Video format for playing back on G4 500 powerbook

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by retrocool, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. retrocool macrumors newbie


    Jan 29, 2004
    I've got a G4 500 powerbook which can play DVD video just fine.
    However if I try an mp4 file it skips and jumps and is unwatchable.
    So far, the only way I have found of making video that plays reliably is by using a VIDEO TS folder through Apple DVD player. But this is a hassle and I'd much prefer a single file for each video. Quicktime? But what codec, and how can I convert to it?

    Any ideas?
  2. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Any implementation of h263 will work well (divx, xvid etc). It's not as efficient as h264 as far as the quality:file size ratio goes but it will play a lot better.

    You could also try Baseline profile h264 (in handbrake, choose any preset which supports iPod classic or nano).
  3. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    I found that VLC will play most standard definition AVI files without a problem on my 550Mhz Powerbook G4. Just isn't room for much else to do when it's playing a movie.
  4. Imixmuan, Jun 19, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2012

    Imixmuan macrumors 6502

    Dec 18, 2010
    Coreplayer. You can even stream from youtube (and many other video sites) in Coreplayer, start a download of a mp4 file in Mactubesv (or use Downloadhelper in tenfourfox to copy the url of the file, and copy that into Coreplayer), drag that puppy onto Coreplayer and stream away. I can't tell you how well it will work on your G4, but I suspect 480p will stream fine. I think 720p will be beyond you.

    Coreplayer is 20 bucks, less with the coupon in the FAQ at the top of the PowerPC mac forum page. So worth it. Trust me, you WILL NOT be disappointed.
  5. DrakkenWar macrumors 6502


    Nov 7, 2010
    San Antonio,Texas
    Have to agree with VLC and Handbrake.

    Both are staple installs not only here on my PB, but my intel Mini. Fabulous pieces of software and free too boot! Can't beat that for something that work so well.
    I think the real issues will come down to: The nerf with the 32mgs of video ram (Correct me if I am wrong) and the 5400rpm drive which is stock in those TiBooks. (We could also talk ram, but meh.) While I never did much more than basic internet research and paper writing on my TiBook in college so I can't give you specifics beyond that.:(

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