iPad Pro Video on 12.9” and 11” iPad Pros

Jakewilk

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I’ve been wondering about the difference in the video experiences on the two newest ipad pros. The 11” ipad pro has a wider aspect ratio than the 12.9”, which means that videos fill more of the screen. How does the actual picture size of normal 16:9 video compare on the two iPads? Is there a significant difference in how big the picture is?
 

kp98077

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I was just on a flight to Central America from Seattle so lots of hours of video, it didn’t seem on my 11” the screen was fully utilized not sure if it would be on the 12.9?
 

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I was just on a flight to Central America from Seattle so lots of hours of video, it didn’t seem on my 11” the screen was fully utilized not sure if it would be on the 12.9?
You must be from Seattle (based on your username - it looks like a zip code). Nice to meet you here... I am in Seattle as well.
 

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I was just on a flight to Central America from Seattle so lots of hours of video, it didn’t seem on my 11” the screen was fully utilized not sure if it would be on the 12.9?
You should actually be using more of your screen on the 11" because it is a slightly wider aspect ration. The 12.9" is still a little bigger (as others have pointed out) but it also has bigger black bars. So depending ing what you mean by "fully utilized" the 11" is doing a better job. Hope that helps!
 
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Hym tix

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ya know, I was curious so I did the basic google work that the OP should be able to do on his own. Apple lists the pixel dimensions and ppi on their website. Quick math tells me that the 12.9 is 10.35 inches wide by 7.76 inches tall and the 11" iPad is 9.05 inches wide by 6.32 inches tall.

Then a quick google search brought up this site https://www.projectorscreen.com/projector-screen-calculators

and I was able to enter in the screen sizes to get this comparison of what a 16:9 video would look like on each screen:
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So there you have it. When you are viewing a 16:9 aspect ratio movie on the 12.9, it will be 1.3x larger than on the 11"
[doublepost=1548976017][/doublepost]its funny how the 12.9" screen is barely 1.25" wider, but a 30% increase in viewable movie size.

Personally I far prefer the 12.9. it really does make a more immersive 1-person movie experience. I have no need for a huge 4k TV thanks to my iPad :)
 
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ya know, I was curious so I did the basic google work that the OP should be able to do on his own. Apple lists the pixel dimensions and ppi on their website. Quick math tells me that the 12.9 is 10.35 inches wide by 7.76 inches tall and the 11" iPad is 9.05 inches wide by 6.32 inches tall.

Then a quick google search brought up this site https://www.projectorscreen.com/projector-screen-calculators

and I was able to enter in the screen sizes to get this comparison of what a 16:9 video would look like on each screen: View attachment 819334

So there you have it. When you are viewing a 16:9 aspect ratio movie on the 12.9, it will be 1.3x larger than on the 11"
[doublepost=1548976017][/doublepost]its funny how the 12.9" screen is barely 1.25" wider, but a 30% increase in viewable movie size.

Personally I far prefer the 12.9. it really does make a more immersive 1-person movie experience. I have no need for a huge 4k TV thanks to my iPad :)
I’m glad we came to the same conclusion.
 
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augustya

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I’m not sure how I can make my picture any clearer. The 11” shows a 23.6% (100-76.4) smaller image.
The reason why I asked you this is, when I watch a video from the Apple Trailers site I do not see any noticeable difference between the 12.9" and the 11" ??
 

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The reason why I asked you this is, when I watch a video from the Apple Trailers site I do not see any noticeable difference between the 12.9" and the 11" ??
My image shows them side-by-side as you would see them IRL. So you should be seeing what I showed there.

At first glance, looking at my picture, the difference isn't that big. I did calculate it however and the numbers don't lie.

You could say they are both great for watching video. I just showed the exact difference the OP asked for.
 

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Are you zooming in on the video to make it fill the entire display? If so then yes the 11" iPad will show slightly more material on the sides since it is a wider display and it will cut less off the sides, the 12.9" will cut more material off the sides when zoomed in since it's display is narrower.

The illustrations above are assuming you are not zooming in on the content, but letting the iPad letterbox the content with black bars on the top and bottom. In that case they will both show 100% of the material, but the 12.9" iPad will have a larger size (30%).
 
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Are you zooming in on the video to make it fill the entire display? If so then yes the 11" iPad will show slightly more material on the sides since it is a wider display and it will cut less off the sides, the 12.9" will cut more material off the sides when zoomed in since it's display is narrower.

The illustrations above are assuming you are not zooming in on the content, but letting the iPad letterbox the content with black bars on the top and bottom. In that case they will both show 100% of the material, but the 12.9" iPad will have a larger size (30%).
I did mean the only talk about actual size instead of how much material is shows, of course it's 100% of the content in both scenarios.

Zooming in on video to fill the whole screen is pretty useless in my opinion, you always lose some of the content.