Can you play HD movies on Macbook Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mekhattak, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. mekhattak macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2010
    Hi, This is my first post and I am trying to find out if you could play HD 1080p movies on Macbook Air. I know it doesn't have blue ray or a dvd drive but if you can get it on the hardisk would you be able to watch it on macbook air.
    And if you are able to watch it then would be the same quality as it is supposed to be.
  2. redbotsoftware macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2009
    Yes, HD will play on a MacBook Air. But your limited to the screens resolution of 1280x800, enough for 720p, but not 1080p, which is 1920x1080.
  3. mekhattak thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2010
    thanks for the quick response man. so if I am buying it just to watch HD movies then its the same as the macbookpro 13" or 15"?
  4. cleric macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    VLC should be releasing an update in the near future for H264 hardware acceleration on OS X we might be able to play 1080p then at least 720p should suck less juice. I believe the air will play 1080p on windows?
  5. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    My Rev A MacBook air played 1080p mkv files with vlc 1.1.1 smoothly. No problem at all.
  6. mekhattak thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2010
    Thanks man. Now MacBookAir seems like a good option if you are going for a laptop that is portable and you can watch HD movies on it and is a MAC
  7. DiamondGCoupe macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2007
    You're better off with a MBP. The air lags when watching even You Tube videos after 5-10 minutes. It does play DIVX movies flawlessly but for the same money MBP is a better option. Twice the battery life too, go with SSD either way!
  8. mekhattak thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2010
    Thanks man. One more thing. How would you compare the MacBookPro with the Toshiba Satellite a665-3dv?
  9. Scorpio12345 macrumors member

    May 3, 2008
    Hey man, im a prospective MBA buyer who's looking to pick up your 2.13ghz SSD model. Are you using the accelerated Flash GALA release?
  10. Airforcekid macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    United States of America
    I have and can play 1080p YouTube no problem. Now is a good time to buy the Air I don't see updates until early next year when they run out of C2D chips.
  11. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    Note that the MBA will display 1080p on an external display. However, when trying to display 1080p with a browser plug-in, it sometimes stutters and has problems. If you use an actual HD capable player/video, outside of a browser, it works perfectly. The Nvidia GPU is perfectly capable. Video on my 24" LED ACDs is STUNNING. I think it's better than my HD TV, as the colors are out of this world.

    Apple just started allowing low-level API access to the GPU's resources. This means that in time the MBA will actually do hardware decoding of h.264. Even in browsers, the MBA's HD video playback capabilities will get better fast. I have noticed Apple improving GPU drivers almost constantly with each 10.6.X update. The MBA truly does just keep getting better and better without any physical changes.
  12. DiamondGCoupe macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2007
    For about 5 minutes. Then you have to shut it down to cool off. Go with a MBP.

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