Video player for mac that's easy on battery life

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jonjon03, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. jonjon03 macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2015
    Still very new with using the macbook pro, and wasn't sure which video player offers the most compatibility and prolonging battery life. Was thinking of VLC, but I read somewhere that it can be a resource hog. Any input would be much appreciated.
  2. prisstratton macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2011
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    I cannot claim to be super knowledgeable about media players. They all serve a purpose and in most cases that purpose consumes large amounts of resources because of the very nature of what they do.

    The one thing that I do like about VLC is that “it just works” to quote Apple’s byline and it plays everything. To me, the difference in resource usage does not compare to knowing that it is going to work.

    Others will no doubt argue differently, but that is my 2¢.

    Hope it helps.
  3. Kajover macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2010
    the easiest is quicktime but it does not support the playback of .mkv files. you would need to transscode them with e.g. handbrake to .mp4 files.
  4. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    You pointed to a transcoder. The file is an .MP4 wrapper you need something that just changers the .MP4 to .mp4 from .mkv like thhe cheap shareware software MP4 Tools that will change the video wrapper to play on iOS devices.

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