YouTube Videos on MacBook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ro050408, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. ro050408 macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2010
    I currently have the 2010 11" MacBook Air. I am highly considering the purchase of the 11" i7 MacBook Air, but need to know more about its performance with web videos.

    My 2010 Air cannot play them full screen...even on 360p quality. 1080 does about one frame per second. 720p MIGHT do two FPS.

    So, my question is this. Can the new models actually play YouTube videos full screen without stuttering badly? If it still has performance that cannot even handle a 720p video, that will greatly influence my decision!
  2. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
  3. MR1324 macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2010
    can you post a link to the youtube video you are trying to play? i had the 11" 1.4GHz/2GB MBA and was able to play 720P full screen just fine using the latest flash and safari. the 2011 11" MBA has no problems playing any youtube videos i've tried
  4. Obscurelight macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2011
  5. Jordan921 macrumors 601


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    I have no issues playing 1080P youtube videos fullscreen
  6. ro050408 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2010
    I have the same one but with 4GB's. I cannot play ANY youtube/internet videos full screen, no matter what browser I use. I have always figured this was due to the computer not being powerful enough.
  7. stylinexpat macrumors 65816


    Mar 6, 2009
    At the local Apple store I noticed that all the new MBA's would not play Youtube videos :confused: You needed to download some flash player and that player was not available for the new MAC OS.
  8. CapnJackGig macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2011
    You have serious issues with your Air then. I have a 2010 13 inch Air with only 2 gigs of ram and I play 1080p videos just fine. No lag, no skipping, no framerate issues. I normally just stick to 720p for fullscreen though. There's something terribly wrong with your Mac.
  9. CapnJackGig macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2011
    double post
  10. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    Download chrome and it will install flash. I don't know what you mean by flash not being available, because it is. Best solution is to use the HTML 5 version of YouTube.
  11. ro050408 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2010
    Here is one example:

    If I set it to 1080 and play in the window, it is fine. On full screen, even 240p stutters. 480p and up is unwatchable. It has been like this since the day I got the computer. Any ideas?

    I have read that hardware acceleration in flash needs to be turned on, but I cannot find that anywhere to check.
  12. alau0115 macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2009
    Markham, ON, Canada
    Which one of 2010 that you have? I had the 2010 1.6Ghz 4G RAM and had no problems running 1080p Youtube. Maybe it is the network problem that you experience with?
  13. WillMak macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2005
    #13 2006 white macbook plays 720p amd 1080p flawlessly....that is weird
  14. ro050408 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2010

    I have the 1.4 4GB ram. It is not an internet problem as I have a 50mb connection and no issues on any other computers. This is an issue on this machine.
  15. happyslayer macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    I just ran the video of the Captain America Video from the link, selected 1080p and went full screen. No issues at all. In fact, I realized that I was doing a Time Machine backup to my Time Capsule at the same time and still no lag, no stuttering or voice-to-lip lag.

    I am on the late 2010 11" MBA with 1.6 C2D, 4GB RAM, 128SSD and nVidia 320m.

    Something seems goofed with your Safari/Adobe maybe. Hunt down the Adobe 11 beta. (Google Adobe Flash 11 beta) Goto the Adobe beta software page and make sure to download the flash uninstaller first then the beta version of flash 11. Run the Flash uninstaller, reboot, run the 11beta installer. That is what I did when installed the beta of 11. Although, admittedly, I never had any flash issues before the beta either. (Except for the typical "suck my battery dry syndrome" that flash seems to cause, that's why I also run the click2flash Safari extension.)

    Good Luck.
  16. CapnJackGig macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2011
    Like I said above, your Air or your install is messed up. My 2010 runs that fullscreen in 1080p easily using Flash. Using HTML5 my Air doesn't even heat up .
  17. ro050408 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2010
    I just installed Flash 11 Beta. Still no dice on full screen videos of any quality.

    I did notice that hardware acceleration was not checked on the settings menu (right click on any flash video and click settings). BUT....I cannot do anything about it because nothing in the menu responds to any clicks due to an incompatibility with OSX Lion. Greeeeat.
  18. CapnJackGig macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2011
  19. ro050408 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2010
    HTML5 is fine for the limited number of online videos available in that format.
  20. Gemütlichkeit macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2010
    I'm amazed people still think a 1.x i5 would struggle with dumb flash movies.

    This isn't a netbook with a cellphone CPU in it.
  21. smokedog macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2008
    How can a 2010 Macbook Air not be able to play 720p flash videos? Even my Asus Android tablet can play HD flash videos and thats just a 1GHz cpu.
  22. Duke15 macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2011
    I tried using the html5 converter extension for safari but it doesn't work on youtube the video never loads, anyone else have this problem?

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