Can a Macbook pro do 1080p?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by squwish, May 30, 2007.

  1. squwish macrumors member

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    See, I am going to buy a BenQ monitor which is HD ready and has an HDMI out-let. I want to hook up my macbook pro to it through HDMI. But I was wondering can the macbook pro send out a 1080p signal?
     
  2. Nicolasdec macrumors 65816

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    First you are going to need a DVI to HDMI cable or Box. :) :) :)
     
  3. squwish thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah, already have that....But can a macbook pro do 1080p?
     
  4. plinden macrumors 68040

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    Yes.
     
  5. heatasmallhouse macrumors regular

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    it should have no problem as long as your converter works properly with macs

    question: why do you want to use HDMI? DVI handles all the same data just minus the audio signal, which you can patch in another way. With the DVI you've got guaranteed compatibility and the MBP will serve you well.
     
  6. Nicolasdec macrumors 65816

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    YES. But it wont look as good as you mac monitor.
     
  7. squwish thread starter macrumors member

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    why is that? I mean, 1080p is pretty damn good!

    If I use a DVI cable on a regular monitor, will it look as good as an HDMI on a 1080p one?
     
  8. plinden macrumors 68040

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    HDMI and DVI video is the same. HDMI has added audio, as well as HDCP and remote control support, which you don't get anyway if you connect your MacBook Pro to the HDMI (since you need the DVI->HDMI connector).
     
  9. kgarchar macrumors 6502

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    I am watching a 1080p movie on my mbp with 2.16 c2d and 2gb ram, and it's still skippy as hell
     
  10. fairnymph macrumors 6502

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    Are you using QT?

    If not, try using VLC player.
     
  11. keenkreations macrumors regular

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    I love VLC. Plays anything and everything media. Plus, it has a small resource footprint.
     
  12. screensaver400 macrumors 6502a

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    What's the movie? Container? Bitrate? Codec?

    On my MBP (almost same specs as yours), I can play H.264 1080p in Quicktime up to about 8000kbps before it gets choppy.
     
  13. 4np macrumors 6502a

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    You're probably better off with the new MBP's as the 8600M GT GPU supports hardware decoding of HD content. This offloads the CPU and keeps the MBP responsive while being able to decode HD content properly.
     
  14. snowboarder macrumors 6502

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    I just tested a bunch of quicktimes from apple.com
    and although my screen is too small, it plays back perfect
    (including scaling down). So it should shine on your external monitor.
     

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