Watching video's in portrait mode?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Ichneumon, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. Ichneumon macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2010

    Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I don't have an Ipad yet, and I would like to know if this is possible. I've seen pictures of watching youtube video's while staying in portrait mode, and I'd like to know if this is possible too for the normal video's that are on the ipad, the ones you load through Itunes, such as music video's, tv-shows etc. Are you able to watch them in portrait mode too and if so, what exactly does it look like? What is the rest of the screen filled with and how big is the film screen.

    Thanks! Can't wait till I get my Ipad.
  2. scottness macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2009
    Room 101
    Yes, you can watch in portrait, though I don't know why you would. Here's what it looks like...

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  3. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    You can. It looks exactly the same as when you are watching a YouTube video. The rest of the screen is black.
  4. Ichneumon thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2010
    Great, thanks. Good to know it is an option.

    What happens when you watch movies that have a really small resolution, like 400 by 200 or something like that? Will they be stretched to fit at least 1 corner of the screen?
  5. pondie84 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2008
    Do you have something against landscape orientation.
  6. Ichneumon thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2010
    Not at all, I'd just like to know my options.
  7. Crosbie macrumors 6502a


    May 26, 2010
    Brighton, UK
    I sometimes do this when watching low-res videos off the web in fullscreen - I'd rather see the vid smaller than blown up to reveal all the artefacts.

    Also, when watching video with the iPad nestled in your lap or resting on your chest, the black bars raise the content to a more comfortable viewing position. This is also true in landscape, and another reason why 4:3 is indeed the correct ratio for the iPad screen. ;)
  8. hazmatzak macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2008
    Video is always centered in the display area. (For example, in the browser, you can either have the address bar on top, or nothing but the video.)

    It will always fill either the width or height (or both), depending on the aspect ratio of the video and the orientation of the screen.

    For widescreen video in landscape, there is a button to zoom and fill the screen, cutting off the sides. There is no button in portrait, probably because it would cut off way too much.

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