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QuickTime flickering during Video Tutorials?

26890 Views 138 Replies Latest reply: Aug 15, 2008 4:34 AM by Daniel Warne RSS
  • truckstop Calculating status...
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    Apr 27, 2008 11:08 AM (in response to Shatterbox)
    In the event that Apple actually is monitoring this thread, I thought I'd add that I was almost in the Apple store, money in hand, ready to buy an new MBP when this issue broke. What's the result? The money is still in my pocket and they've lost a sale until I read that the issue is fixed. I'd love to replace my old G4 Aluminum PowerBook, but not if the new machines have outstanding issues. If my experience is any indication, there are a lot of us out here sitting on our hands, waiting to buy until this issue is fixed.
  • Edward Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Apr 28, 2008 1:07 AM (in response to truckstop)
    truckstop wrote:
    I'd love to replace my old G4 Aluminum PowerBook, but not if the new machines have outstanding issues. If my experience is any indication, there are a lot of us out here sitting on our hands, waiting to buy until this issue is fixed.


    I'll add my money's worth here: I'm in exactly the same position (except mine is a G4 Titanium PowerBook so that tells you how old it is...). My computer is certainly in need of replacement and I too have the money ready to buy. But I'm certainly not doing so until this issue is resolved because I use quicktime a lot.
    PowerMac G5 and (aged) Powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • xcom97 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    May 2, 2008 5:14 AM (in response to Nokida)
    still waiting for FLICKER FIX.....

    Message was edited by: xcom97
    DELL XPS 400/ Penryn 2.4Ghz MacBook/ 2 iPhones 16GB+8GB/ DELL Inspiron 1525, Windows XP Pro
  • smithers2112 Calculating status...
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    May 2, 2008 11:12 PM (in response to xcom97)
    There is one solution I found that seems to work so far.
    My macbook air came with a leopard 10.5.2 install disk.
    I installed over it with a leopard 10.5 install disk, then ran the updates and no flicker..so far...
    Some the videos still look a bit washed out to me, like others have mentioned. but at least no flicker.
    Macbook Air, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • smithers2112 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 3, 2008 6:49 AM (in response to smithers2112)
    one thing to note: like I said the video is still washed out, but if you move another window in front of it, it gets dark...strange..
    macbook air, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
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    May 3, 2008 9:24 PM (in response to Edward)
    Hi Guys

    Pls run Xbench & geekbench on your machines. The results are a shocker..my scores due to the crappy graphic card are back to the G5 days!!!

    www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/16231

    http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/32043

    http://apcmag.com/appleslatest_notebooks_plagued_with_graphicsglitches.htm


    My CPUs, HD or other stuff SANs graphic card come in with reasonable results.

    I get a score matching 44.6 worse than that of Powermac G5 from 2004 (100) !!!!!!!!!!! for Xbench

    Geekbench score is 1736 .....

    Macbook late 2007 will give a score of 2500 & above!!!!

    Apple Fix the graphic Card!!...we didn't buy today's technology for yesterday's performance!!!
    Powerbook 1.5, MacBook 2.1, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Daniel Warne Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    May 3, 2008 9:35 PM (in response to amhakim1)
    Just ran Xbench, and Good Lord, you're right!! My score was 54.87, which is below the 100 score of a PowerPC G5 from 2004... that is utterly appalling and evidence that there is a serious problem somewhere in these latest MacBook Pros.

    Looking down the detailed XBench results, the low overall score appears to be caused by the extremely low user interface test results -- surprise, surprise. Clearly there is some serious bottleneck in the graphics driver on these machines. I am so frustrated waiting for Apple to release 10.5.3 in the hope that that fixes it.

    Can someone with 9D25 benchmark and see what the results are like?
    MacBook Pro 2.6GHz C2D, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • amhakim1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 3, 2008 10:05 PM (in response to Daniel Warne)
    Spread the word Bro...the MBP are a lot more expensive than my MB...i am a old Powerbook user....dun like this faulty graphic card one bit...we need to get Apple to fix this!!

    Most folks are ranting about webpages...its hit my video & phot edits too.
    Powerbook 1.5, MacBook 2.1, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • immacandproud Calculating status...
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    May 6, 2008 11:39 AM (in response to amhakim1)
    I'm having the exact same issue. Too bad there's apparently no fix for it a month later, or have I missed something?

    To summarize, it's a flickering, washed out effect. But on my 'book, it goes away in full screen mode, ie without the functions visible, just the image.
  • immacandproud Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 7, 2008 9:39 AM (in response to immacandproud)
    The problem is pretty serious. There is video flickering within the quicktime window when it's open. In full screen, the color washes in and out whenever the control bar shows up.

    My temporary workaround is playing mpg files in vlc. No flickering or weird effects when the control bar's visible.
  • OkComputer1234 Calculating status...
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    May 8, 2008 10:21 PM (in response to immacandproud)
    Hey guys - just want everyone to know that this is not a leopard only problem. I've been in leopard 10.5.2 and now back to Tiger 10.4.11 and had this annoying problem. I have posted a thread a couple of months ago here http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=7175127#7175127
    Macbook Pro 15inch 2.4Ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.11), MBP Santa Rosa
  • Savage Snow Calculating status...
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    May 8, 2008 10:59 PM (in response to Shatterbox)
    I presume a recall is highly unlikely, but how man hours are needed to fix a problem of this nature if it is indeed fixable with a software update?

    But the point of me posting here is to identify another video related glitch (in case Apple is monitoring this thread).

    This may have nothing to do with the already identified issues, but...

    I recently noticed that if the background on my secondary 23" ADC monitor (used with DVI to ADC adapter) is set to rotate through background images at 5 second intervals. The most current version of Google Earth cannot be used acceptably at the same time. The screen has difficulty refreshing. The problem corrects itself if the background image is returned to static. I have not tested this with the Macbook's built in screen and I will not test it. I have already contributed too much of my time to diagnosing this computer's issues.

    I am aware there are a huge number of variables to be considered in this recently discovered issue, but in case it is data of interest to a software engineer, I decided I should mention it.
    MacBook 2.4, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • SCSIDuck Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 9, 2008 8:48 AM (in response to Shatterbox)
    I also experience this problem with videos captured from my digital camera playing in QT Player. This isn't isolated to playing in the browser, right?
    Black MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
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    May 11, 2008 1:59 AM (in response to Savage Snow)
    It seems to work ok inside a vmware windows xp session... would that indicate its not an unfixable hardware issue? Has anyone tried it in bootcamp?

    Also, for some reason this problem doesn't affect my aluminum imac or my macbook pro.
    Macbook Air, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Snowberg Calculating status...
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    May 11, 2008 5:09 PM (in response to Shatterbox)
    Same here. MPG files flicker like crazy. Also tried to play the same files in the Divix player but with the same result. If you bring another window or menu to the front the flickering disappears however.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
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