1080p .mkv's on the new Arrandales....can somebody try?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by gothamm, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. gothamm macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2007
    can somebody/has anybody tried play 1080p .mkv files on their mac...say on vlc...

    I am talking about 6gb+ files...

    if so, how does it handle it? any stuttering?
  2. maarten64 macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2010
    My 2,4 Ghz Core 2 Duo with 4 GB RAM handles this easy... so it won't be a problem with the new arrandales for sure. Fan goes a bit wild though...
  3. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    Well, I can play 13GB mkv's on my 3.5 year old MBP. Perfectly, in VLC and in Plex, and anything that will play MKV's that I've come across.

    Does that answer your question?
  4. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    The hardware is there even with the Core 2 Duo CPU. Poor playback is most likely related to

    1) The software used for playback
    2) The file itself

    So to answer your question, the new Core iX CPUs should be able to play 1080p .mkv's with no problem given the two points above check out.
  5. FnuGk macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2009
  6. gothamm thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2007
    this is strange. I have a 2.2 C2d white macbook with the intel x3100, which stutters very noticeably when playing planet earth .mkv 1080p rips. Could it be the inferior integrated graphics? i was under the impression that programs like VLC were all CPU...
  7. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2008
    yes those onboard graphics are quite old. I had trouble playing 1080p with the 4500MHD, so i'd expect performance to be even less with the x3100.
  8. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    I'm running a 9GB mkv file and no stuttering whatsoever. Runs smooth as butter.
  9. Relznuk macrumors 6502


    Sep 27, 2009
    UT, USA
  10. gothamm thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2007
    I thought VLC did not utilize the GFX card.

    I know plex utilizes CPU only, and the 1080p certainly runs smoother, albeit still stuttering.
  11. paintballswimgu macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2010
    Well, my 2.2 ghz santa rosa 3 year old mbp plays them fine, using vlc or plex, with 10 to 14 gig files with optical dts audio out. So arrandale will not struggle.
  12. NOTORIOUS187 macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2009
    What's the consensus on the ideal program to use to play watching .mkv and other digital movie files?
  13. drjsway macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2009
    VLC sucks. Use PLEX. It can play 1080p MKV perfectly on even my MBA.
  14. kayloh20 macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2010
    Chicago, IL
    Note that hard drive speed has a factor. If you're using a 4800rpm or maybe a 5400rpm, it will stutter depending on the other components of your computer.
  15. paintballswimgu macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2010
    although i think(please don't attack me if i'm wrong) the plex project uses a lot of the open source code from vlc. The best thing about plex is it works great for a home theater because it works with the Harmony remote controls

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