell the difference.
     
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