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July 09, 2007

Video Players For The Mac?

Yeah QuickTime Player has some nice things to it, especially if you purchase the pro version but there are lots of video formats it doesn't handle well or at all.

I've tried using VLC but it's a bit crashy with some formats or is unable to fast forward or seek some video formats. Reliable and consistent it's not.

Democracy was just recently recommended by Small Dog because it can play MPEG, MP4, MOV, H264, Flash, Xvid, AVI, OGG, and more. However it doesn't handle DivX and some other codecs that that the DivX Player can.

MPlayer picks up most of the other formats the others above miss. But then, you still sometimes need RealPlayer and Flip4Mac for RealMedia and Windows Media respectively.

Isn't this a bit ridiculous? Why do Mac users (and for that matter, Windows users too) need so many damn media players for all these stupid formats. There should be one video player that handles all the different video formats perfectly. While I'm wishing for things... lets all pick one damn format and stick to it. That'll be even better.

Posted in Apple & Mac , Software & Downloads by usrbingeek at 2007-07-09 01:20 ET (GMT-5) | 1 Comments | Permalink


That Democracy looks interesting. Also interesting how it works with Flip4Mac....must be coded to use the plug in just like QT.

Posted by: Antonio at July 9, 2007 11:43 AM

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