anyone using VLC video player on MBA? or is there something better?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Jaranson, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. Jaranson macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2013
    I jumped ship from Windows to Mac recently. My only Mac device right now is my MBA.

    Since I'm used to VLC video player on Windows, I installed it on the MBA and MKV videos(720p or 1080p) play just fine.

    However, I'm wondering if there's something better suited to the MBA?

  2. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    I use it exclusively on my MBA as well as other computers. I've tried converting to a few different formats and finally settled on mkv. Sure, the files are big but I'm to the point that I don't care about storage - it's cheap. I load the movies I want to watch onto a 128 gig PNY StorEDGE card and life is good.

    I feel that there's always going to be 'something better', but VLC is free and does a fine job of playback.
  3. Chatran macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2013
  4. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    I don't like that VLC seems to work like iTunes. When I open a file with VLC it opens its big screen and wants to put my file on a playlist. Can't I just play that ONE file and show me a little playback screen and that's all? What's with the 800 LB gorilla intrusion?
  5. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2011
    Nothing better than VLC that I know of. Some lean alternatives that I like:
    • MPlayerX (based on MPlayer and ffmpeg)
    • mpv (fork of mplayer2, itself a fork of MPlayer)
  6. teffers macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2013
    United Kingdom
    I'm using xbmc and my android phone as a remote :)
  7. Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    Nothing better IMO. VLC is an amazing app.
  8. Miat macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2012
    Between Quicktime and VLC, you have almost every media file type covered, certainly all the common ones.

    Whatever its quirks, VLC is one of my most used and appreciated programs.

    And its free!
  9. netopin macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2013
    Istanbul, TURKEY
    I was using VLC when I switched from Windows, then I discovered a free Mac App Store app MPlayerX. It runs smooth so far and feels like a native app. And updates are less pain. But I keep VLC, just in case.
  10. twintin, Dec 24, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2013

    twintin macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2012
    I use Beamer since I mainly watch movies through my ATV and that is the only player I know of that can stream to an ATV without AirPlay mirroring. MPlayerX as mentioned above also seems like a nice player (better UI than VLC IMO).
  11. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2011
    You should install MPlayerX from its website since the developer stopped updating the Mac App Store version.
  12. Miat macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2012
    Just tried MPlayerX, and it looks like pretty good value.

    Thanks for the recommendation. :cool:
  13. Jaranson thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2013
    does that mean people should avoid this app in the future?
  14. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

    Dark Dragoon

    Jul 28, 2006
    Only the version on the Mac App Store.
    The version you can download from the website is fine.
  15. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2011
    Exactly. The MAS version is obselete and won't be updated. MPlayerX should now be downloaded directly from the developer's website.
  16. calaverasgrande macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2010
    Brooklyn, New York.
  17. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2011
    Flip4Mac is closed-source (backed by Microsoft), Perian is abandoned. I wouldn't use any of those given the existing open-source, free, battle-tested alternatives.
  18. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    not at all.
    MPlayerX was updated just before Xmas, but as mentioned earlier, direct from the developers site (rather than App Store)

    if you're running MPlayerX, the default is to 'check for updates automatically' - which it does.

    the main reason I prefer it to all the others is it's ability to play pretty much any clip and it has better 'sound control' than VLC or any other player.
    add in Boom and you have a great movie watching app
  19. mpantone macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    Moreover, if you are using Handbrake to transcode video, you need VLC anyhow because Handbrake requires VLC's compression binaries for the encoding work.
  20. coldjeanzzz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    I use VLC but it seems to have gotten worse on Mavericks
  21. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

    Dark Dragoon

    Jul 28, 2006
    This isn't correct Handbrake is standalone, the only thing Handbrake needed VLC for was ripping DVD's as VLC included libdvdcss which was not bundled with handbrake.

    However as of VLC 2.x libdvdcss is not included, so VLC isn't used/needed for anything that handbrake does anymore.
  22. joeray macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2011
    best MAC Player

    The best MAC Player for DV to Blu_Ray is MacGo... Granted, it's a one time fee of 39.00 but I haven't found a better player.

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