Videos occasionally jumpy on 2013 i7 8 GB Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by HarryWarden, Aug 13, 2014.

  1. HarryWarden macrumors 6502a

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    Watching high definition videos on my Air via VLC, I notice that it gets a little choppy/jumpy whenever there is a tracking shot in a movie. This behavior is new and I can't figure out why it started or how to fix it. Since I do a lot of movie watching on it, it is a high-priority for me to find out how to remedy it.
     
  2. Meister Suspended

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    Here is what you do:
    Open up a different user account.
    Log into that user account.
    Don't install any software yet!
    See if the video still jumps.
     
  3. HarryWarden thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's not jumping. What do I do to fix it on my main account now?
     
  4. Meister Suspended

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    Quick solution: Use the new account to watch videos only.

    Long solution: Good luck finding the app/ softare interaction / plugin that caused it. :(

    I have an extra account called 'itunes' for watching itunes 1080p movies because of a similar problem.
    Tried to solve it for hours. No luck ...

    Lesson to learn from this is:
    99% of problems are software related.
    A lot of people blame specs (ram, the usual suspect), which is nonsense and they think they need a new computer.
     
  5. HarryWarden thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Should I leave the extra account as Standard or make it an Administrator like my other one? Is there any reason to make it one vs the other? Thank-you:)
     
  6. Meister Suspended

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    That doesn't matter.
    You are welcome :)
     
  7. HarryWarden thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is it normal for all applications that I installed on Admin account to be accessible via the new account? What changed between the accounts that stopped the choppy video if I'm using the same exact version of VLC on both?
     
  8. Meister Suspended

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    That should mainly be the case.

    to complicated to explain. Just remember to leave the new account as innocent as possible, meaning don't install too much new stuff. Otherwise you might end up doing it all over.
     
  9. p3ntyne macrumors 6502

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    Have you tried using another video player such as QuickTime and/or reinstalling VLC?
     
  10. Meister Suspended

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    I assumed he has.
    Those are the obvious first attempts to fix something
     
  11. p3ntyne macrumors 6502

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    Well, not everybody knows or does that...
     

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