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With its gorgeous, nearly-10-inch, high-definition display — one of the best on a handheld device — watching movies and other videos on the iPad can be a cinematic delight. The screen looks terrific even when you’re not viewing it straight on.

After you have found video you want to watch on your iPad, here’s how to watch it:

1

On the Home screen, tap the Videos icon.

Videos stored on your iPad are segregated by category — Movies, Rented Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, Music Videos, iTunes U, and Shared. For each category, you see the program’s poster art, as.

Categories such as Rented Movies, Podcasts, iTunes U, and Shared appear only if you have that type of content loaded on the machine.

2

At the top of the screen, select the tab that corresponds to the type of video you want to watch.

Selections will appear depending on the category.

3

Tap the poster that represents the movie, TV show, or other video you want to watch.

You see a full description of the movie you want to watch, along with a listing of cast and filmmakers, as shown in the figure. Tap the Chapters tab to browse the chapters. You see thumbnail images and the length of the chapter. Tap the Info tab to return to a description.

4

To start playing a movie (or resume playing from where you left off), tap the Play button.

Alternatively, from the Chapters view, tap any chapter to start playing from that point.

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If you go to Settings from the Home screen and tap Video, you can change the default setting to start playing from where you left off to start playing from the beginning.

5

(Optional) Rotate your iPad to landscape mode to maximize a movie’s display.

If you hold the iPad in portrait mode, you can see black bars on top of and below the screen where the movie is playing. Those bars remain when you rotate the device to its side, but the iPad plays the film in a wider-screen mode (depending on the video).

For movies, this is a great thing. You can watch flicks as the filmmaker intended, in a cinematic aspect ratio.

The original iPad and iPad 2 did not give you a full high-definition presentation because that requires at least 1280-x-720-pixel resolution and the screen on those devices is 1024 x 768, meaning that they're scaled down slightly. Not too many viewers are going to complain or even notice about the quality of the images.

Unless you place them side by side with the third-generation iPad. It has a resolution of 2048 x 1536, with 3.1 million pixels or picture elements, four times the number on the iPad 2 and a million more than an HDTV. Looking at that smashing screen compared with the iPads that came before it will make you think you just came through Lasik surgery.

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