Quicktime Choppy compared to VLC?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Aries326, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. Aries326 macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2007
    I've got some mp4 files here that are accompanied by DT4 sound files. For some reason, when I play these files with Quicktime, the video is pretty choppy. Playing with VLC, everything seems to run smoothly. Why is quicktime slow? I'd like to use iTunes to organize my movies and watch them with Quicktime but not if the 720P and 1080P movies look choppy

    I've got a SG33G5 with a Q6600 at 2.7ghz, 4 GB of RAM and a X1950GT video card (my system is a hackintosh). Do I need a new video card or is there something I need to do with the settings?
  2. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Maybe a codec problem? Try another HD video and see if it is widespread.
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    Yeah, Quicktime is pretty sucky. Best is Plex, then VLC, then Quicktime. Video card is meaningless since it's all done by the cpu.
  4. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    Quicktime is kinda sucky, but considering how built-in it is in the OS, its pretty solid when you consider all the formats it can play, how integrated it is in things like Final Cut, Logic, iPhoto, Keynote, etc....
    But even Apple plans an overhaul for it for Snow Leopard, and there is much room for improvement.

    OP, try installing Perian, it's a Quicktime codec add-on. It lets Quicktime playback several codecs and containers that the default Quicktime can't play.

    MP4 with DT4, not sure what that is? Do you mean DTS?

    Download MediaInfo Mac (it's free), and find out more about your mp4 file.

    The more you know, the more we can help.
  5. Aries326 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2007
    Thanks for clearing things up for me, guys. Spacepower7, you're right, it is a DTS file, not a DT4 file.

    I didn't know the CPU did everything. I always thought the video card helped processing these files. But you'd think a quad core running at 2.7ghz would do the trick. I'll have to upgrade the RAM and try to get a bit more overclock.

    Anyway, I have tried various mp4 files and all mp4 files played through quicktime is choppy. But like I said, played through VLC, it works like a charm. It's a shame. I was really looking to use iTunes to organize my movies and converting all my mkv files over to mp4.

    I'll come back and let you guys know how things work out. I'm downloading all the suggested files now.



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