Confused about the "1080p" thing...

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by chrono1081, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    Hi guys,

    I always see threads where people complain about Mac OS not being able to play 1080p video...

    ...but it does. It plays the 1080p video my slr shoots just fine. Am I missing something here?

    I also downloaded 1080p video clips online and they played just fine. What are people referring to when they say Mac OS can't play 1080p?
     
  2. iMouse macrumors regular

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    Perhaps they were incorrectly referencing some codecs or container formats that can contain high-def video that do not play well or at all on the Mac OS.

    Some high-def Flash video, until hardware acceleration was enabled, ran like crap on most low to mid-range Macs.

    I specifically bought my Mac mini as a media center to play 1080p H.264 video in a .mkv container.
     
  3. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

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    Possibly they are referring to the Mac TV not playing 1080P?
     
  4. G.T. macrumors 6502a

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  5. martinX macrumors 6502a

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    Dunno. Which people/threads?
     
  6. chrono1081 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Thanks guys for the responses :)

    @MartinX, I forget which ones exactly. I see it fairly often though, especially when people talk about ripping blu ray.
     
  7. spatry macrumors newbie

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    I had a iMac summer 2007 and it wasn't able to play h.264 in 1080p. I think the first time I saw a iMac playing 1080p without dropping frames was when the announced the Nvidia with the h.264 embedded decoder. Now I have a MBP (summer 2010) 17'' and it plays fullscreen 1080p video without dropping a single frame... at around 10-15% cpu (thanks to Nvidia hardware decoder).

    Sylvain
     
  8. roslee7 macrumors regular

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    wat there mean is that when a HD video of 1080p be play on a slower computer, the video will be lagging. I have a same problem coz mine is 1st generation macbook air and when its hot, the video will lag. quite frustrating sometimes.
     
  9. KeithPratt macrumors 6502a

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    I think, given the reference to Blu-ray, the issue might be that Macs don't natively play nice with certain codecs and wrappers. Which is not to do with HD, per se.
     

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