VLC better alternative

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  1. andygabriel macrumors regular

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    Hi,
    are there better softwares to watch videos on the mac. I use VLC but do you guys recommend any other that will play any video format?

    Cheers
     
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  3. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

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    Lunettes is a new attempt at "saving" VLC for the Mac and tries to redesign the interface while using the same core.
     
  4. redwarrior macrumors 603

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    ^^ Test version coming out in January. Thanks ergdegdeg.
     
  5. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

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    I've been using Lunettes for a few months now and it works quite well. Sometimes it crashes when I go into full-screen mode but overall, it's nice.
     
  6. karohan macrumors 6502

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    Movist is a great video player. It's all I use now.
     
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  8. davegoody macrumors 6502

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    PLEX all the way

    Hi guys, try Plex, it is fab. It based on the XBMC core, plays all my HD MKV files and just works. Not only that, the interface is sooooooo polished, it could have been (or perhaps SHOULD have been) what Front Row is.
     
  9. munkery macrumors 68020

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    QuickTime can handle almost anything with Perian, Flip4Mac, and XiphQT installed. I find I only ever need VLC for some MKV files.
     
  10. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

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    I like MPlayer OSX Extended. Seems to play my mkv's more smoothly than VLC. I generally use QT + Perian for most things, though.
     
  11. Nermal, Dec 21, 2010
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    That's interesting; it's been 2-3 years since I last tried Plex and the UI was very clunky back then. I might give it another go now since it sounds like it's been improved.
     
  12. andygabriel thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks everyone. I guess i'll have to try all of them.
     
  13. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Plex is good when used with remote but quite a bit slower than the others when used with mouse&KB. It's amazing for HTPC though, definitely the best media app to be used with Apple remote for instance
     
  14. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    The new update to XBMC is quite good (better than Plex). I don't have a HTPC so I'm not really all that into those though. I generally use QT + plugins for most of my media needs. I probably watch more media on my iPhone though and it's extremely limited in what it can playback.
     
  15. lopoz macrumors regular

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    MPlayerX

    I've been using MPlayerX as my default player for a while now and personally I think it's the best player around. It looks good, is actively being developed (unlike MP OSX Extended) and it's fast.

    By the way, I'm looking at the Lunettes Github, and the last commits are dated from back in July.. Is there still any development going on there?
     
  16. munkery macrumors 68020

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    One nice thing about VLC is that it includes libDVDcss that is require by some apps, such as Fairmount and Handbrake, to have full functionality.
     
  17. Ultramarcos macrumors newbie

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    I've been using VLC, QuickTime and Recently re-started to use XBMC.
    VLC is for sure the one best option for videos...on top of that, if you have an iPhone you can use the VLC remote App to manage it.
    But in terms of overal Media experience, XBMC is looking great, (I would even say a bit better than plex) but my big hustle with it is to get all my media organized...that is my real problem with my media Center right now!
     
  18. brandon.8602 macrumors member

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    Download Perian for mac http://www.perian.org/
    It is a plugin that allows Quicktime to play a much much larger amount of video files
     
  19. alec macrumors regular

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    Just wondering...

    What's your issue with VLC? I haven't had any problems in my years of use...
     

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