MBA handling HD content?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by hohohong, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. hohohong macrumors 6502a

    Jun 1, 2007
    I have Rev B 1.86 SSD MBA.

    It doesn’t play 720p HD youtube smoothly. Jerky not coz of internet connection as I have 10 Mbps and up.

    My question is 2.13 MBA able to handle 720p?

    If the next MBA uses i7 (according to Scottdale), will that handle 720p? How about 1080p?

    Or maybe 1.86 can handle HD, but I need to optimize it?
  2. theappleguy macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2005
    Provided the next gen have better cooling, I would imagine 1080p would play back be fine. Remember with YouTube to make sure that you're using the HTML5 version instead of the Flash version. :)
  3. hohohong thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 1, 2007
    How do I select HTML5 over Flash?
  4. drjsway macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2009
  5. giacotit macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2009
    I have exactly your same machine and have no problem at all playing 720p HD on youtube...I don't think it's a hardware limit issue.
  6. zunairryk macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2009
    Vancouver, BC
    Make sure you have flash player 10.1 beta, if that doesnt help, then try installing snow leopard (if you havent already) and update to the latest 10.6.3 version.
  7. Pixellated macrumors 65816

    Apr 1, 2008
    I have a 2.13 SSD MBA and it has no problems watching an hour long 720p flash video.
  8. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    My HTML5 YouTube, in OS X on the MBA, has been much improved over Flash YouTube.

    Remember OP, Flash is a plug-in to the browser. The MBA is completely capable of both 720p and 1080p, but you have to run video in a native application not within a browser. The "plug-in" is the key. When running a plug-in Flash, there is no h.264 hardware benefit (Apple's Jobs doesn't like Adobe). If you download videos and play them in QT, Plex, VLC, and etc, you will be fine. YouTube works best with HTML5 in OS X, and it's always going to be that way.

    Apple feels threatened by Adobe, and Flash is a threat to Apple's business model. Jobs will do all he can to rid the world of Adobe, even though to the end user both Flash and HTML5 have proven to have the exact same results when both have access to h.264. Only Apple's Jobs could single-handedly destroy Adobe's Flash "status" as an Internet standard... the entire web is filled with Flash whether Apple likes it or not, and asking a few media companies to change everything for the iPad/iPhone OS is one minor piece of the puzzle. However, we're going to have Flash websites for a long long time... small business and entrepreneur websites aren't going to change anytime soon. And everyone with Flash skill-sets have wasted money on college and their whole degree because Jobs doesn't like Adobe. The whole situation is SICK! And it just proves that Jobs only cares about shareholder number one, himself.

    I would have a lot more respect for Jobs if he just was honest about Adobe being a competitor and a threat rather than publicly bashing Adobe every other day. Sorry for the rant, but the whole situation is sickening to me. How Jobs can single-handedly change the web for an iPad that doesn't even have 1/10th of 1% of the Internet browsing space yet and will not for several years.
  9. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2007
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 3Gs: Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.1-update1; en-us; Nexus One Build/EPE54B) AppleWebKit/530.17 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/530.17)

    My 1.86 has zero problems with 720 flash, I'm sure the 2.13 is good to go.

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