Macbook Air and 1080p MKV

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  1. ataman, Sep 21, 2011
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    macrumors newbie

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    I am wondering if Macbook Air owners can play 1080P MKV files with VLC in fullscreen mode without a problem? I am thinking the 13" Version.

    Edit: Before anyone says " Why are you trying to play 1080p on a small screen " It is because I i have y movie library for my TV and my my laptops and most of it is 1080P. And I just want a computer that handles that.

    Thanks
     
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    yes it will play 1080p videos easily.
    even the 999$ mba. That's why the core i5's gpu is called intel HD graphics ;)
     
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    works for me without any issues :D
     
  5. macrumors newbie

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    I've played three of them at the same time with no problem. Probably could have done more... Yup, all on wireless. Both i5 and i7.
     
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    The Air has no hard time playing 1080p. Sure the fan will be hearable but that's it.
     
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    Fixed it for you.:rolleyes:
     
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    Yes and depending on the temperature in your home it will turn the fan on.

    I also recommend just downloading Perian and using Quicktime 7 (which is already installed on your MBA under the utilities folder). It's a much better solution than VLC IMO.
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    How loud is the fan at its loudest? I'm currently on a late 2007 white Macbook, but i'm thinking about upgrading. One of the things that irritate me the most is how loud the fan is while watching movies (connected to my 1080p tv). I realize the fan will be running with a new MBA, but will it sound like a smaller jet plane taking off like my current one does, or is it subtle? Of course everything is relative, but what are your experiences?
     
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    I find on my MBA (i7), I can't hear the fans (about 3k rpm) but if I connect it to a TV, the fans are on spinning at about 4-5K which isn't too loud for me as I not that close to my Tv when watching it, but it could be noticeable if you're close to the MBA or if the movie goes quiet during a scene but I still think this negligible.
     
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    Thanks for the input, i just ordered the 13" i5 256GB version. Says it will deliver on oct 4th, but im hoping it will be sooner.
     
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    I hope :apple: will provide us with more HD movies on iTunes. There are a lot of movies only for rent on iTunes Germany and they are pretty expensive, more than a retail DVD or BluRay.
     
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    Never played 1080p on my 2011 MBA 13'', but all my movies are 720p and they run perfect in Mplayer Extended
     
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    VLC 64-bit is the solution, fast efficient, no fuss.

    Q-6
     
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    My 2010 11" ultimate plays 1080p mkv files just fine
     
  17. macrumors 6502a

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    Just picked up a new base 13 yesterday. Wow this thing handles videos very well. It can play 1080p without issues and can also stream 1080p on the web without having to load most of the video first to avoid stutter.
     
  18. macrumors newbie

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    Just my two cents...

    Since MplayerX is hardware accelerated and utilizes your GPU. VLC does not do that, as far as I'm informed. MPlayer X or Extended is therefore a better option...
     
  19. macrumors member

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    Like this like this.

    WWWWAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEHHHHHHHAAHAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  20. theSeb, May 31, 2012
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    Yes, I do this all the time. I have DVD and BR rips as mkv files.

    In fact, I have a whole post about the temp and fan speeds whilst doing this from last year. Maybe I can find it.

    Edit: found it
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1196035
     
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    My lowly i5 MacBook Air plays 1080p fine while running my Thunderbolt display :)
     
  22. macrumors 65816

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    Just a heads up that Perian has been End-Of-Lifed. No more updates.

    http://perian.org/
     
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    You all are talking about 1080p MKV files.... but what codec are you using?
    I think that any Intel i5/i7 CPU will handle a full HD/H.264 encoded file. But what about H.265? Will a MacBook Air handle a 1080p stream?

    My 2008 13" MB can't handle a 1080p (BR rip) H265 encoded MKV file.
     
  24. macrumors member

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    My 2010 MBA handles it with no problem using Movist but not VLC.

    Sample file: http://trailers.divx.com/hevc/TearsOfSteel_1080p_24fps_27qp_1474kbps_GPSNR_42.29_HM11_2aud_7subs.mkv
     

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