Playing videos on the 11" MBA

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  1. wineandcarbs macrumors 6502a

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    Hi all,

    Would the 11" MBA with 4GB ram have any issues with playing videos via VLC (downloaded media, not streaming media)? What about if hooked up to a projector and projecting them via VLC?

    Would it handle streaming video on YouTube well?

    Do the current GPUs affect either of these things? Also would whether I have an i5 or i7 processor effect either of these things or the ability to multitask? (Assuming I pick the 4GB ram regardless.)

    I recall someone saying 1080p videos lag a bit for them sometimes, but wasn't sure if this was due to the GPU/RAM/or what. I'm more concerned with the playing videos on VLC as this is what I tend to do most when showing media via my computer (currently an MBP).

    TIA!
     
  2. LiesForTheLiars macrumors regular

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    No, you shouldn't have any issues at all. 1080p movies run just fine on it.
     
  3. wineandcarbs thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you. Are you talking about 1080p streaming videos or downloaded content that's on the SSD?
     
  4. LiesForTheLiars macrumors regular

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    I'm talking about 40 GB Blu-ray rips (from an external drive, of course) in VLC as well as streaming content.
     
  5. Jare macrumors 65816

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    If my 2GB ram model can do it, your 4gb model sure can. ;)
     
  6. wineandcarbs thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you, everyone!! :) I have to do this for work sometimes, so need to make sure it is doable since the main purpose of this computer would be for work. :p
     
  7. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    Playback of most all videos is perfect.

    I work in visual fx and I have also worked on uncompressed 2k frames and playback was ultra smooth!

    I play 1080p videos from an external HDD with no system lag all the time.
     
  8. wineandcarbs thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Great to hear. TY!
     
  9. darkheroz macrumors member

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    problem

    Hi,
    I have some problem in playing HD video from Youtube via Safari. Freezes and lags are common. After turning off Flash block addon things became better.
    For playing already saved videos there are not any problems.
     
  10. wineandcarbs thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you!! :)
     
  11. Zeov macrumors 6502a

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    No, we're in 2012 and you're buying expensive Apple products, it will work.
     
  12. wineandcarbs thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    LOL. Thanks :p I just like to double check these things.

    Kishi Kaisel - you are right about modern computers being pretty overpowered for average tasks. Good to know the MBA is more powerful than I realized.
     

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