Viewing movies on iBook G3 Clamshell

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by sotosoul, May 27, 2014.

  1. sotosoul macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2012
    I am the lucky owner of a 300MHz first generation iBook G3, with 40GB HDD, 192MB RAM and Mac OS X 10.3.9. I wish to watch a movie on this old machine, just for the sake of it. Does anyone know which format should I compress my movie to? Please mention codec, bit rate etc for both audio and video!
    Would you say 720p is OK? I wouldn't dare to go as high as 1080 :p
  2. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    720p is going to be pushing even a low end G4 depending on format.
  3. harrymatic macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2013
    United Kingdom
    Forget about 720p - you couldn't even display it, the Clamshell display is only 800x600. You could probably just get away with MPEG-2 video in 480p, but you may have issues playing it from USB memory, since the USB controller is only 1.1.

    That said, I used to watch TV shows in Windows Media Player format using the dreadful WMP port for OS X on a 500MHz iBook years ago, and that was playing directly from a USB flash drive at 1.1 speeds.

    Just try encoding a short sample video into a variety of formats and find what works for you.
  4. sotosoul thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2012
    Thanks, I was being sarcastic about 720p :p
    So, would you think 320x240 .mov would be viewable?
  5. jruschme macrumors 6502


    Dec 20, 2011
    Brick, NJ
    ISTR that the cool thing back then was to rip DVDs to VCDs and play those on the iBook.

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