Best software for (mkv) video playing ? (VLC/MplayerX/Other?)

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  1. Pandarama macrumors member

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    Hello :cool:

    I'm not sure what is the best soft to watch videos, especially .mkv.

    According to my personnal experience, MPlayerX is more efficient, the interface is pretty cool.
    VLC is like a dinosaur soft never optimized on Mac OS for me.
    But I know some people with MBP (no retina) who have issues with MPlayerX ..

    So what do you think ?

    Is there an other best soft ?
     
  2. KALLT, Jun 4, 2015
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    I just had a look at MPlayerX, but I did not go through with the installation. The fact that it needs its very own installer is already bad enough (VLC is just an .app file), but that it asks me whether I want to use Yahoo as my search provider makes me really suspicious. I haven’t seen that kind of behaviour in years. I tried downloading the source code instead, but the Github repo is heavily out of date. I have never been unhappy with VLCs performance and it actually looks decent now as well.

    Edit: a quick web search revealed this: http://www.thesafemac.com/mplayerx-adware-behaving-like-malware/
     

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  3. Liam555 macrumors regular

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    Vlc works great for me. Never been interested in trying other players.
     
  4. Pandarama thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok, Thanks, I wont use MPlayer X anymore !

    Is there a way to improve VLC design/interface ?
     
  5. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Movist from the App Store, light weight and has plenty of options. Way better on battery than VLC

    Q-6
     
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    Have you tried MPV Player? http://mpv.io/
     
  9. Pandarama thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, same for me, in my mind that was the best ..

    Nop, I will so ;) Thanks
     
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    Been in dev for several years.
     
  12. SlCKB0Y, Jun 6, 2015
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    Cant recommend this any more.
     
  13. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

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    From his blog. http://blog.mplayerx.org/blog/2015/04/16/some-progress-on-mplayerx/
     
  14. etsi macrumors regular

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    Seems like it's in the new installers there was no problem from an old installation. Anyway MplayerX is history, removed and banned. Thanks for recommending mpv!
     
  15. hxlover904, Jun 6, 2015
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    I hate that mplayerx is using the installer because it is my favorite video player. i will try mpv and see how it is.

    also, mplayerx is available from the app store without the downloader tho I think it is an older version.
     
  16. KALLT macrumors 601

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    At least we know that he knows that people will be put off by it. That makes it easy to avoid it. He actually discontinued the app in the App Store and put a link to his site in the description. If money were a problem, there would have been ample alternatives that didn't put users at risk of installing adware.
     
  17. Pandarama thread starter macrumors member

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    So finally we dont have the perfect soft on Mac.
    VLC looks old like 90s (that's important for me!), MPlayerX is using installer, mpv is still in developpement, and Movist isnt free.

    I dont know what choose to use :(, maybe still MPlayerX knowing the malware..
     
  18. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

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    Just because VLC looks "old" doesn't mean it isn't a good player. I'd prefer to have functionality the to "look good". Been using VLC for years (on windows before switching to Mac in 2011) and have never had any probs. IMO, VLC is the best.
     
  19. Naio macrumors member

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    I highly recommend mpv. It's the first media player I am happy with on the Mac since switching four years ago from Windows.
     
  20. Liam555 macrumors regular

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    I don't even think VLC looks that old anymore. They updated it about a month ago, and looks like any other player now. I guess it could be better, but it's not like you're staring at the icons whilst watching a film.

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  21. numberfour macrumors regular

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    I'm going VLC all the way. Never had an issue with it, plays any file perfectly
     
  22. Pandarama thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, I will too.
    What about battery life, vlc is quite good ?
     
  23. etsi macrumors regular

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    If you choose dark "Interface style" in preferences it looks like mplayerx.
     
  24. numberfour macrumors regular

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    Actually never thought about it, which I guess means it's doing a good job. I've tried a few other players but there is always something missing with them, so I always ending up going back to VLC. Which has led me to stop trying other players and I am just sticking with what works.
     
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