Latest 13" MacBook Air and Blu-Ray good news!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Mr Dobey, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. Mr Dobey macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2008
    I was amazed today after receiving the new MacBook Air 13" (2.13 Ghz, 4GB RAM, 256 SSD) at how well it decodes H.264 video.

    I attached the full Blu-Ray specs of the file. (only the audio track was compressed to AAC, video is uncompressed).

    Long story short, playing through Quicktime X the CPU never went above about 18% meaning practically the entire video was offloaded to the GPU:D
    I could skip to any part of the movie with absolutely no lag or dropped frames.

    Coming from a 3 year old MacBook Pro that cannot even play a Blu-Ray without being unthinkably choppy I am very pleased.

    Just thought I'd share my great results.

    I have not tested to see if the Displayport/HDMI out supports audio yet though.

    Attached Files:

  2. BENJMNS macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2005
    another happy customer :D
  3. Dammit Cubs macrumors 68000

    Dammit Cubs

    Jul 31, 2007
    in a more important matter, why do you have a boondock saints II movie? I'm going to assume they never made a sequel.
  4. Mr Dobey thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2008
    not nearly as good as the first boondocks.
  5. Corax macrumors 6502


    Apr 27, 2009
    Willemstad - Curaçao
    The new MBA's MiniDisplayPort does support audio with HDMI!
    Start System Profiler, and check 'Audio'.
  6. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    To be blunt....I thought the sequel sucked.

    And yes, Bluray rips play very well on my 13" as well.
  7. tomacintosh macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2005
    My Air managed a 720p mkv file last night, not tried a full 1080p bluray rip yet. I've ordered a Moshi Mini-DP to HDMI adaptor (with Audio support) so I'm looking forward to testing that out :D
  8. Loonytik macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2008
    Good to know...

    And Boondock Saints II sucked ass...
  9. kapalua12 macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010
    United States
    Would someone please be so kind as to direct me to software and instructions to rip a blue ray disk to a hard drive for viewing on business travel? Thanks.
    I have the Mac Book Air Ultimate.

    Can I also do that with my latest generation maxed out iMAC 27"?
  10. Adidas Addict macrumors 65816

    Adidas Addict

    Sep 9, 2008
    Yeah, you can rip and watch blu rays on any current mac.
  11. Mr Dobey thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2008
    That's what I noticed but I would love to hear/see it in action as proof!
  12. ///M5 macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2009
    I believe the same should apply for the 11" MBA, correct? Mine is maxed out.
  13. pfjellman macrumors regular


    Mar 18, 2010
    correct. they have the same gpu. although it might send your cpu up a little more than 18%, i haven't tested as i only have the 13".
  14. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
  15. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    The previous gen MacBook Air played Blu-ray rips just fine with Plex, too. You just have to make sure to extract the HD audio to AC3 or DTS in the final container.

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