When you play DVDs on a mac why is the quality rubbish??

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by applemax, Oct 15, 2005.

  1. applemax macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2005
    Why is it when I play a dvd on my mac it's all blurry and fuzzy and looks worse than a videotape but when i play it on a dedicated dvd player it is perfect?
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Mine look perfect... my DVDs on the Mac, that is. :D

    Is every DVD you try the same? Are they PAL or NTSC disks?
    There's no reason why they should look worse than tapes... ick.
  3. applemax thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2005
    I'm in the UK so they're PAL. The lines at the top are all jaggedy. It looks horrid
  4. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    What Mac do you have?

    EDIT: It pays to read sigs, lol.

    Hmmmm... Call Apple and see if you can get a replacement drive.
  5. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    There are tricks to take screenshots of onscreen dvd playback. Take a screenshot and post it here so we know what you're talking about.
  6. Jigglelicious macrumors 6502


    Apr 25, 2004
    There are probably two things at work here. Have you ever watched DVD's on a computer before (not just a Mac). Whenever you watch a DVD on a high resolution computer display, DVD's will ALWAYS look bad because they are upscaled and thus blurred to hell. Try playing the DVD at its original size in OSX. Does it still look blurry? If not, thats because that is the DVD's true resolution. Yes, DVD's are very low resolution, which is why it will be pretty small on your screen.

    The reason DVD's look better on your TV is because televisions are low resolution displays and interlaced, so the TV "hides" a lot of the imperfections of the DVD. Try plugging your DVD player into a nice shiny new LCD High Definition TV, and I guarantee you that it will look just as blurry as on your Mac.

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