Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by RMT25, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. RMT25 macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2011
  2. zen.state macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    It's very good yes. I recommend it to anyone with an older Mac or that just wants to lower CPU use to watch youtube.
  3. Heavertron macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2011
    Didn't work for me on Saturday. Did YouTube change their URLs again? Can anyone confirm a known working version on Leopard?
  4. RMT25 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2011
    try to play it on the quicktime player setting.

    Version 3.0.7 is the latest as of July 10th

    It works on powerpc and intel, 10.4 or above.

    Only for Mac OS X.
    Universal binary application supported PowerPC / Intel(R) processor. (Maybe)
    Mac OS X 10.4.2 or higher / Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.(Maybe)
    Safari 2.0 or higher / Adobe Flash Player Plug-ins 9.0 or higher
    Safari 4.0 or higher / QuickTime 7.6 or higher (for "Video Player / QuickTime Player")
  5. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Surely HTML5 YT is just as good? I'm guessing it's using the QuickTime backend for rendering...?
  6. zen.state macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    HTML 5 uses less CPU than flash yes but MacTubes set to QT still uses about half what it does. Mactubes with QT set as the player format uses about 1/3 or less what the web flash does and half or less what even HTML 5 uses.

    Even the flash version is essentially just a QT h.264 with a flash wrapper for the ads and all the other crap that gets shown overtop of the video.

    To give you an idea how efficient it is in comparison my Aunt can play up to 360p with Mactubes on a B&W G3 tower upgraded to a G4 500MHz. No way she could ever do that on the site.
  7. nickn, Jul 29, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2011

    nickn macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2011
    I posted this somewhere else but it still works better then mactubes for me so I will re post it here.

    To get low CPU usage while watching YouTube you need to use safari and have the develop menu enabled. You enable this by going to safari preferences then the advanced tab and then check Show Develop menu in menu bar. Then open the develop menu on the top right of the screen and click user agent, then Safari iOS x.x.x - iPad. Next open a video page and If you have a little slower ppc machine make sure the HQ button is unselected below the video. Now when you watch YouTube, videos will play in QuickTime on the YouTube page and you will still be able to see comments and have a nice browsing experience. Videos should play with a very good frame rate and there should be little video stuttering. This works very good on my 1.33ghz iBook G4.
  8. mpwolken macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2004
    Great post nickn!

    This method works really well on my TiBook G4 1GHz / 512MB :cool:
  9. KurtangleTN macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2007
    I've had similar success with just going to

    The mobile site opens a QT video and it's buttery smooth on my Powerbook G3.

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