The new DailyMotion open video support is very, very cool indeed, but my desktop PC can’t download and play the Transformers trailer without pegging the CPU (or half of it) and jerking. My machine is a 3GHz Intel Pentium IV with 1.5Gb of RAM and 1MB of cache which I bought several years ago. (BIOS date Feb 2004.) It has Hyperthreading so Linux sees it as 2 CPUs, and the video pegs one of them. I have a similar problem with Flash video in iPlayer, although it’s not quite as bad in that it pegs the CPU and doesn’t jerk, so this is not me being a Flash fanboy!
Max clock speeds don’t seem to have changed much since then but I suspect other aspects of CPU architecture have. This page suggests current top-of-the-line CPUs are 10x faster than mine, and the CPU in the cheapest Dell desktop available is 6x faster.
If I want to view open video, do I need a new PC? Or is there more optimization work that will be done before the release?