MacBook Pro and fullscreen VLC brings lag?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by NikFinn, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. NikFinn macrumors 6502a

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    I just got my MBP and upgraded the ram to 4gb of crucial ddr3, along with a 500gb WD scorpion. The problem is when I try to watch a full screen episode of a tv show that I have saved on my computer, the video will stutter, the picture will freeze but the sound will go on. Sometimes the picture starts moving again, but sometimes I need to pause or go back by "scrubbing". Now, I do have a few programs running in the background, usually firefox, ichat, transmission and sometimes iTunes. But they aren't really actively being used except for transmission as it's downloading a file. I tried to open up my activity monitor but nothing seems wrong, as I had over a gig of ram left and cpu wasnt even close to being maxed out. I did try to run it again after just restarting my computer and then it ran fine, but I feel like it should be able to run a few programs without lag, as my old single core 1.76ghz pc had no problem doing this. Maybe this is too much to ask?
     
  2. applebook macrumors 6502a

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    What codes does the video file use?

    It could be a corrupt file.

    Are you having any other hardware problems? If not, then the issue is likely with VLC and/or the particular videos that you are trying to play.
     
  3. NikFinn thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I tried it with many episodes of a TV show from a torrent, and another entirely different TV show and they are all .avi format. I tried updating VLC to the newest version and that didn't help. And there hasn't been any other problems at all with my new machine.
     
  4. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    You're not asking too much and you shouldn't be having any problems.

    Double check that you have the latest version of VLC - 1.0.1
    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html
    (The update/upgrade doesn't automatically install)

    Also, several different torrents might actually be of the same original, and if that original was corrupt so are the others.

    Try playing a DVD and see if it produces the same effect.
     
  5. thleeal macrumors regular

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    how to solve vlc issues

    hi i got my macbok about a month agpo and thaught it was the computer thats was messed up after finaly haveing had enuf, i watch ALOT of avi's, i solved the issue with my technical brilliance,!!!

    downgrade VLC to 2 versions before the latest one, the last version has the same issue.

    thleeal
     
  6. kasakka macrumors 68000

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    Or just use Movist or NicePlayer when watching videos while doing something HDD intensive in the background.
     
  7. zw-gator macrumors 6502a

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    Are you skiming though the video or just playing it straight through?

    If you're playing it straight though then it's a problem with the video.
     
  8. kasakka macrumors 68000

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    No it's a problem with VLC. There's some bug in it that causes it to stutter if there's something writing a lot to the HDD at the same time, like you'd have with Transmission downloading files. Movist and NicePlayer both work perfectly fine during that.
     
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Another vote for Movist and MPlayer OS X Extended.
     
  10. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    I haven't had that problem since upgrading to 1.0.1.

    It really was god awful with the 0.9.10 versions though.
    Do movist and niceplayer work with as many codecs as VLC?
     
  11. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Plex and MPlayer OSX have the best playback of any players I've used in Mac OSX.
     
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Is anyone else still getting terrible seeking and subtitle support in VLC under h.264 in MKV?
     
  13. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    This is why I say VLC is full of fail...:rolleyes:
     
  14. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Well at least MPlayer OS X Extended has Apple Remote support now and a new icon. It's nice when watching animu and HandBraked content.
     
  15. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    I haven't had any luck getting MPlayer OSX Extended to work reliably for me. I just use the old MPlayer OSX off MPlayer's website.

    Also, Plex is the best anime watching program. Trust me ;)
     
  16. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The Plex interface is a major turn off for me.
     
  17. NikFinn thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    All of this has been happening with version 1.0.0 and the latest version 1.0.1. This was also happening while playing the movie straight through. I tried downloading the div x codec for quicktime and playing the movie full screen and it seemed fine but I only watched the tv show for about 5 minutes. Maybe I'll try mplayer, but I have always used VLC for pc without any problems.
     
  18. kasakka macrumors 68000

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    Just get Perian codec package and Movist. Movist doesn't support subtitles that well (won't do all the styling and whatnot some have) but other than that it works great.
     
  19. FCBarca macrumors member

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    Having the same problems with my 2.53 Ghz MB Pro 13" with 10.5.8...VLC and avi or mkv files will occasionally stutter on playback...Sometimes even when not in full screen mode...VLC ends up crashing as I get the pinwheel of death from Apple.

    I tried downgrading the VLC from 1.0.1 to 0.9.9 but that didn't make any difference
     
  20. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    I just updated to the latest version of VLC and I noticed this in the read me file:

     
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