OSX video player for HD content

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  1. kdrweez

    kdrweez New Member

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    I just downloaded the entire BBC Planet Earth series in 1080p, and I just got a 30" Samsung 305t. Needless to say, I'm a little stoked to check it out.

    But good ol VLC keeps choking and seems to have a little low of a frame rate while playing. The stuttering gets unbearable on high-bitrate vids. I've got a 2.8ghz 8core Mac Pro and a Geforce 8800.

    Is there any other player that plays exotic h264/mkv/ac3/etc videos but might run better? VLC seems to run at almost 100% CPU, and I don't think it can use multiple cores.

    Oh yea, I've tried mplayerx or whatever, and that QT plugin pack that begins with a "P" lol. They all basically have the same problem.

    Thanks [​IMG] Any help is VERY much appreciated...I have a $3000 computer that you can make films on, but I can't watch them. Yet a $300 PS3 can lol.
     
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  2. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    It is quite unfortunate there aren't any good x264 decoders like coreavc for windows. Also AFAIK OSX doesn't offload any of the video decoding to the GPU like it does in windows. You could always use boot camp and boot into windows then use Media Classic w/ the CoreAVC plugin. I always use my PC as I haven't found a way to play them good on my MBP.
     
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    kdrweez New Member

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    I would, but I can't run Bootcamp because I have a RAID :(

    It looks like theres a CoreAVC for OSX, but it uses some weird player and can't do AC3.
     
  4. Pitt

    Pitt 1-1-11 — Never Forget OT Supporter

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    my mbp plays 1080p fine.
    my powerbook can't even handle 720p :o`
     
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    kdrweez New Member

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    What do you play 1080p in?
     
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    Pitt 1-1-11 — Never Forget OT Supporter

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    vlc
     
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    5SpeedSER OT Supporter

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    Im surprised you have issues with VLC... i can play 720p no problem on my macbook with it and 1080p on my G5 with out issues.
     
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    JCrev Where is your god now? OT Supporter

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    I have no problem playing 1080p videos on my mbp. Sometimes the first 10 seconds or so of a video are choppy but after that its fine.
     
  9. xenon supra

    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    I've got an 8 core mac pro as well. Using VLC:

    It usually is a bit choppy while getting started and if I scan through the movie, but if I let it play through it catches up in 5-10 seconds and plays great.
     
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    nsxrebel New Member

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    just thought i'd throw it out there, but how much ram do you have? would that be a significant factor?
     
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    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    try niceplayer
     
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    wouldn't even play two of the MKV files i tried with :ugh:
     

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