The 11.6" MBA and 1080p MKV

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  1. ImperialX macrumors 65816

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    Anyone with a 11.6" MBA, 1.4Ghz, 4GB RAM, care to try playing a 1080p MKV file encoded in h.264 and x.264 + FLAC audio? I'm very interested in seeing the performance.

    This is a killer feature for people who watch anime. ;)
     
  2. drjsway macrumors 6502a

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    Just tested it. 100% smooth in VLC.
     
  3. ImperialX thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you very much. Do you happen to have a 1080p TV/display you can connect to and see if there is any form of stuttering at that resolution?

    Greatly appreciated.
     
  4. emigrant macrumors newbie

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    What about the fan speed(rpm)? 6200rpm? ;)
     
  5. The Final Cut macrumors 6502

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    I am curious about this too, 1080p playback is great and all, but if there are issues playing on an external 1080p monitor I would have too pass on the air.
     
  6. ImperialX thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I think you mean just the 11.6" model. The 13.3" can play 1080p back on an external 1080p monitor without a problem.
     
  7. Maila87 macrumors newbie

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    Sounds nice. Can you get info from Activity monitor please during playback?

    I need for work 1080p MKV playback on 720p and 1080p external device. But the 11,6" model looks so nice and handy.

    BTW: If I tried to play 1080p MKV x264 on MacbookPro 2,2GHz, GF 8500GT 2GB RAM, it was slideshow. After upgrade to newest VLC it is watchable for now.
     
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    100% smooth connected to 1080p TV. CPU activity only 40-50%.
     
  10. C64 macrumors 65816

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    What about heat and fan speed during that time?
     
  11. ImperialX thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Extraordinary. Interested in knowing the fan speed, and whether there are slowdowns after extended playback.
     
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    Fan was quiet. No slowdown after 3 hours. I guess new version of VLC has hardware acceleration.
     
  14. ImperialX thread starter macrumors 65816

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    You sold me. Ordering my MBA.
     
  15. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    Get the 720p version anyway. Most Anime doesn't air in HD in Japan, much less in 1080p. You're just getting upscaled files that just take up more space than they need to.

    Not that I doubt the MBA can playback those files, just that wasting bandwidth is ridiculous.
     
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  17. ImperialX thread starter macrumors 65816

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    *Cough* BDRip *Cough*

    Completely unrelated question, you're probably a fan of TTGL, looking at your avatar?
     
  18. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    I watch speedsubs mostly. I don't wait for BD releases.

    Who isn't ? ;)
     
  19. Meever macrumors 6502a

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    1080p anime seems kind of wasteful most of the time. Unless it's a full length movie with a big studio behind it most animes have pretty shoddy production quality these days and the extra details from 720 to 1080 seems almost nonexistent. I'd rather be able to fit a whole season onto a flash drive opposed to three episodes XD
     
  20. illLAdelph macrumors newbie

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    So I won't be needing a 1.6 to play 1080p mkv, a 1.4 can do it?
     
  21. hachre macrumors 6502a

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    Yes
     
  22. Macpowered macrumors member

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    Why do you want to watch 1080p on a screen with 720p resolution (almost)...
     
  23. hachre macrumors 6502a

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    Always the same question...

    1. 1080p might be the only thing available.
    2. External displays do exist.
     
  24. illLAdelph macrumors newbie

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    Yes, exactly, I have plenty of 1080p mkv's and a 1080p Samsung LCD that I want to play them on...

    So if I get a 1.4 will I notice any major differences in power vs the 1.6? Like any specific known problems or slowing down?

    And I assume it is more important to get 4gb of ram vs 2 instead of 1.6 vs 1.4?
     
  25. Maila87 macrumors newbie

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    When played 1080p MKVs in VLC on my MacBookPro from 2007 with 2GBs RAM. There were no problem. Yes it has more powered CPU, but RAM is just 2GBs.

    So guess, that this shouldn't be the bottleneck.
     

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