iPad Should I put the HD or SD on iPad for viewing?

MrMister111

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If going away I want to put some of my iTunes movies I've bought on an iPad Air 2 for viewing only on the iPad screen, not to output to a TV. I always buy the HD version for using at home on Apple TV, but I think you can transfer the SD version to the iPad if you want.

So, not sure if this is a daft question tbh!, should I transfer the HD or SD on to the iPad for viewing, massive space savings, but happy to go HD if that shows better on the iPad.

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[doublepost=1499702796][/doublepost]Actually now it says in iTunes Store there is a facility for 720P, maybe this is a happy medium for watching on iPad Air 2? How do I go about getting the 720P version on my iPad, as what I normally do is just download direct from my iPad, which version will this load though?

Or do I have to do it over USB via iTunes on my iMac? i.e. first download to iMac, then sync across USB to iPad. Seems a long and complicated way?

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Which iPad? Pro's are 1080p only if you want to buy HD from iTunes and watch on TV app.

Air should be 720P or SD? Not sure since i owned 2017 iPP 12.9 only.

Besides Leave USB alone if you can download them all through iCloud on your TV app cause it takes time to transfer.
 
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MrMister111

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As above iPad Air 2. I'm in UK and so don't have the TV app, only the videos app at moment.

What resolution though does it download if using the iTunes Store on the actual iPad rather than the USB via iMac via iTunes Store on their? on the iMac you get to chose SD, HD 720P ro 1080P, not sure what it does on the iPad itself?

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I often rent/buy SD shows and movies and find the image quality to be decent on the iPad.

Why not transfer an SD movie or two and see what you think?
 

MrMister111

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I've messed a bit last night, I hd to change the setting on my iMac in iTunes to download in 720P but to be honest thats only a saving of about 500Mb per film over the 1080P version.

Suppose I'll have to mess a little more and test a SD to a 720P version to see.

Besides Leave USB alone if you can download them all through iCloud on your TV app cause it takes time to transfer.
what does it download as direct from an iPad via iCloud though? Agree its a lot more convenient and normal route I take, but is it SD, 720P or 1080P and how do you select which you want on the iPad?

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italodance

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I've messed a bit last night, I hd to change the setting on my iMac in iTunes to download in 720P but to be honest thats only a saving of about 500Mb per film over the 1080P version.

Suppose I'll have to mess a little more and test a SD to a 720P version to see.


what does it download as direct from an iPad via iCloud though? Agree its a lot more convenient and normal route I take, but is it SD, 720P or 1080P and how do you select which you want on the iPad?

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Yep first I'm so sorry for my behavior sometimes I'm so moody, On iPad you should go to Settings>TV (Or Videos)>iTunes Videos>Purchases and Rentals

Now you can select either HD or SD, Remember if you buy a movie/TV show in HD you will own it in SD, too, That's iTunes function.

In iPad Pro's (100% sure for both first and second 12.9" since i owned them) if you set it in HD, All previous or future purchases will be downloaded as 1080P only. You can't find 720P and not available.

In PC and Mac if you go to Edit>Preferences>Downloads , You will see both options of HD and SD, Now:

1 Don't select Anything = 720P
2 Select HD = 1080P
3 Select SD = SD

As you said, you own Air 2 I'm really not sure it is downloading 1080P or 720P if you select HD but you can check it out by downloading a small video file and check the downloaded size if is close to 720P or 1080P according to the file info (Movies/TV Show's episode) on the page of file.

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