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Can't Sync HD 1080p to iPhone 4S

4126 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Oct 22, 2012 2:17 AM by SwampFoetus RSS
Greg Parks Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
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Jun 28, 2012 10:16 PM

What gives? I just purchased four seasons of Breaking Bad in 1080p HD from the iTunes Store and it won't sync to my iPhone 4S.

 

I'm also quite annoyed that it won't play on my Apple Cinema Display monitor, but that's a separate issue. When experienced together, however, they make for some pretty maddening moments.

 

Thanks.

iPhone 4S, iOS 5.1
  • Garyuk Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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    Jul 2, 2012 4:52 AM (in response to Greg Parks)

    I am having exactly the same issue! Purchased the complete 3rd series of Sons of Anarchy which are in 1080p and I cannot sync them at all!

     

    Yet the tech specs for the phone clearly state this Screen resolution is fully supported.

     

    Seriously poor Apple.

  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,430 points)
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    Jul 2, 2012 5:30 AM (in response to Greg Parks)

    Read here:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4223?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

     

    Currently 1080p content is only compatible with iPad (3rd generation), Apple TV (3rd generation), and a Mac or PC.

  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,430 points)
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    Jul 2, 2012 11:08 AM (in response to Greg Parks)

    You're welcome.

  • SwampFoetus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 22, 2012 2:17 AM (in response to Greg Parks)

    Although the screen resolution isn't up to 1080p, the iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S), iPod touch (> 2nd Gen) and iPad are all capable of decoding 1080p content (as long as the profile isn't too high).  I know this because whenever I use Handbrake to rip a bluray at 1080p, it works fine on all of my devices.  iTunes will even stream them over home sharing.

    However, all of this falls down if you flag a video file as HD 1080p.  I found that when I was opening my rips with Subler (to add artwork and metadata), they would no longer be visible in my shared library via my iDevices, only AppleTV 3.  This was happening because Subler was setting the HD flag to 1080p.  I found that changing this in Subler to 720p or None, resulted in the rips re-appearing in the library.

    So, this is not a device limitation, it is iTunes being restrictive.  iTunes shouldn't restrict based on video resolution, it should restrict on the encoding profile.

    I've never tried opening a purchased movie with Subler but, if you can, try re-flagging your content as 720p and see if you can now sync your 1080p content.  Don't worry, it's only a metadata flag that you're changing, it won't change the resolution of the movie.

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