I have a professional notebook, so why can't I play this You Tube video?

Mildredop

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Selecting 4K or 8K makes my 2014 MacBook Pro get very hot and run the fans but it won't actually play the video. At all.

It's a professional, £1,400 machine. Why can't it play it? There's many comments, so other people aren't having trouble. Maybe they're on PCs? I know PCs are better for gaming, so are they also better for video playback?
 

leman

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Its a problem with youtube, your browser or your internet connection. Your computer is certainly more than capable of decoding and playing 8K content.

BTW, the 4K version works very well here, but I have a symmetric gigabit internet connection. When I try to switch to 8K, youtube for some reason switches to the flash player and then the output is garbled
 
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yjchua95

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Selecting 4K or 8K makes my 2014 MacBook Pro get very hot and run the fans but it won't actually play the video. At all.

It's a professional, £1,400 machine. Why can't it play it? There's many comments, so other people aren't having trouble. Maybe they're on PCs? I know PCs are better for gaming, so are they also better for video playback?
I'm on a late-2013 13" rMBP and it handles 4K without lag at all (25/5 connection). 8K crashes it however, even on my nMP (12 cores, 64GB RAM and D700s) so I suspect it's probably with the browser or the site itself.
 

cambookpro

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The 4K plays fine on my 2011 MBP (though granted it isn't pushing as many pixels in the display), but the 8K just spits 'an error occurred' message from YouTube.
 

johannnn

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Get hands on the original video and play it locally. Then you know if your "professional computer" can play it or not. Don't trust Youtube to decide if your computer is professional or not.
 
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SYLiu

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I have a custom built desktop PC with a GTX 980 SC and a 3.4GHz Core i7 that turbos up to 4 GHz, yet I still can't stream the 8K video well at all. Lags like hell. It may not be a Mac, but that doesn't matter in this case, performance should be the same. You have absolutely nothing to worry about, your laptop is fine.
 

Mr.C

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The 4K version plays just fine on my 2015 13" Retina MacBook Pro and doesn't generate extra heat or fan noise. I didn't try the 8K though as I doubt that would work.
 

mellofello

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I find this annoying too. I like to watch a lot of 4k youtube content, like the Marquees Brown reviews, and my 2014 MBPr can't handle it. I sometimes even get lag on 1080p videos. Not my internet connection, I have 300mbps fiber.

I just recently got this machine, and it is very disappointing since 4k will be the standard sooner then later. Even if the screen is not 4k, there is much more detail.




watch this video, and toggle 4k it looks like you wiped vasoline off the lens. Unfortunately all I see is 1 frame per second.
 

cookiesnfooty

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I find this annoying too. I like to watch a lot of 4k youtube content, like the Marquees Brown reviews, and my 2014 MBPr can't handle it. I sometimes even get lag on 1080p videos. Not my internet connection, I have 300mbps fiber.

I just recently got this machine, and it is very disappointing since 4k will be the standard sooner then later. Even if the screen is not 4k, there is much more detail.




watch this video, and toggle 4k it looks like you wiped vasoline off the lens. Unfortunately all I see is 1 frame per second.
Runs great on my 2015 MBPr, that's the IRIS Pro model too.
 

yjchua95

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I find this annoying too. I like to watch a lot of 4k youtube content, like the Marquees Brown reviews, and my 2014 MBPr can't handle it. I sometimes even get lag on 1080p videos. Not my internet connection, I have 300mbps fiber.

I just recently got this machine, and it is very disappointing since 4k will be the standard sooner then later. Even if the screen is not 4k, there is much more detail.




watch this video, and toggle 4k it looks like you wiped vasoline off the lens. Unfortunately all I see is 1 frame per second.
It runs just fine on my late-2013 13" (Iris 5100) at 4K.
 

abta1

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I find this annoying too. I like to watch a lot of 4k youtube content, like the Marquees Brown reviews, and my 2014 MBPr can't handle it. I sometimes even get lag on 1080p videos. Not my internet connection, I have 300mbps fiber.

I just recently got this machine, and it is very disappointing since 4k will be the standard sooner then later. Even if the screen is not 4k, there is much more detail.




watch this video, and toggle 4k it looks like you wiped vasoline off the lens. Unfortunately all I see is 1 frame per second.
I have a 2015 rMBP 13" and this video at 4K plays perfectly smoothly.
 

johannnn

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Also, consider flash. I run without having flash installed, and the 4K video works great. However, Youtube gets an error message when choosing 8K.
4K might be a standard soon, but flash won't. So disable it and try again.
 

lowendlinux

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I can play the 4K without the discreet but switching to the 8K requires the discreet. I have a sandy i5, Quadro NVS 4200, using Opera and up to date Arch Linux.
 

beavo451

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I just hit play on the original link and it works fine on my mid 2013 MBP. What an awesome video with pan and tilt! I've never seen one like it.
You need to change the quality from auto to 8k.

8k from YouTube also takes up about ~40mbps so you have to have a good Internet connection as well.
 
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Xgm541

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It's something with the video or youtube. I have a i5-4670k and a r9280x and the video brings my computer to a halt.
 

Badrottie

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I tested on my desktop Windows PC - Windows 7 Pro, AMD Althon64 4800+ dual core CPU, 2GB Hyper X memory, and powerful ATI Radeon 1950 512MB video card...Runs 4K like butter. I guess I am lucky?
 

Eldiablojoe

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Plays smoother than a baby's butt on 8K on my 2009 white unibody MacBook with upgraded SSD and 8GB RAM. Helps I'm using a Time Capsule wifi router and have smoking hot Cox Cable internet ;-)
 

Quu

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3930K (6 Core, 3.8GHz Intel CPU) with 32GB of RAM and a GTX 780 here. On Windows 8.1

The 4K plays fine, no stuttering or anything, the 8K is completely unplayable. Stutters like crazy and keeps pausing etc.
 

lowendlinux

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My dual hex hackintosh doesn’t do any better than my i5 Linux laptop. I opened activity monitor and it barely blipped the processors. Thanks for posting OP
 
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