HD on powerbook?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by MacH4X0r, Jul 21, 2005.

  1. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2003
    #1
    I have a new 1.67ghz powerbook, 1 gig of ram, the upgraded graphics card, etc.

    I can't playback HD video

    Is it even possible with the new powerbooks, and if so how?

    because this is serious BS that the entire portable line can't play HD.
     
  2. macrumors 68020

    ham_man

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2005
    #2
    No it is not possible, unless you out to an HD capable monitor. It should be able to edit HD video, however.

    To respond to you cry of "BS", portables could play HD, in theory, but it would take such an expensive display that I doubt you or anyone would want to buy it.
     
  3. macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2004
    Location:
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    #3
    What is your HD video source? What is your output?

    Which program are you playing back through?

    I've been looking for system requirememnts for playback of HDv, here's all I have found

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301405
    Final Cut Pro 5
    " 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 167 MHz bus speed required for HDV playback.'

    iMovie HD
    " — Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later
    — QuickTime 6.5.2 or higher
    — 400 MHz PowerPC G3
    — 256 megabytes (MB) of RAM (512 MB of RAM required for HDV support)
    — 2 gigabytes (GB) free hard disk space
    — A display with at least 1024 x 768 pixel resolution"
     
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2003
    #4
    I'm just trying to playback the HD trailers and such from apple.com using quicktime....
     
  5. macrumors 68000

    MoparShaha

    Joined:
    May 15, 2003
    Location:
    San Francisco
    #5
    No, you need a dual processor G5 to playback HD smoothly.
     
  6. macrumors 68020

    Rod Rod

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2003
    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV
    #6
    1. download the HD trailer to your local hard drive.
    2. using QT Pro, export (transcode) the trailer to the DVCProHD codec.
    3. the DVCProHD version of the trailer should play back perfectly smoothly for you. DVCProHD will take up a fair amount of disk space, so maybe have an external hard drive handy if you're collecting.

    Try it and tell me how it goes. Your PowerBook should play back DVCProHD smoothly. (command-I to see the framerate during playback in QT 7).
     

Share This Page