Help with (internet) HD video on my MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by maclook, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. maclook macrumors 65816

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    I have a black MacBook, 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. I just upgraded from 1gb RAM to 4. I was hoping the RAM increase would somehow allow me to play HD video smoother (though I really don't know what helps HD performance). I'm talking primarily about internet HD video. I can download HD trailers from Apple and play them perfectly in Quicktime. The problem occurs with sites such as Youtube HD, which stutters ridiculously when I try to play HD content. Gametrailers, I am able to play HD video much better but it still lags and stutters too much to consider it viewable. Like I said, I can download HD video from Gametrailers and play it fine through Quicktime. I use Firefox and Safari as my internet browsers.

    I was hoping maybe there is something I can do to improve the HD video performance. It would be a shame if my MacBook just isn't suited for it...
     
  2. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    may be a dumb question, but... is your internet fast enough to stream HD? are you sure the bottleneck is your computer and not your internet?
     
  3. Harmless Abuse macrumors regular

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    Things like Youtube are poor for Macs because flash support is ****.

    High-definition flash videos might be a problem due to the **** flash issues. This is why if it's downloaded, you have no issues.
     
  4. maclook thread starter macrumors 65816

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    yeah i was assuming that was the reason. i actually tried gametrailers using the quicktime option and it ran really smoothly in firefox. that's a real bummer :/. youtube's HD is the worst. and yeah i got fast verizon fios so internet isnt the issue. i let the video load completely before attempting to play it too.
     

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