We devote to watching movies an integral part of our life. We watch funny videos and music clips, we spend the evenings with our favorite series, and we are watching a new Hollywood blockbuster with our friends. Someone buys movies, someone watches online, but most of us prefer to download video from the network for later viewing at a convenient time. And at this moment Apple computer users may have the question: which program to use in order to open that or another format of the file?
The fact is that the standard QuickTime video player, which is installed on all Mac computers, supports a very limited number of video formats. In particular, these are .mov, .mp4, and m4v. Exactly those formats that can be protected from copying. We are used to downloading movies in the .avi and .mkv formats, which are much easier to find on the Internet. The standard player in OS X cannot play these formats. So, the user needs to look for an external player that can open such a movie. We will tell you about the three most popular video players for Mac, which play all popular formats. Let’s start!
1. Elmedia Player PRO – full-featured player for Mac with AirPlay support
Elmedia Player supports all kinds of audio and video formats, including FLV, DAT, VOB, FLAC, MP3, AVI, MOV, WMA, MP4, M4V, DIVX, etc., HD content playback, built-in web browser, downloading videos from sites and much more. This is just a small part of what this player can offer.
Elmedia Player is available for users in two versions: Free version with a standard feature set and a paid PRO version with more advanced functionality.
We will consider the PRO version. PRO version offers additional functions: downloading video from the Internet, including online video RTMP protocol; downloading videos from YouTube and other social media with the ability to extract audio tracks in mp3 format; removing a screenshot of any moment in the video or taking pictures from a series; streaming of music and video from the player to Apple TV and other devices that support the function of AirPlay and vice versa.
With Elmedia PRO you can also stream audio and video content to iOS devices that support AirPlay technology such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple TV on a Mac or from a Mac to Apple TV and other AirPlay devices. An interesting opportunity provided by Elmedia Player PRO is the streaming of YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion video.
2. VLC Media Player – Online local media player
One of the most famous and popular media player on all platforms. Its icon, similar to the cone of road services, is known to every Windows user. On the Mac, it’s the same good, besides there are versions for smartphones and tablets.
The player supports all popular audio and video formats, works with multiple audio tracks, and subtitles, and connect to local networked media libraries. For playing video VLC uses its own codecs that are built into the application. An additional advantage is the ability to watch streaming video, and IPTV via playlists.
The player has a large number of settings, supports the management of gestures and media buttons on the keyboard. Also, the program has a 10-band graphic equalizer, numerous audio (normalization, synchronizer, etc.), video effects (about 30), a bookmark manager, playlists, advanced interface settings for all panels, visualization, hotkeys and much more.
3. MPlayerX – a player that works with almost any video file (including HD)
Although this player from the Japanese developer appeared over a few years ago but already managed to win a large army of fans around the world. Like VLC, this application supports all common video formats, but cannot play audio. On the other hand, it’s a video player. There are many other good programs for music. I want to note the useful function of memorizing the place of stop. If you had to interrupt watching a video in the middle of the movie, the next time you open it, playback will continue from the same place.
Like VLC, MplayerX can play video from the network. To do this, just drag the video address from the browser to the application icon in the dock. In addition, the player can take screenshots while watching a video. In general, it is simple but the multifunctional player.