Why can't I find a decent video player???

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  1. sadcamper macrumors regular

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    I've been through a few different video players and can't seem to find one that works properly...what am I doing wrong??

    -the newest version of VLC caused memory issues
    -MPlayer won't switch to full screen (?)
    -Quicktime won't let me skip ahead to a certain section of a movie

    What is everyone else using? I've since downgraded to VLC 1.0.5, which is sufficient, but I don't understand how I'm using a brand new machine with decent specs and having all the issues! :mad:
     
  2. Sky Blue Guest

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    I use a combination of QuickTime, VLC and Plex.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I'm torn between Movist and MPlayer OS X Extended.
     
  4. deadwulfe macrumors 6502a

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    Just a guess, but if you're having trouble with every video player out there, I'm thinking the problem lies within the video files and not the player.
     
  5. reubs macrumors 68000

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    What he said.

    Are you having the problems with the same file each time? You also haven't said what file type you are trying to play.
     
  6. Winni macrumors 68030

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    The 64-Bit version of VLC 1.1 works perfectly fine on my 27" iMac i5 (with Snow Leopard in 64-Bit kernel mode). 64-Bit VLC 1.02 still had a lot of issues, but the current build runs great.
     
  7. sadcamper thread starter macrumors regular

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    Agreed that it may just be the files...the Quicktime issue was with an .mkv file, but every type of file I've tried on the 64-bit VLC has caused the same issue, which is documented in the VLC tickets.

    The Mplayer baffles me though...I literally tried every movie I had, and none of them would switch to fullscreen when prompted to. I tried every setting within the preferences, uninstalled & reinstalled...nothing works.

    I can't do Plex...the interface is just too much.
     
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  9. chuckm1020 macrumors regular

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    VLC does have memory leak issues. shows itself when watching a long video. very known problem. hopefully fixed soon. i had to go back to 1.0.5. still runs pretty good.
     
  10. jsf8x macrumors 6502

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    What do you mean by memory leak issues?
     
  11. sadcamper thread starter macrumors regular

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    As you watch a movie, it continues to hog more and more memory until it starts lagging and stuttering.
     
  12. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Try Movist. I have found if Movist won't play a file, there is something wrong with it and all other players will have trouble with that same file also.
     
  13. sadcamper thread starter macrumors regular

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    Alrighty...have been experimenting more.

    I didn't realize there was an MPlayer OSX Extended, and an MPlayerX...the former didn't work for me, but MPlayerX is excellent! I think I found the one! :D
     
  14. bender o macrumors 6502

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    Really?? I have my MBP on Thursday and I was thinking on watching 720p movies with vlc and a hdmi adaptor. I already downloaded the last version of vlc and put it on a external hdd. Can I find 1.0.5 on the same site or should I look somewhere else or should I stick with the last version?

    Thanks
     
  15. sadcamper thread starter macrumors regular

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    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html
     
  16. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I like MPlayer OS X Extended but it has no audio on some h.264 files. I'll have to investigate some more.

    Movist has the best full screen OSD and keyboard shortcuts.
     
  17. bender o macrumors 6502

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  18. sadcamper thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sorry...they do host the previous versions on there somewhere...

    Anyway, happy with MPlayerX now.
     
  19. bender o macrumors 6502

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    Great thanks for your help :) My MBP arrives in a couple of hours I'll try it tonight and come back with feedback :)

    Thanks
     
  20. bender o macrumors 6502

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    Hi again,

    So I downloaded MPlayerX and I've been watching a bunch of 720p .mkv movies with it :) At first I couldn't find how to send DTS to the speakers but I found the option in preferences. I couldn't be happier with it :)

    Thanks for the tip :)
     

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