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Can the third generation iPad play 2048×1536 videos in its native resolution?

I've converted some 4K footage to 2048×1536 mp4s using Apple Compressor. These files play correctly on my Mac, but iTunes refuses to sync them over to my iPad.

How can I achieve 1:1 pixel perfect Post-HD videos on my iPad 3?

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Can you post a sample video? Maybe someone else can get it to work – Kyle Cronin Mar 19 '12 at 14:43
This forum thread seems to indicate that OPlayer will support Retina resolution. Posting as a comment since I'm not sure support is there, yet. – ghoppe Mar 19 '12 at 18:54
Sample video: download this one, then convert it to the target resolution yourself: – Ugor Mar 21 '12 at 22:09
up vote 4 down vote accepted

If you take a look at this page, it looks like the guy figured out how to get to 1920x1440 and even up to 2048x1536 using mpeg4 or h264.

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The answer is no. The following lists the available format for displaying video output on the device:

Video formats supported:

  • H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

  • MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

  • Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

So the maximum resolution is 1080p (1920 x 1080), there is no way to displayer higher, and certainly not native through the default media playing apps at least. 3rd party apps may well allow for this if they include a suitable codec, but I am not aware of any that do.

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If you have an Apple developer account, you could copile your own VLC media player.

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