H.264 worse than Flash?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by MacBH928, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. MacBH928 macrumors 68030


    May 17, 2008

    I am not technical, and I am not going to get into the Flash vs H.264 debate, but Apple says h.264 is better because it doesn't crash the system and doesn't turn the heat up and eat up cpu.

    I joined youtube h.264 html5 program,
    in all honesty h.264 is performing worse than flash on my core2dou macbook. Its early 2009(or late 2008) model, 10.6.4 and I installed the latest graphics acceleration upgrade.

    I usually get fans at 2001 rpm and 72-C on CPU(161.6 F) with flash
    running youtube h.264 videos I get
    fans at : 3200 rpm or more!
    heat: 76-80 C(168.8-176F)

    do I have an issue with my computer or is it the h.264 too much to handle?

    or maybe youtube html5 is not h.264 after all?
  2. ThirteenXIII macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2008
    as much as I know about h.264 is that it gets processed via the GPU and vram.
    where as flash uses up CPU/Memory afaik.

    so it could be lack of a decent GPU in your system and memory.
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    H.264 and Flash are different this with very different purposes. There may be some overlap, but not much. H.264 is a highly scalable video format. It is designed to fit perceptually high-quality movies onto limited-capacity media/low-bit rate transmission. The flip-side of high compression is that it requires more computing power.

    Flash is an environment for developing interactive media. Video is a small part of its capabilities. The flip-side of interactivity is mission-creep and feature-bloat.
  4. MacBH928 thread starter macrumors 68030


    May 17, 2008
    all in all,
    If html5 is going to run my macbook at higher temperatures , why did Apple even ask us to switch and drop the flash format?

    My macbook is pretty recent, its from last year, it has 9400M geforce....
    I know its not an amazing graphics card, but if last year models won't run html5 well

    why would Apple even bother switching int he first place. Maybe h.264 works well only on mobile devices?

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