Looking for a video player

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  1. 0sync0 macrumors regular

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    I need support for the following video types:
    wmv, divx, dvd, mkv

    The player has to have a fullscreen mode. While in fullscreen mode I need infinitely variable video scaling.

    I need the ability to go forward and backward in small increments - ideally by using the scroll wheel on the mouse.

    The last thing I can think of is the ability to pass AC3 sound to the digital audio out.
     
  2. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    QuickTime Player + Perian + Windows Media Components for QuickTime
     
  3. 0sync0 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Does it do infinitely variable video scaling? Since I don't have any qt files I can't test it.
     
  4. 0sync0 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I just got my first Mac today. Before starting this thread I assumed there are a lot of video players available for the Mac. After doing some searching I get the impression that there are actually only a few.
     
  5. 0sync0 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I already tried vlc. You can't change the video size in full screen mode and scrolling through the video is clunky.
     
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Cellulo 2.0.2 is a QuickTime-based viewer that optionally uses the mplayer engine.

    There are also two separate ports of MPlayer OSX.
     
  7. 0sync0 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I installed Cellulo and Perian but I still can't get any of my files to play.

    I download tv shows on a daily basis from around the world. Having to constantly import them into a library would probably get tiring.
     
  8. tardinha macrumors member

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    as do we all, and they all work in Quicktime+Perian+Flip4Mac or VLC :p

    maybe you're using some wacky video formats?
     
  9. 0sync0 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I can get them to work in vlc and some are now working in qt. But I don't like either of those players. :)
     
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  11. Consultant macrumors G5

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    wmv -> Flip4Mac (quicktime codec), or VLC Player
    dvd (you meant the TS folder?) DVD Player or VLC Player
    mkv -> VLC Player
    divx -> (quicktime codec), or VLC Player
    http://www.apple.com/quicktime/resources/components.html

    See any patterns?

    OR just get / encode MP4 version of the files.
     
  12. steveza macrumors 68000

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    VLC - haven't found anything that it doesn't play yet. It even plays video from damaged or partially downloaded files.
     
  13. Whorehay macrumors 6502a

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    Same here. but my files never get too exotic.
     
  14. 0sync0 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I like Zoom Player and TheaterTek on the PC. But that's probably not what you meant.

    Cellulo might ok if it didn't make me import videos into its library in order to watch them.
     
  15. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    What's wrong with Quicktime/DVD Player/VLC though?
     
  16. 0sync0 thread starter macrumors regular

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    The pattern I'm seeing is that I should probably stick to using the PC for HTPC.
     
  17. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    ^^ You haven't explained what you actually want from a player. Why do you like the Windows programs you have named and why is Quicktime so useless?

    Most players on the Mac use the Quicktime engine or have their own good one like VLC/mPlayer so you aren't just limited to 3 programs.
     
  18. 0sync0 thread starter macrumors regular

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    They don't resize video in fullscreen mode.
    Quicktime is ok for scrolling thru video but VLC is poor.
    QT and VLC have a terrible front end for picking which videos to play.
     
  19. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    1) Quicktime: Quicktime Menu>Preferences>Full Screen

    3) You can use iTunes if you want or FrontRow.
     
  20. 0sync0 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I mean they don't resize the video while in full screen mode. Cellulo is the only Mac player I've seen so far that does this.
     
  21. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Why do you want to do that?
     
  22. 0sync0 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Many videos don't look good scaled to full screen. Those videos look good at a size that is somewhere between actual size and full screen. The best size varies with each video.

    I want to do that while in full screen mode because this is for home theater use. So I only want to look at the video and not the application. When scaled down there will be black bars around the video.
     
  23. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Well, in that case...

    When playing a movie in QuickTime Player, hit Command + F for full screen. While in full screen, hit Command + 1 to view the movie at it's original size, Command + 0 for half size, and Command + 2 for double original size.
     
  24. 0sync0 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Those options are too limiting.
     

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