VLC or mPlayer or both?

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  1. Diatribe macrumors 601

    Diatribe

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    Right now I have both on my Pbook and I want to get rid of one of them. Now I am wondering of which to get rid of. Are there any big differences or do they handle the same file formats?
    I am leaning towards VLC because it distorts the video more while jumping in the timeline and because mplayer automatically quits after closing the window. Any other reasons why I might consider leaving either one behind or even keeping both?
     
  2. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    If you like both, why part with one of them?
    vlc only takes 25MB, i think mplayer is about the same.

    I've used vlc a lot on osx but i've used mplayer on linux a year or two ago.
    Mplayer was then very buggy, i don't know how its now.
     
  3. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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    i find that sometimes one or the other is better depending on the file, so i keep both around. they cant be taking up that much space that you need to delete one, are they?
     
  4. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Just keep both, I do, what difference does it make.
     
  5. neilrobinson macrumors 6502

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    i didn't know mplayer was on OSX, i tried installing it on linux a while ago - i huge nightmare! it looks pretty easy to install, has anyone had any problems?
     
  6. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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    never any problems with either program
     
  7. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Works perfect, just drag the app from the dmg/sit archive to Applications, and you're done.
     
  8. mmmdreg macrumors 65816

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    mplayerOSX is nice in its recent builds. Other versions are less nice =) VLC used to be better but now I think I'd opt for mplayer over VLC =)
     
  9. abhishekit macrumors 65816

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    My 2 cents...
    I use mplayer more because it has an option of full screen on second monitor. If I do full screen with VLC, it takes my pb as the screen. I can change that through display pref, but I don't need to do that if I use mplayer.
     
  10. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Just because something didn't work for on Linux years ago doesn't mean that it doesn't work on the Mac now. MPlayerOSX is a somewhat more mature application than the MacOS X port of VLC. As others before me have said, there is no need to choose between MPlayerOSX and VLC. Keep them both.
     
  11. Diatribe thread starter macrumors 601

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    Thanks for all the posts, I guess I will keep both. The only thing that is a bit annoying is that VLC automatically sets itself up to play WMVs... does anyone know how to revert this easily?
     
  12. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    What do you mean by "automatically sets itself up to play WMVs..."? If by that you mean that VLC is your default WMV player, then you can change that behavior by doing a File > Get Info or [Apple]-I on a WMV file. Change the default app with the Open with: pop-up menu.
     
  13. Diatribe thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yeah, that comment is kinda odd, I admit that :D
    I meant it sets itself up to be the standard WMV player. I know there is a way to change that but I forgot.
    The way you describe lets me only change it for one file at a time or am I missing sth.?
     
  14. therevolution macrumors 6502

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    There's a "Change All..." button just under the "Open with" selection box that applies your selection to all files of that type.
     
  15. Diatribe thread starter macrumors 601

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    Lol, and the blind could see... :D thanks all.
     
  16. McGuillicuddy macrumors newbie

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    I rather like VLC because I can use it to play DVDs regardless of region. I'm a Canadian living in the UK so I have both region 1 and region 2 DVDs and it's nice to be able to play them in VLC without having to change the region setting on the DVD drive.
     

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