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

  1. johndoe123abc macrumors member

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    Hi,

    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?

    Thanks!
     
  2. abta1 macrumors 6502

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    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

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  4. MikeVera macrumors member

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    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....
     
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    2014 MBA 4GB, 128 No issues playing 1080p MKV from Synology NAS over Ethernet connection.
     
  8. SRLMJ23, Jun 4, 2014
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    SRLMJ23 macrumors 65816

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    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

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

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    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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