Latest Gen and HD Video

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by johndoe123abc, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. johndoe123abc macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2012

    I'm wondering how well the latest generation MacBook Air handles 1080p HD video, specifically MKV files?

    Given the lower spec processor and onboard graphics, is it powerful enough?
    Will it stutter / skip frames?
    Are "likely" advancements in the field of video encoding / playback going to cause problems during its probable lifetime e.g. 4-5 years?

  2. abta1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2010
    Paris, France
    On my 2013 11" i5 MBA with 4GB RAM, I have had zero problems playing 1080p video on either laptop itself or when connected to a 1080p monitor or my TV via Airplay.
  3. johndoe123abc thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2012
  4. MikeVera macrumors regular

    May 5, 2014
    I have a base model 2013 Air, 13 inch and it does both of what you asked just fine.

    I would imagine video playback may sometimes not be multithreaded (depending on the program), as such turbo boost can kick in and your processor will be running in high-2 to low-3 GHz range depending on your configuration....
  5. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
  6. johndoe123abc thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2012
  7. 1080p macrumors 68030


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    2014 MBA 4GB, 128 No issues playing 1080p MKV from Synology NAS over Ethernet connection.
  8. SRLMJ23, Jun 4, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2014

    SRLMJ23 macrumors 68000


    Jul 11, 2008
    New York
    I have a Late 2010 Model, and it can handle HD video very well.

    I will admit that if it gets really hot, performance slows down...but thats where smcFanControl comes in for it. Once I get the computer cooled backed down, everything goes back to normal.

    I also bought a really nice cooling board, with 4 fans and I use that occasionally and, honestly, I was a skeptic that a cooling board could keep my Mac cool but it does, I a talking about 86-89f degrees, and that is with the fan back on default.

    Heat is the enemy of a well performing computer.

    PS: I have an Nvidia 320m in my MacBook Air and I honestly cannot tell you if that makes a difference vs. Intel Integrated Graphics. If someone could help me out on that one, I would appreciate it.

    Edit: I also have "VERY COLD" central air in the house, and since its starting to get warmer and warmer, and downright hot and extremely humid somedays, I crank that up and it keeps the Mac nice and cool.
  9. HarryWarden macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2012
    I have the same model and frequently play 1080P MKV files via VLC Media Player with no problems.
  10. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    Do you mean editing 1080p or just playing it?

    If you mean just playing it: Do you seriosly think :apple: sells you a 1k+ laptop that cant play hd videos?

    My iPad can play hd videos via a hdmi adapter ...

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