Minimum macbook pro 13" model that can play 4k video

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by unagimiyagi, Dec 4, 2016.

  1. unagimiyagi macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009

    My digital camera records in 4k. I'd like to play that back using a MacBook pro 13" model.
    The bitrate may be around 100 mbps. I wouldn't edit it, just play.

    Which models can do the task? I don't need a quad core for that, do I? I'd be using VLC.

    Thank you
  2. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    The 13" touchbar is fine (I have one and can play back my GH4 files no problem, which are 100Mbps for the standard 4k mode.) I'd say even the non-touchbar would work, as decoding video is still hardware accelerated. Note that it is scaled down as the display isn't 4k.
  3. kwandrews macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2012
    Colorado, USA
    ANY of the 2016 MBP's can. I also have a 2016 MacBook 12" (m5 processor) and it can play 4k as well.
  4. kiranmk2 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2008
    TBH most Macs from the last few years will be capable of playing these files. The 2016 models have hardware decoding of HEVC codec (if that's what your files are encoded with) but only up to 8-bit. If your video is 10-bit, it will rely on software decoding which will use more cpu cycles.

    tl;dr it will play but may get warm/use more battery

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