Dump Apple DVD player for VLC

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  1. Macademia macrumors newbie

    Macademia

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    I'm a big apple fan, but I have to say that all versions of Apple's DVD player seem a bit sub-standard and have caused me constant headaches. The player consistently craps out when playing slightly scratched DVDs, especially rentals. Even the latest version on Tiger gives up on about half of all rented DVDs I play. It seems to have almost no error recovery ability at all. Its extremely annoying to only be able to watch SOME of a movie.

    I've discovered an alternative free media player called VLC available for download here:

    http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/14738

    VLC rules. It seems to be able to play any of the DVDs that Apple's own player cannot, no matter how scratched up they are.

    To use it you just download it, install it, then shove the DVD in and choose file > open disk.
     
  2. stevietheb macrumors 6502a

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    I'm a VLC fan, but I use Apple's DVD Player for DVDs for two reasons:

    (1) I've never had any trouble with it...always plays my NetFlix discs (unlike the DVD Player connected to my TV).

    (2) To my knowledge, VLC is not compatible with my IR remote...whereas I can use my remote with Apple DVD Player and it feels a bit more like a normal DVD experience.

    Kudoes to VLC though...I only wish it supported wmv (or does it?).
     
  3. G5Unit macrumors 68020

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    VLC poops out on me most of the time, but when it acually can play a file it owns!

    But I think I might just have an old version.
     
  4. munkle macrumors 68030

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    VLC is a pretty popular app but I still prefer DVD player and Quicktime (with the relevant codecs installed). They both feel more polished to me and rarely give me any problems. Of course VLC is always there when I do run into any problems.

    Another VLC alternative is MPlayer. They're both pretty similar, it's just a matter of preference.
     
  5. HydroMan macrumors 6502

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    I use VLC all the time because it doesn't recognise the region coding constraints of my DVD collection R1-R4, Apple Dvd Player only lets me watch R2 DVD's, also VLC lets you watch most media files that Quicktime baulks at.
     
  6. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    Try cleaning your DVDs with windex and a paper towel. It works wonders on dirty/scratched cds/dvds.
     
  7. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

    BornAgainMac

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    I prefer Apple's DVD player because it now supports loops. I can jump right to my favorite scene too. It crapped out only once with a scratched DVD but I just had NetFlex replace it, no big deal. I am glad to see alternatives on the Mac anyways. The next time I get a scratched DVD that I can't resolve with cleaning then I'll use that player.
     
  8. Lazyhound macrumors regular

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    What do you use for a remote?
     
  9. stevietheb macrumors 6502a

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    I use the ATI Remote that came with my EyeTV.
     
  10. tikibangout macrumors regular

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    I believe VLC does play .wmv files. I'm almost sure I remember running a .wmv in it.
     
  11. munkle macrumors 68030

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    It does but not all types of .wmv files. It seems MS just doesn't like sharing.
     
  12. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    Yes, it runs wmv. I just viewed one. VLC is a good extra app to have on hand. I still prefer DVD Player, though.
    X
     
  13. Xeem macrumors 6502a

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    Although I use VLC for just about every movie file I watch on Mac, I'd have to go with the Apple DVD player for DVDs. It's much more elegant than VLC, even if it is more limited. For my PC, I use PowerDVD; it's also a pretty good program.
     
  14. toneloco2881 macrumors 6502

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    While I prefer the functionality of Apple's DVD player, I find its playback quality borderline horrible.VLC playback is far superior imho. :rolleyes:
     
  15. comic book guy macrumors newbie

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    vlc is my favorite movie player! But the .wmv compatibility is pretty lousy. Most of the .wmv i have only play with MediaPlayer. Let's blame Microsoft, because they don't share the knowledge about the coding.
     

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