VLC player buggy on Intel Mac - Alternative

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  1. XP Defector macrumors 6502

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    When playing AVI's with VLC Player, I often discovered VLC player would simply stop responding. Lately I downloaded MPlayer OSX and it works like a dream!

    http://mplayerosx.sourceforge.net/
     
  2. Josias macrumors 68000

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    Seriously, get Quicktime Pro. It' so woth the what? 30 bucks?

    Just download the Perian and Flip4Mac plugins to play .avi, .wmv and other funny formats such as DivX and XviD.

    I though it was bogus too, but I really am glad I got it. I know it's illegal to discuss this, but if you're really desperate, there are sites distributing free serial keys, I howver do not support that, and recommend that you buy it from Apple.

    Just get it. You'll love it. So many cool features. You can also convert fra .avi to .mov so you can add your movies to iTunes.

    Also, VLC is buggy and crashy as hell, QT never goes wrong, and supports live video in the dock, which makes stupid windows users drool.:D
     
  3. NJuul macrumors 6502

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    It's not universal...
    Or do they have a beta version for download somewhere?
     
  4. XP Defector thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ah I guess it is Rosetta that is undermining VLCs performance.
     
  5. vectormasked macrumors member

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  6. treblah macrumors 65816

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  7. gloss macrumors 601

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    I had lots of trouble with VLC until I realized I was running the PowerPC incarnation. Haven't had any problems since I moved to the Intel build.
     
  8. XnavxeMiyyep macrumors 65816

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    If you frequently view .mkv files and .ogm files, you will find that they do not open in Quicktime player. Also, if they are soft subbed or have multiple audio tracks, there is no way (to my knowledge) to switch the audio or subtitle tracks in MPlayer. VLC is definitely a good investment.
     
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I don't think a Universal binary will be here soon for VLC. Just live with the separate PowerPC and Intel binaries for now.

    I haven't had ANY problems playing .mkv and .ogm files using VLC. h.264 in .mkv does have some slowdown issues but that's a common problem.
     
  10. XnavxeMiyyep macrumors 65816

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    I said there'd be problems playing .mkv in Quicktime, not VLC.
     
  11. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I didn't know you could play those in Quicktime. Did you find a plug-in for it?
     
  12. XnavxeMiyyep macrumors 65816

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    Sorry, I'm rather sleepy right now.:eek:

    When I said problems, I meant that it wouldn't work at all.
     
  13. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    .mkv and .ogm are rather obscure video encapsulation formats. I had to make sure I had a player for them on OS X before I switched. Hope for a Quicktime plug but I doubt you'll ever see any support from Apple.
     
  14. XnavxeMiyyep macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, I used to always use VLC for them, but now that I have dual monitors, VLC only plays on the smaller monitor (most likely due to the age of my computer and video card) so I use MPlayer more often now.
     
  15. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    I have Perian for QT installed, but I still find VLC to be the superior player for the various AVI files I download (as well as all those others, OGM, MKV, etc.). Especially as you mention when the file has soft subs or multiple audio tracks.

    The Intel build works fine, about as stable as the PPC version was (it crashes now n then, but nothing annoying).
     
  16. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Video -> Video Device -> Your Larger Monitor
     
  17. XnavxeMiyyep macrumors 65816

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    It shows up as just a black screen (which occasionally flashes the video) when I do that. I've already done everything I can think of doing, so I'll just use the smaller monitor (for the times I can't use MPlayer) until I replace this machine within a year.
     
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  19. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000

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    No major problems with VLc, since switching to the Intel build. Much better than Quicktime, if you can use it.
     
  20. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I've had no problems with VLC on my MBP, and I didn't have any problems on my iBook either. Just make sure that you get the intel build and not the powerpc build. You can check by going into activity monitor when VLC is open and it will tell you.
     
  21. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    Does VLC play the dreaded Realplayer format as well?
     
  22. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The Mac Realplayer client isn't that painful. Even I have it installed. :rolleyes:
     
  23. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    It's not the player I have a problem with.
     
  24. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    http://www.videolan.org/doc/vlc-user-guide/en/ch02.html

     
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