MBP - Flash drops frames - wtf

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sdsvtdriver, May 3, 2009.

  1. sdsvtdriver macrumors 65816

    Jul 31, 2008
    Southern California
    New MBP as of three weeks ago.. 2.66

    When playing flash videos from youtube, SD or HQ, frames get dropped every so often. The audio doesn't stutter, just the video hangs for a half second or so.

    This happens in Safari 4 and Firefox 3.

    I have uninstalled flash and reinstalled. Same problem. Even switched to the 'Higher Performance' video card. Nope.

    Loaded up IE7 via Fusion and video plays fine.

    I assume from previous posts that the mac just sucks at flash playback?
  2. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    Its not that the Mac sucks at Flash playback, its that Adobe didn't make Flash properly for Mac. Its because when they made it for Mac they made it massively processor intensive, so if your Mac doesn't have a fast processor its awful. Flash was originally made for Macs which makes things suck even more. You'll notice your CPU heating up and your fans getting louder when you watch Flash videos online such as on youtube.
  3. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    To your left or right
    Adobe not making flash properly = macs sucking at flash playback. it may not be apple's fault directly but that doesnt change the fact that macs suck at it.
  4. Warranty Voider macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2008
    Maine, US
    I've always hated flash on macs. I can't imagine that Adobe would purposefully design flash badly for macs, but I guess they just don't put as much work into it as they do windowz.
  5. sdsvtdriver thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 31, 2008
    Southern California
    I could understand the flash playback sucking if what you describe happened, however both cores do not go over 50% and the fans in the notebook haven't gone over ~2k RPMs since I have had it.

    Ridiculous for a $2k laptop.
  6. lapino macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2009
    Same here. Flash video (for example shacknews.com and gametrailers.com) tend to drop frames quite a lot, almost like the video stops when reading from the buffered hdd info. Very annoying. No fix?
  7. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
    You could use a plug in to download and convert the video i guess, but might be more time consuming than just getting the skipped frames
  8. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    do you def have the latest flash version installed? it changes all the time, maybe the fix might be small enough to give you an extra frame or two :p

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