Battery life and video playback

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by fthl, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. fthl macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2010
    Is there a more battery-efficient way to watch video?

    i.e. will the battery last longer watching a movie from the dvd drive, from a dvd image, from a handbrake(d)/(n) copy, in itunes, in quicktime, in vlc, in frontrow etc?

    Does it make any difference?

    I ask as I'm travelling and want the battery to last as long as poss.

  2. martinX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2009
    Probably on an iPod.

    DVD drive would be least efficient because it's spinning up .... and down .... and up .... and down ...

    Laptop is better but it's a big screen, and the HDD will have to spin up ... and down...

    As for Quicktime v VLC etc, if there is any difference, I think it would get lost in the normal variation of testing. Steve tells me that Flash sux though.
  3. smokescreen76 macrumors member

    Sep 10, 2010
    If you're on a modern MacBook or MacBook Pro with an SD Card slot then you should use this.

    It might sound silly but because it has no moving parts it is very energy efficient.

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