Alternative to VLC Player?

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  1. mujtaba.mir macrumors regular

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    Hello,

    Is there any alternative to VLC Player? I would love to get rid of it now and move to something else.
     
  2. bingeciren macrumors 6502a

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    Never heard of anyone wanting to move from VLC to something else. It plays practically anything and everything. What is it that you don't like?
     
  3. KALLT macrumors 601

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    I personally am not satisfied with VLC’s default configuration and overall complexity, and insistence on showing a library window. I just want something simple as QuickTime Player, but just with added support for more formats. mpv delivers on that.

    It is a shame that nothing like Perian exists anymore, since Apple ditched the classic QuickTime frameworks.
     
  4. mujtaba.mir thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well. Something weird is happening with my VLC on my new macbook. Screenshot attached.
     

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  5. GeorgeVes macrumors member

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    +1 for mpv.io - plays everything and has a minimalistic design + consumes slightly less battery life than VLC
     
  6. bingeciren macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, weird indeed. :confused:
     
  7. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    I don't like the UI of VLC. Really wish the Mac version supported skins.
    I prefer MplayerX
     
  8. weckart macrumors 68040

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    There is also Movist. Used to be a fine free player and now a spendy app on the Mac App store.
     
  9. steve23094 macrumors 68000

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  10. thingstoponder macrumors 6502

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    So what? Just don't let it install it, if you're posting on macrumors then you're savvy enough to not let installers install that junk. MPlayerX is the only decent alternative to Quicktime. Everything else is ugly and not Mac-like.

    Personally I just convert everything to mp4 or mov or whatever and play it in Quicktime. Makes it compatible with my Apple TV and makes things easier for me.
     
  11. steve23094 macrumors 68000

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    I wouldn't consider all posters on Macrumors.com as necessarily savvy eg some people are willing to provide support to a developer who goes out of their way to obfuscate the adware bundled with their app.
     
  12. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

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  13. KALLT macrumors 601

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    MPlayerX should be avoided. Nobody can be that desperate for a shiny UI. Developers that bundle rubbish like this have clearly no standards and cannot be trusted to do the right thing if more-malicious people start paying them money for dangerous software. The Malwarebytes blog post outlines that the bundled adware has been getting sneaker since it was first bundled by trying to make it more difficult for security researchers to spot and analyse it. We should not allow the lines to become ever more blurred.
     

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