1080p Quicktime and VLC

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Gattz, May 3, 2009.

  1. Gattz macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2008
    I've noticed, at least for me, that playing 1080p movies with VLC is much smoother, than playing with Quicktime. My question is that does this smoother playback mean less video and audio quality?
  2. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    To your left or right
  3. dlhuss macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2009
    ...and i find Plex even better than VLC.
  4. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    Plex is the best, VLC is too processor intensive for 1080p on OS X, and can cause lagging, skipped frames, and poor resolutions on anything other than the best processors.
  5. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    Quicktime actually runs smoother for me than VLC on 1080P stuff, weird.
  6. magamo macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2009
    I'm guessing it depends on the file format and other miscellaneous things. VLC is fine, but QT with perian seems to handle .mkv files better.
  7. Hot Snowboarder macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2009
    Behind you...!
  8. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    quicktime it written really poorly.

    VLC is a tad better but its developers havent optimised it good enough for Macs (especially the weaker ones_=).

    plex is mac only software and will pretty much play 1080p rips on anything - even my 3 year old original MBP :):):):):)

    plex ftw !
  9. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    To your left or right
    plex is an amazing piece of software and i use it quite often. but VLC is a bit simpler. when i dont want to go through the complexity of Plex i use VLC.
  10. Gattz thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2008
    I've never heard of Plex, but I can see it is pretty popular with Mac owners. The problem is that I keep getting this "Mounting Failed" whenever I try to download it. Not to mention it is really slow downloading speeds, but I am at college. Anyone know what to do?
  11. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    To your left or right
    are you running off your schools network? i have noticed that when i am using my fiancee's school network it runs slowly and a lot of times downloads dont work properly. dont really know the reason, but i would wait till you can use it somewhere else.
  12. neonblue2 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 25, 2006
    Port Pirie, South Australia
    QuickTime is excellent if your Mac is powerful enough because it's been designed to utilise certain hardware and software features of OS X. Weaker Macs don't fare as well.

    If I find a video that won't play at full speed (only ever on my PBG4, never on my MBP) then I drop back on MPlayer OSX Extended. It offers a few speed features that make HD videos (720p) nearly watchable.
  13. morrisman1 macrumors 6502

    i find that .mov 1080p files play perfect in quicktime.

    .mkv plays only in plex unless its only a 720p, then it plays fine in VLC, and i would use VLC in that case because its not so cumbersome to use.

    Plex should release a media player which isnt focused on catering for media centres, just take the eye candy away and leave a good player behind.

    One thing that i HATE about plex is the fact that the letterbox bars arent black!!!! It drives me crazy when the blacks in the HD movies are blacker than the letterboxes.

    Ive got a 2.0 unibody macbook so its not quite in the powerhouse catagory which might explain why it doesnt play 1080p .mkv in VLC perfectly.
  14. snowmoon macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2005
    Albany, NY
    What system do you have? It makes a difference. If you have a system sold in the last year then QT should be just as smooth as VLC and if not you probably need to update your system or reset your SMC.
  15. Gattz thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2008
    Mine is a early 09 MBP, but apparently I need to reset my SMC. I read a little about it here http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1411, but it doesn't seem that I should do it.

    Also, I got Plex to install, but can someone help me out with the video controls? I want to take off subtitles, move to different parts of the video, etc. The only thing I know how to do now is fullscreen. By the way, what is "true fullscreen"?

    Nevermind, I figured out how to use it. But still, what is true fullscreen mode?
  16. harrychang macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2008
    i use plex. but on my windows machine i used coreavc codec which is apparently the best decoder. i heard they were porting it to mac but that was a while back. does anyone know whats going on with that ?
  17. RKpro macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2008
    I think HD h264 mov files are gpu accelerated in Quicktime, that's why even the 2nd gen MBA can play HD movies. Other than that QT sucks balls.

    I use VLC for everything, except 1080p MKVs. For those to play smoothly I use plex. It appears that VLC can only utilize 1 of the CPU cores because it reaches 50% CPU utilization, and begins to skip frames in 1080p MKVs. When I use plex, about 60-70% of the CPU time is used, and the video runs perfectly.
  18. zeeklancer macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2008
    Maybe I am doing something different.

    But I use quicktime for everything and I never have any performance problems. I connect it to 1920 x 1080 LCD and go full screen with no issue.

    I have a late 2008 mbp 2.5ghz with 4gigs of ram.

    I also have vmware running and a bunch of other apps and still don't seem to have any problem with HD content.


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