VLC issues

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by Ardmanz, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. Ardmanz macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2013
    I'm having a few issues with VLC on my late 2013 15" rMBP.

    It just doesn't seem to be very stable.

    Often I will open up a video file and it will become unresponsive for about 30 seconds to a minute. The audio will play but the video will either freeze on the first frame or not display it at all. At this point I can either wait for a minute or I can force close. It will normally be ok if I re open but not always.

    Last night it crashed mavericks completely (Kernal panic, I think, grey screen telling me I have to reset).

    Also, when watching something through the HDMI lead there is always a grey bar present at the top (where the menu bar would be).

    On a kind of unrelated note, how do I set OSX to open files with whatever program I want?

    I right click, open other. tick the "always use this application" but that only seems to apply to that one particular file, not all files with the extension ".mp4" (for example).
  2. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here
    Once you’ve changed the default program for this file, the button for "Change All" is active.

    This button will set your Mac to use the selected application to open files of this type. Click on that button.
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    1. Click on a file of the type that interests you.
    2. Press [cmd]+[i] or File/Get Info.
    3. In the resulting dialog box, scan down to the Opens with: popup menu.
    4. Select your preferred application.
    5. Press the Change All... button.
  4. Ardmanz thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2013
    That worked a treat, thanks.

    So is anyone else suffering these instabilities?

    I've tested this on 2 late rMBP and it's the same on both so I'm guessing it's a Mavericks issue.
  5. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040


    Feb 25, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
  6. twintin macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2012
    Don't have an rMBP, but on MBA 2012, the little I have used VLC seems to work OK although the UI feels a bit clunky.

    As the poster above me I would also recommend using MPlayerX instead or if you have and Apple TV then Beamer is a must (stream to your TV without HDMI cable from your computer or AirPlay Mirroring).

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