Can I play 1080p movies on my mac ??

iGOOGLE

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I have a macbook pro 13" 2.26GHz 2GB Ram

does 1080p effect my mac ?

because I heard some people said that 1080p destroyed their laptops' motherboard and some hardwares because it does not tolerate as they said.

is that a reason makes problems on a macbook pro 13 ?
 

Gav2k

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As above I have a 2ghz mini and it runs them everyday without an issue.
 

t0mat0

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If it's Flash, then it'll likely use a lot more resources, so you will likely hear the fans kick up. That's more an issue of Flash's resource hog nature than the machine.

Why not be bold and adventurous and just check? Head over to Apple Trailers, pick one in HD and see what happens. That a 2006 MBP?

http://trailers.apple.com/
 

iwant2knowstuff

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is there no software for osx 10.6.2 that can use hardware acceleration (9400m) to play the video files like dvd or ripped HD content?
 

seepel

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I've got a mac mini 2.0 GHz with the nVidea graphics card and it has been able to handle everything I've thrown at it. Although the largest bitrate I have thrown at it weighed in at 14.4Mbs x264 which doesn't quite measure up to full Blu-Ray. I also have the Macbook 2.16 GHz with Intel GMA graphics, and it can't really handle 1080p, but does fine with every 720p video that I've thrown at it.
 

kasakka

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because I heard some people said that 1080p destroyed their laptops' motherboard and some hardwares because it does not tolerate as they said.
Don't listen to those people ever again. They obviously haven't got a clue.

1080p works just fine.
 

Spandexman

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Of course, there's not really any point in watching the videos at 1080 on your 13" mbp. The screen only has 800 vertical pixels, so you may as well just play the videos at 720 and save some bandwidth/cpu power. It'll definitely play them though. My 4 year old MB with 1GB Ram and 2 Ghz Code duo manages ok.
 

kap09

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Of course, there's not really any point in watching the videos at 1080 on your 13" mbp. The screen only has 800 vertical pixels, so you may as well just play the videos at 720 and save some bandwidth/cpu power. It'll definitely play them though. My 4 year old MB with 1GB Ram and 2 Ghz Code duo manages ok.
could be outputting to a larger display. i do it pretty regularly
 

Dan73

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Of course, there's not really any point in watching the videos at 1080 on your 13" mbp. The screen only has 800 vertical pixels, so you may as well just play the videos at 720 and save some bandwidth/cpu power. It'll definitely play them though. My 4 year old MB with 1GB Ram and 2 Ghz Code duo manages ok.

This. If you're using your laptops screen then there is really no point in watching 1080p video because it will be downsizing it anyways. Better off just to watch 720p.
 

2contagious

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Of course, there's not really any point in watching the videos at 1080 on your 13" mbp. The screen only has 800 vertical pixels, so you may as well just play the videos at 720 and save some bandwidth/cpu power. It'll definitely play them though. My 4 year old MB with 1GB Ram and 2 Ghz Code duo manages ok.
hm my 1.83 ghz coreduo mbp from 2006 was choking on 1080p video :(
 

alphaod

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High CPU temperatures cannot destroy the motherboard; the self-protection mechanisms in the CPU would kick in before that happens. And if it does happen, you'll probably end up with a new computer from Apple. :p
 

Mindinversion

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My recently stolen [by my wife] 2.4Ghz macbook [9400m] had no issues playing HD content.

This while driving my 24" Acer monitor in 1080 mode no less.
 

strahanfan92

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Hi could someone help, I just bought my new MBP on Monday and put a couple of HD movies on it. The problem is, when the movie reaches a face paced or action scene, the feed becomes very laggy. I had no programs open at the time either besides VLC. The files are mkv btw.
Thanks
 

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Hi could someone help, I just bought my new MBP on Monday and put a couple of HD movies on it. The problem is, when the movie reaches a face paced or action scene, the feed becomes very laggy. I had no programs open at the time either besides VLC. The files are mkv btw.
Thanks
Try the newest version of VLC (1.1.0) or Movist.

Also have a look at Activity Monitor (Applications > Utilities) and select Show All Processes and sort by CPU to see what the culprit may be.

image below uses sorting by CPU as an example
 

Garrus

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The usual recommandation for watching 1080p video is 2.4 ghz core 2 duo... but that's with a pc...
it may skip some frame at times but i wont be a slideshow either...
 

strahanfan92

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Hi could someone help, I just bought my new MBP on Monday and put a couple of HD movies on it. The problem is, when the movie reaches a face paced or action scene, the feed becomes very laggy. I had no programs open at the time either besides VLC. The files are mkv btw.
Thanks
Try the newest version of VLC (1.1.0) or Movist.

Also have a look at Activity Monitor (Applications > Utilities) and select Show All Processes and sort by CPU to see what the culprit may be.

image below uses sorting by CPU as an example


It is impossible to watch a 720p file on my new mac. When I closed everything besides VLC, it is still an extremely choppy video. Do I need to delete random files to create more space? I have 152gb of 250gb available. IS it something wrong with VLC? When buying my MBP I assumed HD video wouldn't be such a tall task.

I would really like to get this fixed especially since I'll be watching football on my Mac in HD in 5 days and would really like not to have hiccups.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
 

ramzhh

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Here you go:




How do you find the codec? All I got was that it is 720p and x264
I can find no explanation for VLC being described as a PowerPC application in activity monitor, like it is on yours. Maybe that's the issue.