Macbook Air and HD movies?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Northwestern, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. Northwestern macrumors regular

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    Hi,
    is the MBA 13" 1,8 GHz, 4 GB Ram and Intel HD 3000 capable to play iTunes HD movies without stuttering or jerking or overheating or fans going loud?

    And is it possible to connect a Bluray external drive (like this here) to the MBA? And does it play Blurays without stuttering or jerking or overheating or fans going loud?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. X5-452 macrumors 6502

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    I'm running the 13" 1.7 i5 and do not have a single issue playing HD movies at all, so the 1.8 i7 should handle it just as smoothly.

    Unfortunately, I do not have an answer about the Bluray; however, based on it's ability to handle raw HD video then Bluray should not be a problem.
     
  3. litchblade macrumors member

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    Im using my Macbook Air 13" as my Media Station aswell. I use plex for that, for 1080p and 720p movies and its working damn good.

    I got the 13" 256 SSD and i7
     
  4. henrikrox macrumors 65816

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    My boxee box with a 1.2 ghz intel atom cpu handles raw bluray files with 30+ mbps bitrate. With no stress.

    So ye. Hd movie isnt a problem.
     
  5. Northwestern thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you all for the infos. I guess I will order the MBA today. :)
     
  6. skyton macrumors 6502

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  7. echo.park macrumors regular

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    Watching HTML5 720p movie uses like 2-5% CPU.
    I think iTunes is much the same or even better due to better hardware acceleration.
    And no issues with noise or heat either.
     
  8. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Macs can't play blue rays natively yet. There's a published "hack" using VLC combined with MKV. If they're ripped though, the MBA will play them perfectly.
     
  9. Maziar macrumors 6502

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    Same here
     
  10. AFPoster macrumors 65816

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    I have that same Blu-Ray player for my 2011 MacBook Pro and it works great. I got it because my friend with a MB Air told me about it and he uses it for all of his blu-ray movies. Highly recommend it!

    App to get: MakeMKV
     
  11. orfeas0 macrumors 6502a

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    If you're worried about heat/fan noise you should get the i5. The i7 gets a lot hotter, and as a result needs a faster fan.
    But I don't think it will get that hot with hd movies, maybe with games etc.
     

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