Stutter-free HD video on a 3 year old Macbook: A pipe-dream?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Radiomancer, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. Radiomancer macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2007
    I have a three year old macbook. Here are some specs:

    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook2,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.16 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 667 MHz

    My video card is intel GMA 950, I think.

    I've been striving to achieve stutter-free HD playback on my Macbook. I've used NicePlayer, MplayerOSX, Quicktime + Perian and even Boxee. And of course, VLC. All of these players experience stuttering or visual artifacts - particularly during action-intensive parts of the video.

    I'm considering getting CoreAVC for Windows (Bootcamp) for usage in Media
    Player Classic. I wish one could use CoreAVC with OS X, but apparently the only player that utilizes that codec on Macs is infamously limited in use.

    Any tips, recommendations, insights?
  2. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
  3. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    I think you might be having some other kind of issue. Let me put it this way I have a media center that runs a 1.6ghz c2d with 4gb ram and an intel 945i gpu onboard.

    It can run anything upto 720p upscalling to 1080.

    It'll run a 1080p file with the odd missed frame during high speed shots but it isn't unwatchable.
  4. Radiomancer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2007
    This is an example:

    Format : Matroska
    File size : 559 MiB
    Duration : 21mn 7s
    Overall bit rate : 3 698 Kbps
    Encoded date : UTC 2010-03-05 01:20:18
    Writing application : mkvmerge v2.4.0 ('Fumbling Towards Ecstasy') built on Nov 7 2008 17:24:23
    Writing library : libebml v0.7.8 + libmatroska v0.8.1

    Videos like this...really all HD videos...are subject to this kind of stuttering on my macbook =(
  5. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    Try MPlayerOSX Extended with multi-threaded playback and Plex.

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