A Mac Newbies Thread #2

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by pyune, Aug 19, 2006.

  1. pyune macrumors newbie

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    Hello again,

    Thanks for the input on my last post. But one thing i noticed was if I were to upgrade my mac book pro's disk space i would be out of my warranty... which would not be good.. so I decide to just purchase an external memory drive.
    Anyway herse the thing guys. The reason I split my disk drive with windows and Mac OSX 40 by 40 gigs. was that many Korean programs or foreign programs only have windows platforms so If I am I would need windows. But the thing is I have noticed the program I use to download many movies is also available on MAC. So I need your unbiased opinion. Are movies run more clearly and smoothly on the Mac's quicktime or should I just stick with using windows for movies and Mac for music and school stuff etc. Is Mac well compatable with movies downloaded online?
     
  2. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    The only way you would void your warranty by upgrading the hard drive in your MBP is if you break it while installing it. That being said, I wouldn't want to take one apart anyway. As far as downloading movies online, I'm assuming you're talking about something like CinemaNow or other legitimate movie download service...if you aren't then you're breaking some kind of law and nobody here is going to help you.
     
  3. pyune thread starter macrumors newbie

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    HAHA.... NO I am not breaking the law ... I use www.popdrama.com which is a point system korean drama/movie/ other movies website where I PAY to watch
     
  4. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    In that case, as long as the video is in some format Quicktime will play, it's unlikely you'll notice any quality difference.
     
  5. pyune thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well i guess my main question is.. are movies/multimedia files more compatible on windows or quicktime.
     
  6. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    As far as I know, all multimedia files that can play on Mac OS X can also play on Windows, except, it seems, Windows Media files saved as .mov files with quicktime using the FlipForMac Quicktime plugin/codec.

    The same goes the other way, except Windows Media files that use the newest DRM can't be played on Mac OS X.

    There may also be some very esoteric file formats that I'm not aware of that are Windows or Mac OS X only.
     
  7. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    What's the format of the movies? You can view pretty much any format on either platform.
     
  8. pyune thread starter macrumors newbie

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    They are all like AVI.. and u usually need Divx Xvid ACI plug in etc. to run them... and from my experience quicktime usually has trouble finding codecs etc. But right now I just dont like the fact that my music is on Mac and Videos are on windows..I want to have windows available just for the *just in case moments* but at the same time i like the features Mac offers for multimedia... Im tryin to balance thinngs out.. im so confused -__-on how to handle this. Oh and is there anyway I can change the ammount of diskspace given to either mac or windowS??
     
  9. ironic23 macrumors 6502

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    why dont you try VLC player? www.videolan.org .. they have a good codec package.
     
  10. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    not without erasing the windows partition and re-partitioning the HDD.

    As for the movie question, almost everything that can be run on windows, can be run on a mac, in some form. A vast majority of movies, music, images, etc. can be played on a mac with no loss of quality compared to playing them on windows.
     

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