"Watch in HD" Youtube - Choppy on Mac OS X

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  1. julienko3 macrumors regular

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    Y'all seen the new "Watch in HD" feature on Youtube?
    Well it's here - try it with this "Where the hell is Matt?" video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY

    I just have one question. I've tried on a PC and it runs very smoothly in XP, but when it comes to my mac, the video is very choppy and pauses for 1 to 2 seconds. I've updated Flash and Java, but it isn't helping. My specs are good too.

    Please assist me in fixing this.

    Thanks

    -Jules
     
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  3. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    What are the specs for your Mac? What version of OS X are you running?
     
  4. julienko3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm running the very lastest version with all of the updates on a MacBook Core Duo with 2ghz and 2gb of RAM. I even tried it in Parallels and it did the same thing.
     
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    Macbook 2.0 GMA 950 the video is smooth as silk
     
  8. julienko3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Strange - that's what I have... GMA 950

    I downloaded the YouTube videos through the menu in Safari, and they are very smooth, but they are just unwatchable in Safari.
     
  9. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    works fine here on new alum macbook, the first few secs are indeed choppy but im 100% sure that has to do with the video being downloaded and displayed at the same time. If i leave it till it fully loads before i start it the choppiness disappears.
     
  10. Jordan.S macrumors newbie

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    I am having the same problem. I'm guessing it's flash for MAC OSX. I know it's not the Macbooks hardware, since I know it has more power than my other old Pentium 4 windows laptop that runs Youtube HD content with no problem. Slow clap for Youtube developers.
     
  11. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    iMac AL over here and no issues whatsoever. Though you do need to let the video buffer with those HD videos. Doesn't stream that quick.
     
  12. julienko3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    At least I've narrowed the problem down. I've let it load completely and then played it, but I get the same problem.
     
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  14. julienko3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Damn. Thanks for trying Snake, but I reverted to Flash 9 and now it isn't even giving me the option to watch HD with most vids, and when it does, it isn't even HD.

    Any other ideas folks?
     
  15. luisomtz macrumors newbie

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    I think the GMA950 cant do 1080P, but it certainly can handle Youtube HD. Try other web browser and see if that problem occurs. If it continues, then it is flash fault.
     
  16. johto macrumors 6502

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    I have 2007 model 24" iMac, 2.4GHz, 4 GB RAM, Ati HD2600.

    Using latest Leopard and Safari, Flash v.10 and it plays smooth. About 80% CPU, even in fullscreen. Its important to make sure you have "hardware acceleration" setting on in your flash settings(press second mouse button on the video for the menu) ...

    i tried also without hw accel and it was more pixelated and had nasty tearing.
    I usually first let those HD youtube videos to download/buffer fully before watching because downloading + hard disk activity can make vidoes to shutter a little and other bacground applications also can tax your CPU.
     
  17. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    i dont have a problem with hd on youtube with a late 2.4 mbp
    i have flash 10
     
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    Have you tried quitting all other apps? I have to quit iTunes before Youtube HD runs smoothly.


    irmongoose
     
  19. julienko3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well guys, I followed all of your advice, and the video is not as choppy, but still extremely choppy with 1 second hesitations rather than 2.

    Keep comin with the ideas.
     
  20. johto macrumors 6502

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    Tell us how much CPU it takes when its playing and how much something is taking cpu on the background too ..install "istat menus" to see it easily.

    Oh, you have 2.0GHz CPU ? That might not "just" be enough. I see my 2.4GHz takes about 80%
     
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    my PC running Windows XP sucks at the HD stuff on Youtube..however my specs are crap.
     
  24. julienko3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, I installed iStats, and it takes up 99%-100% of my CPU!!! Thankfully, I'm getting an iMac when they get updated.

    Thanks all, I guess it's just my specs.
    ;)
     
  25. Jordan.S macrumors newbie

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    It's adobe's flash player. We'll have to wait in till Adobe releases an update.
     

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