Playing large mkv files on MacOSX? Which player???

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by maxap, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. maxap macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2008
    Hey guys,

    I am pretty new to the Mac scene and really love my MacBook Pro Unibody.
    The only one problem that I have is a fact that there are no decent players to watch HD movies.
    VLC player supports mkv's, but it still cannot handle videos using multi-processing. So you can clearly see some stuttering and the mkv's even in 720p play not so well.
    QuickTime Player with Perian codecs is also not best and is very slow.

    Could you guys tell me how you play huge mkv's (7-10gb)? Which applications do you use? I know my MBP is a very powerful machine... too bad it still cannot handle good HD videos....

    Please help!
  2. Carrot007 macrumors regular


    Sep 18, 2006
    It seems odd to me that VLC does not work for you, I regularly play 720p MKV's using my original low end macbook (to which the the only change I've made is upgrading the ram from 512mb to 2gb) connected to my tv.

    The only time I get stuttering is in the following situations.

    1. Playing off optical media. This stuters quite a bit, still watchable, but not good.

    2. Playing over wireless. A lot better than fro optical media but still not good.

    So if you have not tried it, copy the fiel to your mac first.

    Note, I cannot comemnt on a external HD or wired network as I never do it (well not in ages anyway), but I would think they should be fine also.
  3. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    One would think, but VLC struggles to play HD content from my external drives as well. Plex works fine.
  4. NATO macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    I hate .mkv files... HATE them. I usually throw them through VisualHub and watch the resulting MP4 file instead. It depends though whether you're archiving it for multiple viewings later, or just a one-off though, might not be worth doing for a single view.
  5. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    VLC defaults to using QT codecs these days, so will not necessarily perform any differently from QT itself. Try using Movist and set the preferences to use FFmpeg instead as a default for mkv/mp4 files.
  6. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    I never have any problem with 720p content on my MBP.

    Most 1080p files work fine too.
  7. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    I do have some high-bitrate 1080p mkv files, which are a huge burden on any system.
    My Mac mini Core Duo 1.66 GHz doesn't have the horsepower to run them smoothly... :(

    My Mac Pro is okay with them, certainly using Plex. Movist does well too.

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