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lloydh
Dec 18, 2008, 10:28 AM
I have some 720P HD footage that I need to playback on an old PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz, 2GB) but in its current encoding (H.264), the G4 just doesn't have the horsepower.

I am prepared to transcode the video on my MBP in the hope that a less-compressed format will play.

What formats would you suggest? Vanilla MPEG 1/2?


Thanks,



Lloyd



huntercr
Dec 18, 2008, 01:20 PM
I have some 720P HD footage that I need to playback on an old PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz, 2GB) but in its current encoding (H.264), the G4 just doesn't have the horsepower.

I am prepared to transcode the video on my MBP in the hope that a less-compressed format will play.

What formats would you suggest? Vanilla MPEG 1/2?


Thanks,



Lloyd


You could reencode it as Apple Intermediate Codec perhaps.

Consider buying the elgato H.264 USB device. It will probably make you happier in the long run.

bigbossbmb
Dec 18, 2008, 02:35 PM
That powerbook should be able to playback DVCProHD (from a FW drive). I'd go with that. After that, maybe JPEG2000.


PS: If you're trying to play it back from the internal, you can just about forget it.