What software do YOU use to play back 720/1080 movie files?

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  1. sochet macrumors regular

    sochet

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    Hey all,

    So yesterday I bought a lovely 1080p LED monitor (Benq 2420HDBL) and I want to watch some HD movies through it.

    The files are all ripped to .mkv and I've noticed VLC is buggy as hell (Jerky playback, lots of artifacts etc.) I know my Mac is up to the task (New 'decoding: 10 Mac pro) so it can't be that.

    I saw this article that says VLC is really bad for H264: http://www.chipmunkninja.com/1080p-MKV-playback-on-Mac-1r@@

    I've done the steps labeled above, but with only very very minor success.

    Are there any other players you could recommend? (Not M player 2 though, just tried that and I got HUGE burst of white noise through my high end audio monitors (luckily they have in-built limiters, if not I have no doubt I'd be deaf/looking at a very annoying repair).

    Any help would be appreciated!

    Thanks.
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    I use QuickTime with Perian installed to handle .mkv files.
     
  3. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    ...Quicktime X? I've used it to watch coutless 720 and 1080 films and it's good to go.
     
  4. brijazz macrumors 6502

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    +1 for Movist. I used to battle with VLC also, until I read a review of Movist. I've not looked back since I started using it.
     
  5. dirt farmer macrumors 6502

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    +2
     
  6. sochet thread starter macrumors regular

    sochet

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    I've tried Perian, and the thing I don't like about it is that it acts like it's "streaming" the file, rather than loading it all (So say if I just want to jump to the middle of the film I can't)

    And quicktime x can't handle .mkv files natively, hence the use for Perian ^
     
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    What is the issue with people who believe that downloading the free Perian codec suite is a problem?
     
  8. xi mezmerize ix macrumors 6502a

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    I use VLC and Quicktime+Perian and everything runs perfectly. Maybe it's the videos themselves that are messed up?
     
  9. sochet thread starter macrumors regular

    sochet

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    Well nothing, except for the problems I mentioned.
     
  10. sochet thread starter macrumors regular

    sochet

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    I just downloaded movisat, and it works perfectly!


    It seems VLC is a bit weird, I think there's more than one update stream :confused:
     
  11. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    i cant get an H264 mkv playing in QuickTime X with Perian installed. any ideas?

    also why is an H264 mkv not made into an mpeg4 container? is mkv more open?
     
  12. timothevs macrumors 6502

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  14. Hypex macrumors newbie

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    MPlayer OSX Extended or Plex, they both handle 1080p .mkv w/o any problems at all.
     

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