Is there a VLC like program that doesn't suck?

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  1. bobber205 macrumors 68020

    bobber205

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    Don't get me wrong. I like that VLC can play almost anything. But the Intel version sucks hardcore. Every time I try to open just about any file, it freezes. I have to force quit and then try again. The second time is usually ok.

    So are there any alternatives?
     
  2. XnavxeMiyyep macrumors 65816

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    While NicePlayer is nice (ahahahahah, anyway), it doesn't play as many formats as VLC. You could try MPlayer, which I use because VLC doesn't seem to play in full screen on my dual monitors, but it lacks VLC's great subtitle support.
     
  3. lardin macrumors newbie

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    This is exactly what happened to me. any fix or update on this? i hate to force quit every time, damn it.

     
  4. bobber205 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Since it's essentially my "anime" player, this kind of 'blows'. :mad:
     
  5. risc macrumors 68030

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    VLC- 0.86a was released recently to patch all the bugs with 0.86. Check which version you have; I haven't had a single issue with 0.86a on any of my Macs (Intel and PPC).
     
  6. lardin macrumors newbie

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    just updated from 0.84 to 0.86a, solved that annoying prob, thx.
     
  7. czeluff macrumors 6502

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    the best

    Perian + Niceplayer

    Perian is a plugin that allows niceplayer to play EVERYTHING
    cz
     
  8. simontarr macrumors 6502

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    Can it play .mkv (Matroksa) video files? If it can then I'm sold! Bye bye VLC.
     
  9. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

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    since there's a mkv plugin for QT, i'd think that NP can play mkv as well.

    i can find out once i can access my personal server again.

     
  10. simontarr macrumors 6502

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    Nice one. Could you post a reply when you have access to your server? Thanks.
     
  11. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    You can't get VLC to play full screen on a dual-monitor system? I don't have any problem with it. For awhile it wouldn't remember my settings that I wanted it to play on my secondary monitor, but the latest update seems to have fixed that.
     
  12. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    VLC is the best. The latest version even has that cool semi-translucent overlay when in full screen mode.
     
  13. gloss macrumors 601

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    I haven't had a single issue with VLC since I updated to the Intel version (I'm running 0.8.5)

    You may want to try uninstalling and reinstalling it.
     
  14. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    I use Perian + Quicktime and use an Applescript run through Quicksilver trigger to get my fullscreen. Works great and doesn't require any more third-party apps than necessary.

    I do with the Quicktime Player window looked more like the web plug-in, though. The giant bezel around the video bugs me :)
     
  15. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Never had an issue with VLC on my Mac Pro, I used 0.8.6 and just updated to 0.8.6a and it seems to run just fine.
     
  16. Kristofer macrumors member

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    VLC works flawlessly on a PC and on my Mac freezes 50% of the time I minimize... useless macs.
     
  17. Chilz0r macrumors regular

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    The problem with VLC is that it doesn't render subtitles very well. If your a big foreign and anime film fan your better off using MPlayer with the following options:

    -ass -fontconfig -embeddedfonts

    Please correct me if I am mistaken.
     
  18. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    VLC has always worked well on any of my computers. Mplayer is a great staple too though.
     
  19. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Hmm, never had a problem with subtitles on VLC myself. Have you tried with the latest version? Maybe it is because I only watch 1080p and 720p films now.
     

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