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supernova777:
thats called scrapin the bottom of the bucket;) lol
:D  :-X
i think i was always amazed seeing computers play movies back around that time... late 90s..
it never worked that well from what i remember..
not like vlc works nowadays thats for sure..

Protools5LEGuy:

--- Quote from: Graveyard on March 21, 2014, 01:54:07 AM ---Hey guys. I was wonering if any o you have experience in converting movies to be watched on older machines like the iMac G3 or old iBooks. I am planning to convert some movies for a friend of mine that has one of my old iMacs. He's using both OS9 and Tiger. I am more interested in the OS9 part. What player would you use and how would you convert the files, in which format? I'll be doing the video conversion on my i5 iMac so it doesn't take ages.

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Read this from the Great Zen http://powerpcliberation.blogspot.ca/2012/08/video-on-powerpc-part-2-playback-on-g3.html

Graveyard:
Thanks for the link. I had read that article a while ago. It has some useful info though.
I'm really amazed by how much the world has changed around us. Flash has become a resource hog, video codecs likewise... In 2006 i had an almost identical iMac as i described above, on my desk and i could still download torrents and watch a movie on the damn thing. Youtube still worked like a charm. What the hell is happening? I don't see any improvements to the video quality in general when i access youtube. I don't want all that crap in HD all the time. And video codecs... The usual video file you find on the web is still about the size of a cd. ~700 MB. Quality? Still the same i had back in the good old days when i started watching movies on something else besides my tv. If i want better quality, i get myself a 1080p file and that's it. I know you guys are audio professionals, but maybe someone can shed some light on this. Maybe i am just too damn ingnorant to see some hidden facts in all of this...

Dane D.:

--- Quote from: Graveyard on March 21, 2014, 01:54:07 AM ---Hey guys. I was wonering if any o you have experience in converting movies to be watched on older machines like the iMac G3 or old iBooks. I am planning to convert some movies for a friend of mine that has one of my old iMacs. He's using both OS9 and Tiger. I am more interested in the OS9 part. What player would you use and how would you convert the files, in which format? I'll be doing the video conversion on my i5 iMac so it doesn't take ages.

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In my experience, the G3 is not good at playing movies unless there are low-quality. My solution is to get the movie onto a DVD, than the G3 with a 900MHz - 1.1GHz after market CPU and at least a ATi 9200 card will play back just fine.

For example, I shot HD video, import via iMovie and export at highest quality which I think is 960x540. iMovie at least the version I have, will not export in HD. Than I create a DVD in iDVD and burn to disc. Works great.

supernova777:

--- Quote from: Graveyard on March 23, 2014, 01:23:15 AM ---Thanks for the link. I had read that article a while ago. It has some useful info though.
I'm really amazed by how much the world has changed around us. Flash has become a resource hog, video codecs likewise... In 2006 i had an almost identical iMac as i described above, on my desk and i could still download torrents and watch a movie on the damn thing. Youtube still worked like a charm. What the hell is happening? I don't see any improvements to the video quality in general when i access youtube. I don't want all that crap in HD all the time. And video codecs... The usual video file you find on the web is still about the size of a cd. ~700 MB. Quality? Still the same i had back in the good old days when i started watching movies on something else besides my tv. If i want better quality, i get myself a 1080p file and that's it. I know you guys are audio professionals, but maybe someone can shed some light on this. Maybe i am just too damn ingnorant to see some hidden facts in all of this...

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its just the codec + encoding that most people + services have moved on to use thats the problem..
some of the "Rips" that u see on torrents and stuff like that.. have been made by 'codec pros' painstakingly testing over and over to get the codecs + options jus right for good playback on lower end systems.. but this is becoming more and more rare now that hardware is getting better and better. people dont care about making the stuff work on lowbie macs because theres a large amt of better macs available at cheap 2nd hand prices... the world has moved on.. so noone cares to make it work. its not that it cant work.. it could. if encoded with the right software with the right options..
but noone will struggle thru figuring it out or doing the wordl to encode it because its easy to have it work non optimized on todays systems..

even back in the time u described. 2005-2006 most thruput on video cards in systems were shit compared to todays pci-express bandwidths. everyone was running AGP video still..
not only that therse been advancedments in compression and better codecs like Mastroska.. MKV
mp4.. what was the standard back in 2006? .wmv .mpeg .flv . mov?

i remember flv was a huge move forward for the internet around 2004-2005
youtube went live on February 14, 2005... i think it was flash player 8
that was the one that made flash video good enough that they could make a site like youtube and before FLV format people were already making video in flash just in basic
.swf files

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