i have very newbie question. My desktop resolution is set to 720p, because i have eyes problem. My movie is in 1080p, will i see it in 1080p or in 720p? I am using MPC-HC Player.
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1. Your monitor resolution should be set to exactly equal the actual number of pixels of your monitor. If you don't do that, everything will look a little fuzzy, because everything has to be scaled. This fuzziness can sometimes be quite severe.
2. When you play something that doesn't match either the actual number of pixels on your monitor, or the resolution you have set it to, your playback software will either scale it, in which case you will get additional re-sizing fuzziness, or the image will be shown smaller or larger on the screen. If larger, you will lose some of the image off the screen. Most people have things set up so that the video is always scaled to fit the screen.
3. If you need to enlarge things because of your eyesite, do that by using Windows Control Panel settings to increase icon size, and then, as needed, use the Control Panel "Accessibility" and "Ease of Access" features to magnify parts of the screen.
I disagree about always using the monitor's native resolution. I know several people with visual impairments and they are much happier with big fuzzy text than small sharp text. And Windows' automatic scaling has a lot of problems. The best solution might be to get a very big 1080p monitor.
I used to use a 27" 2560x1440 monitor with DPI set to 125 percent. But all those little problems eventually became too much so I bought a 32" 2560x1440 monitor and run it at 100 percent. All the problems are gone and I can actually read what's on the screen.
I also have my browser (FireFox) set up to override web sites' fonts and sizes (I can't read your stinkin' tiny serifed font!). That also leads to problems on some sites but I can live with that since it's limited to the browser. In a worst case scenario I can use a different browser if I need to read something at one of those problematic sites.
You can, johnmeyer, but it's not a single uniform setting (it has elements in different places including some hidden/arcane options).
I still recommend that over lowered rez overall settings. Big fuzzy text is not as good as big sharp text. To anyone.