ALTERNATIVE MEDIA PLAYERS...??

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mikebatho, May 17, 2005.

  1. mikebatho macrumors 6502a

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    I use quicktime, VLC, WMP Real & mplayer.....

    And still there's the odd thing that I download that won't play on any of them...

    Often mpegs or avis

    Is there a player out there that will play absolutely ANYTHING I throw at it...?
     
  2. dmbfloydian macrumors member

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    VLC usually plays anything for me.
    Make sure you have the latest version?

    Also, just in case, you probably should download the latest DivX for OSX. I've never run into a video I couldn't play with either QT, VLC, or WMP.
     
  3. biohazard6969 macrumors 6502a

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    quicktime will play almost anything for me, but i have VLC to do my .avi's and windows media player for the .wmp or w.e. they are. i also have realplayer for the odd thing that needs it. i thought quicktime was supposed to be able to play .avi's but it doesn't
     
  4. mikebatho thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Eh...?

    Where do I get this Divx thingy, and what do I do with it...? :confused:
     
  5. iGary Guest

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    Real Player is the spawn of Satan.

    I keep WMP and QT on my machine and if a site doesn't support those two, oh well.
     
  6. 5300cs macrumors 68000

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    Not like WMP is much better ...

    I keep all three, though there are STILL files that I cannot play
     
  7. iGary Guest

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    Agreed. Porn made me do it. :rolleyes:
     
  8. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    I don't care how annoying Real is, Real Player 10 is vastly better than WMP on the Mac. Why? How about RP10 actually works? You can skip around in a movie in a reasonably functional manner, and it actually plays Real content. WMP fo the Mac is like a bad joke--it stalls at the slightest provocation, skipping around in the file can take several seconds to restart the video, and it doesn't even support some MS codecs. Oh, and its video scaling is hideously ugly.

    Ironically, there's a $10 3rd party plugin for Quicktime that allows it to play most WMV videos that works FAR better than WMP on the Mac--more attractive scaling faster scrubbing (heck, you can almost legitimately call it scrubbing), and it's far more stable than the "real deal". Check out WMV player--best $10 I've spent this year.

    Back on the original topic, I've only ever come across two videos that weren't outright corrupt that either Quicktime, VLC, or MPlayer wouldn't play (usually all three, and VLC in 99.7% of the cases): One was an .avi that used VP6 video, which is a proprietary codec by a small company that, though good, is obscure and closed source with absolutely no Mac version (the earlier VP3, however, is available in Quicktime and VLC plays it, too). Get info to check the video codec to see if this is what you've got--if so, you're out of luck. If not, it's probably just a corrupt file.

    The other thing I can't play I still haven't figured out, and perhaps someone can give me a tip on this since we're on the topic: It is an .avi container with DivX video and an Ogg Vorbis audio track (but it's not a misnamed OGM file like most things with this combo--it really is an AVI). Normally VLC has no issue with these, but however the bozo that encoded this one did it, he/she managed to leave out the identifying tag on the audio stream, so nothing (including most Windows players) can figure out what it is, even though they know how to play it. Ironically, if I use DivX Tool on the Mac to strip out the audio track, it's an Ogg file that plays fine in VLC. I've been looking for some way to manually edit the audio stream identifier, but I can't even find a Windows program to do that--only the FourCC. Anybody seen something like this?
     
  9. iGary Guest

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    I had to have a lawyer send Real Networks a letter telling them to stop rebilling my credit card after two years of arguing, three new checking/credit cards and hours of wasted time.

    Rob Glaser can keep his trash player and his Krispy Kremes.
     
  10. pigbrain macrumors newbie

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    How do you guys open .sit files on Tiger? :confused:
    Thanks.
     
  11. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says...same as with other versions of OS X - with
    Stuffit Expander ....oh yeah!
     
  12. After G macrumors 68000

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    Do Ogg files play in QuickTime? Maybe you could just recombine the audio with the video in QuickTime Pro. I remember reading about an Ogg codec for QT, but maybe that was just audio. I'm not really sure.
     
  13. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Quicktime plays Ogg files if you have the Quicktime Ogg codec.
     

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