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DVX100Shooter Level 3 Level 3 (845 points)

Does anyone know why the music videos purchased in the iTunes store are not HD or a higher resolution than what they are? I have an Apple TV in my home theater room with a 106 inch screen and the videos look like I am playing a VHS tape. I don't understand how I can watch HD movies and TV shows on my ATV but Music Videos look like crap! I have about 74 music videos too!


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  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (18,390 points)

    I agree they are generally dire.  Annoyingly many UK TV Shows are poorly encoded too.  VHS quality is a fair approximation I'd say.

     

    Many I've bought are older form the 80s so I wouldn't expect them to be that great in quality, but even so many are far poorer than they should be.

     

    While newer videos have better production quality in general their resolution is so low that it's really apparent on a bigger screen.

     

    It's purely an itunes store problem not AppleTV.

     

    My opinion is that they don't care too much about the quality assuming that most users will be viewing on iPods or iPhones, and they may well have kept the resolution and bitrates lower in order to allow users of such devices to pack more media on the relatively limited storage space of these devices, especially the solid state based ones.

     

    AC

  • DVX100Shooter Level 3 Level 3 (845 points)

    Now that you put it in perspective it makes why the quality is what I would consider as poor. Those same videos look great on iPods, iPhones, and iPads so when I try to watch them on my 106 inch movie screen they look bad I now understand why they look bad!

     

    Thanks!

  • Enrique_Wash_Heights Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Wow.  I have trying to figure out how to re-download HD versions of my music videos so I can view them on my Apple TV and after doing some research realized that the problem is these videos haven't been made available yet.   I hope someone at Apple is reading this and realizes that if they really want this Apple TV business to take off they need to provide HD music videos alongside HD movies and TV episodes.  

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (18,390 points)

    Enrique_Wash_Heights wrote:

     

    Wow.  I have trying to figure out how to re-download HD versions of my music videos so I can view them on my Apple TV and after doing some research realized that the problem is these videos haven't been made available yet.   I hope someone at Apple is reading this and realizes that if they really want this Apple TV business to take off they need to provide HD music videos alongside HD movies and TV episodes.  

     

    Yes, going forward for contemporary music video they really should be looking at this - I may be wrong but I'd find it hard to believe they shoot modern music vids in SD.

     

    For older stuff you're not going to get HD quality, however many are much worse thn they should be.

     

    In fact, I have a feeling that music videos look much worse on AppleTV3 than they previously did.

     

    AC

  • Viper200 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Newer music videos are all shot in HD.  This is apparent when you go to youtube/vevo and watch the music vids in 720/1080p.

    You can of course, use any number of Firefox addons to download the HD music videos off youtube/vevo and then use a pass-thru/remuxer like iVi (available on app store) or Remux to rewrite the headers of the videos to make them idevice/ATV compatible without recompression.

    BTW 1080p converted youtube vids look GORGEOUS on the new ATV/ipad3!

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (18,390 points)

    Viper200 wrote:

     

    Newer music videos are all shot in HD.  This is apparent when you go to youtube/vevo and watch the music vids in 720/1080p.

    Makes sense and would be surprising if they didn't these days.

  • abieka Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Viper200 wrote:

     

    Newer music videos are all shot in HD.  This is apparent when you go to youtube/vevo and watch the music vids in 720/1080p.

    You can of course, use any number of Firefox addons to download the HD music videos off youtube/vevo and then use a pass-thru/remuxer like iVi (available on app store) or Remux to rewrite the headers of the videos to make them idevice/ATV compatible without recompression.

    BTW 1080p converted youtube vids look GORGEOUS on the new ATV/ipad3!

     

     

    That annoys me so much.

     

    When I didn't have the means, I could still watch music videos in HD for freebs per your description. Now I'm able to buy them (and I want to), but as far as I can see the legit source is rubbish.

     

    Am I missing something or is this one of those ineffable Apple things that I have to come to terms with if I'm going to join the herd?

  • hemmes Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    For all the music videos I've downloaded, the resolution is less then even the iPhone 4/4S - close but less.  Just doesn't make sense; maybe it's a licensing cost issue.  They should still give the option, like with movies.

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (18,390 points)

    Odd...