G5 struggles at playing 360p YouTube video?

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  1. Beagl3 macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,
    I just want to know if it's normal for my PowerMac G5 1.6 single with 4GB of RAM and a Radeon 9800Pro to struggle at playing low res YouTube video, using the latest G5 optimized TenFourFox under Leopard. When i activate QuartzGL, 360p video is barely playable with a little stutter every 1.5 secs but 720p with flash is just a slideshow. I have heard of Dual G5's which had no problem doing 720p video playback, so is the cpu bottleneck really that huge? Or is there any way to get YT working on this machine? My GeekBench Scores are about 1050 points.
    Thank you all.
     
  2. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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    A single G5 should be able to playback 360 youtube halfway decent if you allow it to buffer as much as possible and load all the other page content before you start playback. I haven't had a single 1.6 G5 in about 7 years now, so I don't have any experience with them on the modern net, but I've got plenty of internet time on my 1.5 and 1.67 G4 PowerBooks. I would also recommend against TenFourFox for YouTube honestly. I think Stainless and Leopard Webkit will give you much better results.
     
  3. Dronecatcher macrumors 68020

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    You need to be using the latest beta of TFF for optimal performance - it handles HTML5 playback much better.

    http://tenfourfox.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/tenfourfox-4530b2-available.html

    Bear in mind, HTML5 playback is harder on your system than Flash.

    Youtube plays back fine at 360P in Flash on my 2,1 G5 iMac - but it does Geekbench slightly higher than your G5 at 1176.

    For guaranteed Youtube playback, use these methods:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/youtube-options-in-2016.1986056/

    Best all round is Ninjakit solution as you can play the video in browser - Clicktoplugin offers the same but Quicktime integration isn't as smooth.

    If you prefer TFF, use an add on to kill unnecessary javascript - makes loading the Youtube page quicker. Also consider a custom host file to block adverts to help things along.
     
  4. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

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    Seconding a Jscript killer for TFF. There's so much junk that loads with a website and killing it is about the only way PPC browsing is going to happen anymore.

    Privacy Badger will also kill a lot of trackers. Give it a shot too.
     
  5. WalnutSpice Suspended

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    On this topic, YouTube on my G5 under TFF only has playback options for 360, but other websites that have HTML 5 video give me all options up to 1080. I know it should be able to play 480p pretty good under HTML5 if I let it buffer but I don't have the option for that. Any ideas how I can fix that? It's the only thing keeping me using Safari and Flashplayer, I'd rather watch 18FPS avg 720p flash than a solid 28-30FPS 360p HTML5
     
  6. Dronecatcher macrumors 68020

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    The low down on TFF HTML5 playback is here:

    http://tenfourfox.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/tenfourfox-4530b2-available.html
     
  7. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    Well, I don't have a lot of experience with the single-core G5 systems, but they should play 360p YouTube just fine. This piece of information may help: my dual 2.0GHz G5 will only play YouTube at 360p in TenFourFox, but then I tried using the Leopard-WebKit browser using Flash to play the videos. I found that I could play 720p smoothly using WebKit and Flash. Maybe you should try using WebKit and see what the results are.
     

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