HD on powerbook?

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

  1. macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2003
    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


    Jan 21, 2005
    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


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    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

    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

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


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

    Rod Rod

    Sep 21, 2003
    Las Vegas, NV
    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).

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