Anyone try playing 4K video on the MBPr?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by 1080p, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. 1080p macrumors 68030


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
  2. ajcadoo macrumors 6502


    Sep 17, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    Just watched a Youtube. It is a noticeable difference between 4K and 1080P. 4K looks awesome.

    1080P is still nice, but 4K is very crisp. However it takes a good 10 minutes for a 3 minute video to buffer. :D
  3. Meever macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2009
    It looks eerie. They give you this strange sense of emersion
  4. tbl macrumors member


    Jul 14, 2010
    I pulled up a 4K video in the Apple stores. To echo what was said above, it was definitely a noticeable increase in quality.
  5. Panini macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    Palo Alto, CA
    It makes you think you're staring into a window to another world rather than a screen.
  6. heyimandy macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2012
    Toronto, ON
    Are you talking about playing back RAW 4K to edit with?
  7. enjay94 macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2012
    Probably just playing 4k videos via a streaming site like youtube.

    Here's one for example:
  8. earwax69 macrumors member

    May 7, 2012
    comparing 1080p vs 4k on youtube? Are you guys kidding me? The 1080p on youtube is rubbish and look like ****.

    I'm sorry to say but full 1080p and 4K should look identitical on a small 15inch screen. If not, there's a problem with the scaling of your gpu.
  9. georgia-svt macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2012
  10. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    Not on a 2880x1800 screen...Of course there's going to be a difference.
  11. TopToffee macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2008
    Why would they look identical on a screen which is effectively "1800p"?
  12. 01mggt macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2010
    Will be amazing when actual movies begin to be filmed and released in 4k. My 46" HD 3DTV will soon be like watching SD lol
  13. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    It would be better to be able to have access to non-YouTube or footage that you can play locally on your machine. The streaming of 4K takes a great load of bandwidth and can be a toll on most connections. If you had an MP4 file in 4K it would probably play much smoother than anything on YouTube, and I am absolutely sure the Retina MacBook Pro can handle it.
  14. JPOWA macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2010
    You can download the MP4 file from youtube! Just use something like jdownloader!

    If you copy the youtube link of "The Hobbit" 4k trailer to jdownloader you can see the various streams to download including the 4k (original) and the 1080p MP4 files ;)
  15. changes727 macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2012
    Will 4k video look any better than 2880 by 1800 video on rMBP?
  16. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Agreed, going to youtube for reference quality video is silly. It's all severely bitrate-starved in order to make it streamable.

    +1 for jDownloader.

    The resolution of the display becomes the limiting factor at the point so increasing the resolution won't help.
  17. JasonQG macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2011
    They have a version of this movie scaled specifically for the rMBP, as well as full 4K and other sizes:
  18. thatsfinebut macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2010
    I'm not sure why but for some reason my RMBP isn't able to play 4K videos well. After letting the Timescapes Original footage buffer on Youtube, the video stuttered through playback. After that, I downloaded two sample 2160P clips off the internet and tried playing them in VLC, and neither video would play without massive stuttering. I have a 2.7ghz RMBP with 16gigs of memory and I am using Safari. Has anyone else experienced anything like this?
  19. yly3 macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2011
    I was playing 4k YouTube flawless with my Early 2011 15" 1GB 6750M MBP.

    It seems rMBP has some significant software issues.
  20. vanc macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2007
    The 4k video played flawlessly on my new rMBP 2.6G/512G. The video looks amazing!

    I still own a uMBP mid 2009 model. The picture quality is not in the same level.
  21. macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2012
    I bought the Timescapes video in the retina resolution and playing through the latest version of VLC (retina updated) looks just stunning !!!! No stuttering here on the base model of the rMBP.
  22. eagandale4114 macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2011
    Im jealous. I wonder if they have a trailer in that resolution. Would go to my local :apple: store to see it in all its glory.
  23. earwax69 macrumors member

    May 7, 2012
    The 1080p res on youtube is worst than a normal 720p. Dont use that to judge.
  24. JohnDoe98, Jul 5, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2012

    JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

    May 1, 2009
    I just downloaded and played their "2560p" version :)

    552mb file for 2 minutes of video!

    Resolution is 2560x1440, it's 33.5mb/s and it takes about 100-115% of CPU to run it, perfectly smoothly in quicktime X, though it's obviously using 1 core and some change.

    Looks good.

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