How to get better movie playback on 2010 Macbook Pro?

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  1. bender o macrumors 6502

    bender o

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    Hi guys,

    Here's my question, I have a 13" 2010 MBP 2,4Ghz Core2Duo, 8Gb RAM and 500Gb 5400RPM Hard Drive.

    I watch a lot of movies on it so I upgraded to 8Gb RAM thinking that was what was causing me problems and I also got a larger hard drive since I had mine almost at full capacity. I watch 720p DTS .mkv movies connected to a 32" Sony LCD with HDMI.

    I get a lot of bumped frames specially when there's a lof of effects or movement on the camera, how can I improve my performance? I've used MPlayerX and VLC and nothing seems to stop that issue.

    Will taking of my optical drive and installing a SSD on it work? Is there a better/cheaper way to get better movie playback?

    Thanks in advance :D
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Have you tried Movist yet?
    I don't have problems playing back 720p or 1080p .mkv files on my 2007 iMac and 2009 MBP.

    If you still have problems during playback:
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    Have a look at Activity Monitor (Applications / Utilities /) and select All Processes and sort by CPU to see what the culprit may be.
    Also check the "System Memory" tab to see what your "Page ins:", "Page outs:" and "Swap used:" are.

    image below uses sorting by CPU as an example
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    Further reading:
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    If that is still not bringing any answers, analyse one or three .mkv files with VideoSpec (I prefer that, though it hasn't been updated since 11/2009), MediaInfo Mac (10/2010) or MediaInfo (4/2011, there is a Mac OS X version to download, VideoSpec and MediaInfo Mac are using the same library as MediaInfo) and post the reports.
     
  3. bender o thread starter macrumors 6502

    bender o

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    I've never heard of it, I'll give it a try and if I still have issues I'll continue with that memory and cpu systems things you said.

    Thanks :D:D:D
     
  4. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Try Perian too. It's a set of plugins that enhance the playback formats read by QuickTime.
     
  5. bender o thread starter macrumors 6502

    bender o

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    But that work only when I use QuickTime to reproduce the movies or with every player?
     
  6. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Right, it'll let you use QuickTime to playback anything. Also any program that uses QuickTime as a backend processor will benefit.
     
  7. bender o thread starter macrumors 6502

    bender o

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    I'm gonna check it out too thanks :D
     
  8. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    VLC. I've been using it for years and it plays everything I throw at it.
     
  9. SHADO macrumors 6502a

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    Do the movies stutter when you play them on just the MBP without attaching it to the HDTV? Have you tried connecting the TV to your MBP with a VGA or DVI cable? I have a Samsung P2570HD and connecting it with an HDMI cable didn't work very well, but then I switched to a VGA and it's excellent.
     
  10. bender o thread starter macrumors 6502

    bender o

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    Actually I haven't tried, but don't you lose the hi-def when using VGA?
     
  11. SHADO macrumors 6502a

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    No I get native 1080p resolution.
     

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