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Join Date: Jan 2009
Re: Youtube/Hulu/Front Row in OS X - 03-22-2009, 10:19 PM
I hear that using Safari 4 Beta makes the playback smoother.
Join Date: Mar 2009
Re: Youtube/Hulu/Front Row in OS X - 03-23-2009, 05:29 AM
Hulu high def is no problem here. I'm using Safari 4 too.
Plex can even play 720p videos over the network. However, it can only play standard def video through external TV, still pretty darn good already.
16Gb SSD, 2Gb RAM
Join Date: Apr 2009
Re: Youtube/Hulu/Front Row in OS X - 04-09-2009, 04:15 AM
It has to be a hardware thing or personal perception. To rule out hardware, Can we have people post what their system specs are? Say if you are lagging in hulu/youtube/netflix or if you are not. Memory size, bluetooth, webcam, ssd size/brand, bios revision, bios settings, Dell EFI version in use, if it is better plugged in than on battery, and your macx version. I'll start the posts in the next post I make.
Join Date: Mar 2009
Re: Youtube/Hulu/Front Row in OS X - 04-09-2009, 05:17 AM
so i've tried different things, and i recommend everyone use safari for hulu. youtube runs fine on both safari and firefox. i use firefox for web browsing, and even when i fully buffer a hulu show, it still seems slightly choppy. manageable but noticeable. when i use safari however, it runs smoothly right out of the box. no need to allow for a full buffer. my mini specs are in my sig, and i have 12MBPS internet. comparison was done on battery, and lowest qualities for all videos. front row movie trailers run perfectly, btw.
dell efi 1.1 beta 5 take 2
Join Date: Apr 2009
Re: Youtube/Hulu/Front Row in OS X - 04-09-2009, 05:20 AM
Mac OS 10.5.6
2gb memory transcent
32gb ssd super talent
connection: wireless G
Everything runs the exact same plugged in or on battery.
Bios Revision: A05
Dell EFI 1.2alpha5
Intel SpeedStep Technology: Enabled
No-Execute memory protection: Enabled
On Board Lan Control: Enabled
WLAN Control: Enabled
USB Bios Legacy Support: Disabled
USB Wake Support: Disabled
Card Slots: Enabled
Experience on OSx. EVERY APP IS CLOSED! PERFORMANCE IS BASED ON THE MEDIA BEING THE ONLY APP OPEN, no extra tabs in safari either, just having safari open in the background, will make xbmc lag like hell while watching 480p content, good luck getting 720p to run with ANYTHING open in the background, even the mac spaces app.:
Hulu/Youtube/netflix inside safari is the best browser experience. It still drops frames in action scenes.
Youtube inside Boxee runs great.
Hulu inside boxee is near perfect (runs inside a mozilla container inside boxee, optimized for mac I guess), but you can notice the jaggy pans/dropped frames.
Netflix inside boxee runs better than in safari, but you can notice the jaggy pans/cuts
SlingPlayers runs great with 0 lag on battery over wireless. It's like i'm at my tv.
Quicktime anywhere runs excellently.
Certain content in VLC player runs great like wmv, h.264 480p lags badly.
All content 480p or lower tried in XBMC/boxee runs great, wmv, h.264 480p.
XBMC/Boxee WILL play 720p content EDIT: I only dropped 119 frames when I watched the 720p big buck bunny all the way through. Most of those drops were at the beginning. So I am revising my verdict to very watchable.
I haven't tried front row.
Why do we even care about playing 720p content on a 1024x600 screen??? 480p looks stunning all aspects considered.
OVERALL OSX VERDICT;
Everything I want to watch, I can watch. Everything is very bearable. Everyone experiencing very choppy results, lets compare specs, settings, and experiences. We'll get to the bottom of this.
Experience on Windows XP with firefox caching hacks, and stripping it down. Flash inside firefox runs great dropping very few frames. Netflix based on MICROSOFT Silverlight runs with a few drops but over all very good (big surprise). VLC runs damn near perfect only slightly lacking with the mp4 big buck bunny flick at 720p. I haven't tried any other formats in xbmc or vlc. XBMC is lacking even on some 480p content, and boxee is unavailable for pc.
The bios update and the bios settings made a night and day difference for me on windows and mac (from slideshow to bearable). In my honest opinion, Mac is slightly worse than windows for flash/silverlight content, but not a huge difference. I can live with it because I love EVERY aspect of OSX over windows on my Mini9. The mac's are neglected for optimizations because this is a windows world...
When my Mini9 gets very warm, it can lag the 480p video (with wifi on) until it cools off just a little. If you are playing local content, turning the wireless OFF can make or break your experience in certain situations. I put my Mini9 to sleep, then wake it up, OCCASIONALLY flash content, even in boxee, will turn into a slideshow until I restart, does anyone have a theory? For all my content testing, I use all the different res/codec movies from http://www.bigbuckbunny.org/index.php/download/
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Birmingham, AL
Re: Youtube/Hulu/Front Row in OS X - 04-09-2009, 07:32 PM
Hulu plays video beautifully on my Dell mini 9 in Firefox. The only thing I've tried to watch has been older standard def shows.
I created a couple of movies with iMovie HD on my desktop Mac & neither one would play in QuickTime nor VLC on the Dell until I scaled them back severely.
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