Anyone try playing 4K video on the MBPr?

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  1. 1080p macrumors 68020

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  2. ajcadoo macrumors 6502

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    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

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

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    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

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    It makes you think you're staring into a window to another world rather than a screen.
     
  6. heyimandy macrumors member

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    Are you talking about playing back RAW 4K to edit with?
     
  7. enjay94 macrumors member

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    Probably just playing 4k videos via a streaming site like youtube.

    Here's one for example:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-GYrbecb88
     
  8. earwax69 macrumors member

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    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.
     
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  10. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    They have a version of this movie scaled specifically for the rMBP, as well as full 4K and other sizes:
    http://timescapes.org/
     
  18. thatsfinebut macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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    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. Glenn.eu macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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