Waching iTunes video on MBA rev. A

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by NYU02, May 3, 2009.

  1. NYU02 macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2007
    Will watching movies from iTunes be a problem on a recently bought rev. A MBA? Have they fixed most of the problems or was that not even a problem to begin with, it was just HD over the internet video?

    Don't want it to overheat from just iTunes movies since that will be the graphics intense thing done to the computer.

  2. NYU02 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2007
    anyone??? Just want to know if I purchase a tv show or movie on iTunes, can I watch it without a problem on a rev.A MBA.

  3. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    Per Apple:

    Playing HD-quality videos purchased on the iTunes Store requires a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or faster processor

    I can't find any differentiation between "purchased" and "rental", although since it's not real-time (unless you have FO or ?), the file sizes should be about the same (no quality difference between rental and purchase). That's all about I can find at the moment. I'm thinking there's no quality difference, thus the file size is the same. It needs to buffer, depending on the speed of your connection. For my 3Mbps, that's usually the better part of an hour, before "play" time.
  4. Thorbjorn macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2008
    FWIW, I watch rented iTunes movies all the time on my Rev. A MBA. I've never had slowdown or stuttering or anything other than a perfectly smooth experience. The fans do come on and the casing gets warm, but nothing that's alarmed me so far. (If you want specifics as to HOW warm, I can watch a movie tonight and report back.)
  5. remobot macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2009
    austin, tx
    i have never tried renting from the itunes store, but i have watched plenty of movies that were ripped from my dvd collection. all of these play fine through itunes or quicktime. in my experience choppy video & heat were results of streaming videos online.
  6. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    Is yours a 1.6 or 1.8? Does it have HDD or SSD?
  7. Thorbjorn macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2008
    Scottsdale, I'm using a 1.6 HDD Rev. A. It's been great for my uses so far, but I probably don't push it too hard. I do stream through Hulu on occasion--and that's been fine, too--but I've never tried streaming for more than about 1.5 hours. Rented videos from iTunes, which are downloaded rather than streamed, don't seem to cause my system any stress. I haven't even bothered with Coolbook. Only thing I did was disable Dashboard (which may or may not have helped...dunno...).
  8. aaquib macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
    See, Scottsdale...Not every MBA is prone to core shutdowns and overheating :rolleyes:
  9. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    I watch standard def TV shows on my Rev. A 1.6GHz w/ HDD. No problems or overheating. I'm not using coolbook either nor did I replace my thermal paste.
  10. adyork macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2008
    Music City
    I also have a similar question regarding a MBA rev A. I frequently stream from Hulu in 360p, but when I try to watch it on fullscreen, the images become jumpy, like there is a slight lag to the video. It also does this if i try to play it on 480p, or if I try to connect to an external monitor. I have comcast high speed, which is supposed to pull DL at 12mbps, but I have never checked it. Just wondering if there is anything I can do to correct this jumpy video problem, or if its just internet connection.

    If it helps, my GF has a white macbook, base model from 2 years ago, and it does the same thing if I hook her laptop up to an external monitor.

    I am using minidisplay port to HDMI cable to play on a 32"HDTV.
    Any help would be appreciated.
  11. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    When I had a Rev. A, I did not have problems with HD or SD iTunes video. Flash was a different story.
  12. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    Once the machine gets hot, I have pronounced stuttering even watching iTunes SD rentals and purchases.

    It's a Rev. A 1.8 with an SSD.
  13. mshaf macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2009
    No problems with my REV A HDD bought in February. Videos run great from Itunes, Youtube, and others!


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