Entry level Mac Mini can't play 1080p videos?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by irock101, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. irock101 macrumors 6502

    irock101

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    Hey,

    I just picked up a mac mini for the living room and I am kinda disappointed.
    Here are the specs:

    1.4GHz Mac mini
    Specifications
    1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    4GB memory
    500GB hard drive1
    Intel HD Graphics 5000
    OS X Yosemite

    So I plugged in a USB drive with some 1080p movies on it and it doesn't play really smooth. It feels like the Mac is working hard to display the video properly and skipping a frame here and there.

    On the other hand it plays 1080p YouTube videos just fine.

    I am using VLC to play my home videos.

    Any ideas how I can fix this?
     
  2. chrfr macrumors 603

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    It should do this fine, but have you tried copying a file to the internal disk first?
     
  3. NT1440 macrumors G4

    NT1440

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    You're probably using a usb 2.0 flash drive. If you put it on the mac it will play with no issues whatsoever.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Of course the entry level Mac mini can easily play 1080p videos with ease, as can any Mac model made in recent years.
     
  5. irock101 thread starter macrumors 6502

    irock101

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    Just did that and I got the same issue like before :(
     
  6. xylitol macrumors regular

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    Probably just a VLC problem. Google VLC 1080p stutter/lag/skipping/etc
     
  7. NT1440 macrumors G4

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  8. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    VLC can be pretty flakey, though it does tend to "play" everything. See if it will run in XBMC (Kodi/Helix).
     
  9. Mr. McMac Suspended

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    I've never had stuttering problems with VLC on my base mid 2011 Mac Mini with 8gb's of ram through a USB drive. Maybe it's a ram issue??
     
  10. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

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    I use MplayerX in OS X. I find VLC isn't optimized properly for OS X.
     
  11. Meister Suspended

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    The iPad2 plays 1080p and the original iPad 720p....

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    ... because the amount of RAM is so relevant for this topic and his forum is in desperate need of another RAM thread. :p
     
  12. capuzino macrumors regular

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    Home videos?
    That sounds like something heavy.

    Is the file format .mt2s or .mts on those videos that doesn't play properly?
    Or are the videos packed inside AVCHD folder structure?

    I'm only asking because AVCHD/MTS is pretty CPU/GPU intensive video format used widely on non-professional videocameras, which should be converted to something more proper and "easier" like MP4. -For converting there are multiple choices, even free ones, on and outside Mac App Store.
     
  13. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    I have plenty of media files that are 1080p M2TS files that play fine. MP4s are more often further compressed files so naturally they should play well but at a cost of quality.

    Like others here, I suggest the OP try another player such as XBMC/Kodi (or Plex) which can take advantage of the on board GPU. MPlayerX might also work well with the native files.
     
  14. capuzino macrumors regular

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    Native camera files, right? I have plenty of MTS files off camera and those doesn't run well. Or some of them run well, but those are low quality 1080P ones. From few cameras, amateur and professional, and no matter was it MPlayerX, XBMC/Kodi, VLC or Quicktime, everyone of those suffer with the files, on one way or an other. Skipped frames, low playback quality, too fast playback etc.. Problem seems to be with the support of the camera codec because while computer warms up with it, it isn't strained to death.

    Being more compressed doesn't always mean critically worse quality.

    But let's just wait OP to tell us what is/was the problem.
     
  15. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    I agree - if you play back on an iPhone or iPad one might not tell the difference. However, on my TV it is a huge difference and I don't just mean crushed blacks and loss of detail in shadow areas.
     
  16. applelover4u, Mar 31, 2015
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    applelover4u macrumors 6502

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    I got like 10 different apps open,also I got VM fusion windows 7 open and I have a USB harddrive connected to mac mini 2014 i5n 1.4ghz 4gb ram and my John Wick 1080p is running like a champ in quick time!
     
  17. Meister Suspended

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    Troubleshooting:

    Make a new user account.

    Log only into that new account and do not install any software.

    Then try to run your videos.

    Do they work correctly now?
     
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  19. GilesM macrumors 6502

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    I have the same model, and had exactly the same problem. I solved it by moving the OSX to an external SSD. This improved performance to the extent I am now able to play Blu-ray Discs and 1080p video files with no problem at all.

    Excellent fix!
     
  20. mdhwoods macrumors regular

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    Same issue though mine is quite a bit older. I find vlc hit and miss. I use plex to play any hd movies and they play beautifully on my older mini.
     

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