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#31 blueman56


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Posted 18 February 2010 - 10:28 PM

Yep, another +1 for VLC, works great!!

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 10:13 PM

Movist for me, I love it's subtitles rendering and it can use both Qt and ffmpeg engines.

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 02:52 PM

My favorite player is Movist.

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 10:07 PM

MrMonster said:

I combine the two: VLC and QT with Perian & Flip4Mac.

Agreed ^^.
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 10:41 PM

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VLC is basically dead for me, because on x64 hardware it crashes, crashes, crashes.  

I found a awesome replacement for it, MPlayer OSX Extended:
and also install the original MPlayer's x86 codec pack to play virtually any format.

But nothing beats XBMC's features and media support.
Plex is a watered down version of XBMC, and doesn't have so many features and codec support like XBMC has.
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Posted 06 March 2010 - 05:08 AM

With built in codecs and support for all filetypes I would have to put my vote on VLC also.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 12:33 PM

I prefer quicktime, because you can just use flip4mac for most of the files which are not compatible with it. And the new one looks cool :)

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 04:49 AM

I use VLC for MKV file only because most of the the MKV's I watch have various subtitles, and QT doesn't process them very well. However, I use QT7 Pro and QT10 for everything else. I have 150+ codecs installed though, so there isn't much I can't play. Here's a bundle of the main ones if anyone wants them:
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Posted 10 March 2010 - 08:49 AM

I use only VLC.

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 05:22 PM

I prefer Mplayer OSX Extended, only one that runs 1080p mkvs nice with digital out.

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 04:00 AM

I got issues once with perian, so I don´t install it again. ( Was on Tiger so I don´t know if they solved it...)
VLC handle almost anything I throw at it, but I start using Movist more often now.

Can´t belive people like QT X. It just looks nice in the beginning before u realize how downgraded it is vs. QT 7 Pro.
If Apple makes X upgradeable to Pro, I´m willing to give it a try again.

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 01:02 PM

vlc is a bit slow when playing huge mkv files.

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 01:22 AM

I use vlc most of the time but as I am using a double screen and still want to use my mac when playing videos in fullscreen mode... I also use perian in quicktime... but I prefer vlc...

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 05:25 PM

Perian and Flip4Mac with Quicktime. It's as close to 64-bit as I could get, since I run Snow Leopard in 64-bit mode.

Course Movist still works and it has really fast scrubbing.

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 09:49 AM

Vlc because of no hassle

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 05:47 PM

MPlayer OS X Extended. It's the fastest, most capable HD MKV player out there.

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 12:46 PM

Quicktime is really nice imo. With Perian it's compatible with most formats and it's fast and simple like Mac software should be. But I sometimes use VLC too and it's not bad.

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 09:18 PM

VLC is the "best" for Mac right now, but god dang it what I wouldn't give for a better one.

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 07:14 PM

I would have to say there all good at different things. So just get all 3.

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 07:11 AM

I personally think vlc is awesome, especially when i want to play MKV files with subtitles and the whole thing is over 4gb. If i tried to do that on Quicktime (quicktime 7 pro or Quicktime X) with perian installed, even after the whole thing is loaded, it will take forever.

But i use Quicktime for 99% of my basic video editing, when i get a few smaller tv shows through torrents (they usually are avi's) and plenty of mp4's that friends encode.

So VLC with Quicktime X + Perian combo.

On the note of players, for a media entertainment system, which would you think is better: Plex or XBMC?

I have my current custom-added mac mini sitting next to my tv using front row to play movies and stuff.

Ive decked it with a blu-ray player.

Im looking for something that can play ripped dvd's without opening another program (i usually rip them in a video_ts folder or make an iso out of it)

And i have avi's, mp4's, mkv's, music, etc all on the mac mini in so many differnet formats (its my whole movie library, would be coming close to 600 or so DVD rips (i buy the movie, rip the disc, and put it in a case holding 240 or so discs each, scan the cover art, and throw out or sell the empty cover)

Which one out of Pex or XBMC is better?
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Posted 08 May 2010 - 05:48 PM

Movist for me.

Having use Mplayer Extended before, I have to say it's a very good player as well.

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 09:11 PM

+1 for Movist, but I mainly use QuickTime Player 7. If you install DivX, Flip4Mac, and Perian, you can use it for most video formats, and it has some very nice basic editing features, as well as a very useful Export command. You can still install it on SL as an optional install.

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 08:28 PM

I use a little audio player called "Cog". Love it 'cause it uses very little system resources and can play almost any type of audio file.

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 01:49 AM

Adventurous of me, I know, but I've stuck with iTunes, QuickTime, and the Apple DVD player for my media needs since buying my MacBook a couple weeks back. On Windows, I used so many different players over the years that my head spun, and it's nice to have prepackaged software that actually meets most of my needs for once. :)

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 05:43 AM

I'd say I like VLC the most too, cause I got dvds from all over the world and its the only thing I can use to play them on my cpu....

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 04:01 PM

yes, quick time x.... DUH

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 07:47 PM

Best media player?  Quicktime, with Perian to give it massive format compatibility.  I've seen lots of other, prettier, media players - but for sheer simplicity the Quicktime/Perian combo can't be beaten.

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:51 AM

- Movist for the videos here (i had problems with some subtitles when i used quicktime + perian) :

- Vox player to simply play audio files : http://www.voxapp.uni.cc/

- I would like to use Songbird to manage my audio library but the slow search bug is still present and it's annoying (and i don't want to use iTunes because of the lack of watch folders).

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 06:22 AM

Quicktime is nice for quick, fast, effective Film Conversion.

Quicktime, definitely

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