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I am trying to watch a 1080p video on my Macbook Retina 13 but it is scaled up to the 'scaled resolution' 1280x800. If the video is scaled down to 1280x800 before being displayed, I will be losing in precision. VLC for example claims to support Retina Displays but that seems to only concern the fonts and not the video.

  • I believe that on a 2x Retina display, if you set the video to half size in VLC, you got a pixel to pixel resolution. You can verified that by taking a screenshot of a checker pattern video, like this one: avsforum.com/forum/26-home-theater-computers/… – zhengyue Oct 8 '19 at 7:03
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You can't watch any full screen video that is not in the exact native display resolution without scaling. At least in my knowledge.

The question is - is the scaling good or not. You may try different players.

If you want pixel to pixel mapping, you can only set the player size to 100% of the video, and it'll show as one of the windows on the screen, depending on the video file resolution - but only that way will you have the pixel-accurate playback.

Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.

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You can change scale option in System Preferences—›Displays. Maximum scaled down resolution for MBP Retina 13 is 1680x1050. It's not perfect solution — you still won't get accurate 1080p nor native 2560x1600, — but it's definitely better than 1280x800.

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