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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:27 am    Post subject: Playing Video On Older PowerPC Macs Stutters & Out of Sy Reply with quote

Is there any way to improve Video Playback on the older Macs? I know their Video cards are out dated, but that is the only thing that bothers me about using my older Macs. For eg. using my iMac G4 800 MHz.w/ 1 GB Ram & playing any video including Youtube clips stutters drastically & the picture is totally out of synch with the audio. Or am I just out of Luck due to it's slow processor?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm trying to think back, Dino -- and I'm pretty sure that I can't ever remember having these playback problems on my eMac (1GHz G4).

Does this happen on Vimeo or Viddler as well as YouTube? Is it possible that your particular version of Flash player is a resource hog?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the best thing you can do is look for a player with low overhead. I've found VLC works pretty good on the G4.

What you may want to do, if you are still having issues is look for a player that only support 1 or 2 file formats. Hopefully one that's efficient and either try to source or convert your files to that format for that machine.

This isn't my area of expertise (well nothing is actually Laughing ) but someone who knows more about formats and efficiency can help.

You might what to look on a forum dedicated to G4 cube owners. I'm sure you will get the appropriate solution within minutes.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of the time it's YouTube. DVD's Play good. Video files not great. So maybe it's more of a connection thing with YouTube. I am using it Wireless with Airport B Card, so maybe I just answered my own question. I will test this with other options, players (VLC, QT), ethernet, etc....
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure if it exists, but there must be some sort of plugin that will allow you to adjust the buffering for youtube. You could download the entire video first, but that's not to fun.

I recall seeing buffering setting, but I've never had success. Perhaps others can chime in.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I usually let YouTube vids buffer all the way to the end. If you have the videos set for the larger size playback, it's not going to work.

Or you can use something like KeepVid to download the video in the format of your choice.

However, once you go to resolutions beyond DVD size video, you are going to have problems with the playback.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dino, have you tried different playing youtube in a different browser?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No Tony. My browser of Choice with Tiger is Safari. Guess I could try Camino or Firefox. I use Google Chrome on my iMac & Mini with Snow Leopard. I'm watching these in normal resolution, not even full screen.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dino1956 wrote:
Guess I could try Camino or Firefox.

It would only take 10 minutes to download, install and try out, so I'd give it a go, Dino. If nothing else, it will help you to deduce where the problem lies.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Johnnyboy, good idea! I will do when I get back on the iMac G4.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love it when Dino has technical problems... very entertaining Smile

Just kidding, but, I've found the site to be a little bit boring lately with Devo taking a bit of a leave. My focus has also been elsewhere.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i can fix this

here is what you do

install camino instead of safari i know this sounds weird but camino uses a different type of flash player plugin that allows youtube videos to play better however you will still get pausing and loading due to the network adapter in the g4 800 series machines sorry but camino should help with playback
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