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    RAM Upgrade for smoother video playback?

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    RAM Upgrade for smoother video playback?
    Hello all,

    I've noticed that playing HD videos on my mid-2009 15-inch mbp can get quite choppy, and the CPU usage of the video player sometimes exceeds 100%.

    Would I be able to fix this problem by upgrading my RAM? I currently have 4GB, but it can be upgraded up to 8GB.

    Thanks in advance!

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    RAM Upgrade for smoother video playback?

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    How fast is your internet?

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    RAM Upgrade for smoother video playback?

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    I don't think the internet speed matters since these are files saved on my computer

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    RAM Upgrade for smoother video playback?
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    More RAM will help, certainly, but what might really help is to convert the video into something the computer has less trouble post-processing, like MP4.

    This was always my issue with MKV -- takes a HUGE amount of processing power to decode on-the-fly.

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