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

Pandarama

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Jun 1, 2015
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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 ?
 

KALLT

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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 I tried downloading the source code instead, but the Github repo is heavily out of date.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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Liam555

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Vlc works great for me. Never been interested in trying other players.
 
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Pandarama

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Ok, Thanks, I wont use MPlayer X anymore !

Is there a way to improve VLC design/interface ?
 
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Michaelgtrusa

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Oct 13, 2008
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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 ?

Have you tried MPV Player? http://mpv.io/
 
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Michaelgtrusa

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Oct 13, 2008
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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/
From his blog. http://blog.mplayerx.org/blog/2015/04/16/some-progress-on-mplayerx/
 
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etsi

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Oct 23, 2011
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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!
 
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hxlover904

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Aug 20, 2011
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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.
 
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KALLT

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Pandarama

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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..
 
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simon lefisch

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Sep 29, 2014
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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.
 
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Naio

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Apr 2, 2015
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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.
 
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numberfour

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Jan 27, 2015
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I'm going VLC all the way. Never had an issue with it, plays any file perfectly
 
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etsi

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Oct 23, 2011
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If you choose dark "Interface style" in preferences it looks like mplayerx.
 
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numberfour

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Jan 27, 2015
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Yeah, I will too.
What about battery life, vlc is quite good ?
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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