Viewing movies on iBook G3 Clamshell

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  1. sotosoul macrumors newbie

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    Hello,
    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

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    720p is going to be pushing even a low end G4 depending on format.
     
  3. harrymatic macrumors 6502

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    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

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

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    ISTR that the cool thing back then was to rip DVDs to VCDs and play those on the iBook.
     

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