What is the highest resolution video I can watch easily on my powerbook?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by MattMK45, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I have a powerbook g4 which has a screen resolution of 1280x854.

    Does that mean i can watch 720p content?

    Because adobe in terms of coding for mac is a big fail and won't let me watch anything above 480p with a steady frame rate, is this the same for non flash content?

    Thanks for any upcoming replys:apple:
     
  2. macrumors 68030

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    Which PBG4 do you have? If it has a programmable GPU (ie, CoreImage and CoreVideo are hardware accelerated, any of the aluminum G4s does this) you can download NicePlayer and it will use CoreImage, and thus your GPU, to accelerate your video. NicePlayer uses the QuickTime libraries, so using Perian and Flip4Mac with it allows you to play almost anything. I've found that 720p video barely plays with this setup, and it has to be nicely encoded (MPEG4, something of the like... NOT H.264). 480p resolution video and under seems to play the smoothest on my PBG4.
     

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