MPlayerX or VLC

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by WillWest, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. WillWest macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys, I just got my first Mac and I don't know witch one is better..
    I used VLC on my PC but I heard that it has problems on Macs :)
     
  2. xlii macrumors 68000

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    Both work fine. Both are free. Download both. Give each of them a try and decide for yourself which one of them you prefer.
     
  3. keaide macrumors regular

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    Up to you. Both work fine. No issues with VLC. In fact, I prefer it (for no special reason, though).
     
  4. hallux macrumors 68020

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    VLC allows resizing of the video window (if you want to play a video and still browse the web with the rest of your screen real-estate) but it jitters and pixelates on occasion (while playing from a network location) where MplayerX buffers and plays smooth but does not allow for the video display area to change.
     
  5. LebaS macrumors newbie

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  6. dakwar macrumors 6502

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    I personally use and like VLC. But there are some occasions when i end up using MPlayerX because in those cases it works better than VLC.
     
  7. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

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    Same.
     
  8. terrymaz macrumors regular

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    I have had both and for whatever reason prefer mplayerx as well ;)
     
  9. WillWest thread starter macrumors newbie

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  10. jhu2 macrumors member

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    i think i read some where that vlc uses less power to run than mplayer. can anyone confirm?
     
  11. hallux macrumors 68020

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    I'll have to try when I get home but I'm pretty sure both will invoke the discrete GPU (on Macs configured with one) so they may use around the same. I can use coconutBattery to see what the draw from the battery is while each app is playing a video.
     
  12. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    VLC. MplayerX has issues with some of the more obscure formats.
     
  13. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

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    Weird. I've gotten MplayerX to play stuff VLC didn't.
     
  14. hallux macrumors 68020

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    MplayerX pulls ~1 watt more than VLC while playing the same video BUT it streams smoother when streaming off a share on my local network.
     

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