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rubberwheels
Feb 21, 2011, 11:52 PM
I'm using a base 11.6 MBA on my Samsung LN32C530 1080p TV. I use my air as a HTPC when I'm home. I stream videos through my network wirelessly. All my videos are stored on my Windows 7 desktop. When playing videos with VLC, it would constantly stutter, it's starting to bug me. Based on testimonials, people claimed that the Air can play 720p and 1080p videos smoothly. I heard VLC is the culprit here. I would like to use VLC for the friendly user interface. I used Plex before. Complicated app. I would love to fix VLC and use it. Any tweaks for it?

Thanks!

Edit: My video would constantly get all pixelated and the image would fix itself now and then.



Maven1975
Feb 21, 2011, 11:59 PM
I'm using a base 11.6 MBA on my Samsung LN32C530 1080p TV. I use my air as a HTPC when I'm home. I stream videos through my network wirelessly. All my videos are stored on my Windows 7 desktop. When playing videos with VLC, it would constantly stutter, it's starting to bug me. Based on testimonials, people claimed that the Air can play 720p and 1080p videos smoothly. I heard VLC is the culprit here. I would like to use VLC for the friendly user interface. I used Plex before. Complicated app. I would love to fix VLC and use it. Any tweaks for it?

Thanks!

Edit: My video would constantly get all pixelated and the image would fix itself now and then.

Plex is your friend. Coolbook can/will also help lock the Air at full potential. (Eliminate throttling) VLC is crap compared to Plex under OSX.

mmulin
Feb 22, 2011, 12:19 AM
VLC is quite resource intensive and doesn't harness the GPU's power very well.

Perhaps your WiFi is another culprit too. Have you tried to connect your TV directly to the MBA and play a video per VLC? If it doesn't have the same problems, WiFi limits your playback!

halledise
Feb 22, 2011, 01:17 AM
Plex is your friend. Coolbook can/will also help lock the Air at full potential. (Eliminate throttling) VLC is crap compared to Plex under OSX.

Plex is bloatware

coolbook is unnecessary

try Movist over VLC

works for me ;)

Boston007
Feb 22, 2011, 12:09 PM
Plex is bloatware

coolbook is unnecessarytry Movist over VLC

works for me ;)

I agree.
I can't believe people are messing with the voltage. You're asking to damage your laptop

impulse462
Feb 22, 2011, 12:49 PM
I agree.
I can't believe people are messing with the voltage. You're asking to damage your laptop

Lowering the voltage (which coolbook is used for) can't damage the laptop, only results in kernel panics.

iceheat710
Feb 22, 2011, 12:57 PM
I have a similar issue I think.

I have a 13" MBA and tried to streaming videos off of my Win7 PC and it always seem to stutter. I've tried using VLC and MPlayer and found that MPlayer seems to be a bit better...

However, when I copy the file onto the MacBook, the stutter goes away so it might have to do with my network, although I never had any issues with a Windows laptop streaming the video over the wireless network.

yegon
Feb 22, 2011, 03:30 PM
Weird, I've watched lots of 10gb+ 1080p mkv's on my 11" via VLC and they've been flawless. Not a fan of Plex personally, hate the interface and ime it whacks up the fans* and kills battery faster than VLC.

*On my mbp anyway, not used it on my mba.

Will try Movist though, I'm intrigued.

Lodoss
Feb 22, 2011, 07:15 PM
Can also just use quicktime using this nifty add-on runs pretty much everything VlC does except for .wmv
http://perian.org/

For .wmv get this add-on the player is free
http://www.telestream.net/flip4mac-wmv/overview.htm

poobear
Feb 23, 2011, 08:30 AM
I agree.
I can't believe people are messing with the voltage. You're asking to damage your laptop
Please don't respond about stuff you don't have a clue about.