Better than VLC? MplayerX

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  1. Mekgek macrumors member

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    You forced me to try it an it does looks pretty good. I guess it's pretty much the same as MPlayer OSX Extended with different GUI but it seems smoother. Thanks for the heads up.
     
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    How does every one say about using Plex?

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  4. ufkdo macrumors 6502

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    They do pretty much the same. VLC's UI is not really good tough.
     
  5. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Why not just use Mplayer itself? Its fast, constantly updated and easy to compile. All of these programs just wrap Mplayer in a GUI and repackage it.
     
  6. KirkL macrumors 6502

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    This is prettier and easier to install :p

    I'm so glad I found something else as a backup to QuickTime + Perian. VLC was ugly, slow, and just not intuitive in general.
     
  7. bo-waleed macrumors 6502

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    fix^d.



    i tried all of them and movist was the best.
     
  8. amoergosum macrumors 6502

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    I just installed MPlayerX....nice video player.

    There's one small issue with mkv files though. The icons of mkv files only show a white blank page (so it actually looks like a text file in your folder). With the VLC media player you had at least a VLC icon so you could see immediately that it's a video file.

    Is there a way to change that?
     
  9. steve23094, Feb 21, 2015
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    I have MplayerX and VLC. I always end up returning to VLC because it's more stable, I tend to get weird crashes on MplayerX.

    EDIT: Darn it. Resurrected thread.
     
  10. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040

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    You just answered your own question.

    Edit: just noticed this thread is 4 years old.
     
  11. tdale macrumors 65816

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    Is it still true that non Apple supported file types, such as avi and mkv can't use hardware acceleration?
     
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    Apple has supported the .avi wrapper for nearly 20 years. You appear to be conflating two separate issues. Both .avi and .mkv are wrapper formats, not content formats. These wrappers may contain audio and video tracks in a number of different formats.
     
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    Yes, I know all that, poor wording on my part. So, for Apple non supported encoding, is that still non hardware acceleration? Why many files these days are supposedly Apple supported file types, MPEG2 with the required bitrate etc, or H.264, some files are poorly encoded so fall outside Apples settings, and thus are non supported.
     
  14. amoergosum macrumors 6502

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    I've had quite a number of crashes with the VLC player recenty while trying to play certain mkv files. That's why I installed MplayerX. MplayerX seems to be able to play all mkv files. So far I haven't had any crashes.

    By the way...they haven't updated the VLC player since July 2014.
     
  15. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    I use these for my "non QuickTime / iTunes" media files:

    • Plex
    • MPlayerX
    • VLC

    Plex
    Best HTPC solution. Supports all formats I throw at it, regarding HD Movies, TV shows, etc. (MKV, TS, AVI, WMV, and AC3, DTS 5.1 audio, etc.). Needs a Plex Server (Mac mini in my case) and Plex Home Theater.app (on another Mac mini with HDMI in my case) connected to TV / Home theater system.

    MPlayerX
    The easiest to use single app to watch movies, and also supports most (all?) movie-formats I throw at it. Also the fact that you download it for free in the MAS makes me like this app.
    However, High-quality audio tracks (24 bits, 96Khz and higher) seem to have issues.

    VLC
    I use this app for the High-quality audio tracks (24 bits, 96Khz and higher) which other apps cannot play (well).

    In short, I use all three.
     
  16. amoergosum macrumors 6502

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    There's a very nice looking player ("VOX Player") which is also able to play high-quality audio tracks >>>
    http://coppertino.com/

    [​IMG]
     
  17. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    Thanks for the heads up!
    That certainly looks good. I'll be trying that. :cool:
     
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    From what I saw on that website, the ONLY thing VOX plays is audio files (no video).
     
  19. amoergosum macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I'm aware of that. But it's a very nice audio player.
    I'm using the VOX Player for audio files and the MplayerX for video files.
     
  20. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

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    I've tested VLC 3.0 beta and it looks good so far. VLC seems to be a bit behind for some reason. Mplayerx, the dev stated via Twitter that a Yosemite version will come as soon as he's able.
     
  21. onekerato macrumors regular

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    MPlayerX v 1.0.22 works fine on OS X Yosemite.

    I only use VLC for playlist support.

     
  22. MacsRgr8, Feb 23, 2015
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    VOX has a nice interface, HQAudio is supported (FLAC codec, 24 bits 96 KHz and higher), nice settings possible (force multichannel on stereo audio, crossfade, etc.) and I also unlocked (bought) the radios.

    But, VOX has issues with DTS audio. EDIT: It seems only with WAV-audio.

    A very nice add-on. But, VLC, MplayerX and Plex are all still needed.
     
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    I'd also recommend movist, which is great for almost all types of video files.
     
  25. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Nice necro thread.

    At the time this post was made mplayer was significantly better than the GUI versions that other people had made since the original mplayer was updated faster than the GUI versions could cope with.

    VLC is still the superior video and audio player on just about every platform though.
     

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