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8 best video players for Mac OS X

Compiling a list of the best video players for any platform is not an easy undertaking, especially since most of the times a highly subjective choice. You see, the main differentiator between video players is usually the type of codec and file types they support, but in addition to that, almost all players provide a set of features that is sufficient for the vast majority of users. Hence, it becomes really difficult to find the best based on looks or features that you probably wouldn't find necessary.

With Windows, it is easier to identify the best video players, because you have choices like Media Player Classic, VLC. KMP, etc. With Mac, the list is significantly different. Sure, you have VLC on Mac, but the main players in Microsoft's ecosystem don't really exist in OS X otherwise. So, here we take a look at the best video players specific for Mac OS X and classify them in the order in which we believe we deserve your attention.

1. VLC

difficult to place the immensely popular and cross-platform VLC Media Player anywhere other than the first. This incredibly powerful media player has everything you'll ever need, whether it's a scenario for expert users or just someone who wants to watch videos. It would be difficult to find a video codec or format that VLC cannot handle and the number of customization and enhancement options it presents overwhelming. VLC also doubles not only as a media player, but also as a valid tool for cataloging and managing libraries and for a decent screen. You also get very decent trackpad gesture support, which becomes a godsend if you don't always use the mouse. Complete it all with the active development that VLC has grown accustomed to over the years and you got your number one competitor in your hands at no cost.

The only drawbacks you might encounter with VLC are the relatively outdated interface compared to other video players on our list, and its lack of battery compatibility. Compared to other players, VLC can seriously drain your Macbook's battery, so we recommend doing so. However, the good certainly outweighs the disadvantages, so you need to try VLC if you are looking for a capable video player.

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2. QuickTime Player

QuickTime Player native of OS X, and grown seriously over the years. However, recommending it for second place on our list was quite difficult, but in the end we only followed because QuickTime the battery-optimized video player you'll find for OS X (which is true for almost all Apple native software on a Mac ). What really limits QuickTime as a solid contender is the lack of format support, especially for MKV files. In addition to that, QuickTime is a very powerful video player on OS X for common formats that supports and works better for .MOV files than Apple's native recording format for its iDevices line. QuickTime also acts as a film, audio and screen and offers one of the best results in this area. QuickTime is also one of those few video players that have AirPlay support, something that also lacks the powerful VLC. And since you don't have to go through the hassle of downloading and installing it, it's worth staying at number 2 on our list.

QuickTime native to OS X and does not require a download link.

3. MPlayerX

First, keep in mind that there are several variants of MPlayer, which use the same engine, and the one we are specifically reviewing here MPlayerX. MPlayerX everything you can ask for from a media player, and then some. For example, it can play pretty much everything you throw on it smoothly, and it has gesture support, it can automatically encode subtitles, it supports online playback from guys like YouTube and Vimeo, it can automatically play the next episodes if you are watching a TV program assumes that the denomination is sequenced, can connect to home theater systems to improve the audio experience and even support control via an Apple Remote. And absolutely gorgeous, automatically removing the letterbox and operating in a borderless design. So why would you ask at number three?

Why MPlayerX has one major disadvantage that outshines it so well: advertising. I mean, this software full of adware. The first time I activated it, the adware was immediately detected as malware by my antivirus, but not alarmed. If you decide to disable the adware during the installation process, you should be good. Frankly, the problem with the adware is just a nuisance that you can easily get rid of, but the fact that MPlayerX tries to push it down on unsuspecting users, enough for me to make it number 3 on our list.

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4. Look at this

Watch This a newcomer to the video player scene that quickly became one of my favorites. Watch This comes from the manufacturer of the well-known Mac subtitle application, and focuses specifically on those who watch movies and TV shows. The most unique feature of Watch Here's how it tracks movies and TV shows. You can add a directory to watch the program, from where to automatically organize available TV programs and films, extracting their works from the web and keeping track of the episodes you have, those you have watched and others that may have been released. The player even allows you to subscribe to the TV shows you're watching, so you'll always get notified when a new episode has been released, making it infinitely useful for people who watch many TV shows and find it difficult to track episodes.

In terms of video playback, I have yet to find a format that Watch can't handle, so it also covers you there. However, there is one main disadvantage (if you want to consider it) that Watch costs $ 15, which is unusual for a video player (mostly a free genre). However, as I see it, what you pay for are just the extra gadgets that Watch This brings and others don't. The bottom line, if you are an avid TV show and movie viewer, you won't regret this $ 15 if you have to spend it.

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5. Elmedia Player

Elmedia Player is the only video player on our list that is sold through the Mac App Store and available in two versions: the standard standard version and another PRO version that can be purchased through in-app purchase. The free version is a fairly capable video player that can handle practically all formats that will be projected on it, including MKV, and supports HD playback with ease. Some of Elmedia's unique features include the ability to play online videos from virtually any location, floating playback window, and the ability to edit subtitles inside the player, which can be a godsend if you encounter subtitles that are just out of sync. Elmedia also has a 10-band equalizer; something that is not very common for video players. In addition, you can make some basic changes on videos, including adjusting brightness and saturation, reducing noise, etc. And change the aspect ratio with the ability to rotate and flip the video.

The PRO version of Elmedia allows you to download videos online and not make much difference to your experience unless you regularly download content online.

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6. 5KPlayer

5KPlayer a very powerful media player that focuses mainly on online content, as well as supporting a variety of video formats. As the name suggests, 5KPlayer's biggest selling point is the rendering of 4K and 5K Ultra HD video content, in which it far outperforms the competition. Other unique features include the ability to play and download videos directly from online video sites, including YouTube, Vevo, Dailymotion, etc. Supports a variety of online radio stations, including BBC, Heart, Planet Rock, etc. Audio downloads from Soundcloud are also included. 5KPlayer is also one of those unique players with AirPlay support, which not only allows you to play content from your Mac to an AirPlay compatible system, but also to stream content from your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad directly to your Mac. 5KPlayer a video player worthy of which you should test yourself before making a decision.

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7. MPV

MPV is basically a fork of the popular MPlayer, with a focus on leaner CLI options for better performance. This is the GUI-free video player, which means that MPV doesn't have an interface but comes with on-screen controls that invoke mouse movement. MPV also uses the OpenGL rendering engine and GPU decoding for a much better output, at the expense of the features and functions that are usually expected of video players. The most unique thing about MPV that it is embeddable, which means you don't have to use it as an installable video player, but rather on your website or in other programs and apps. MPV also cross-platform, so you're not limited to OS X only.

What really limits MPV is the lack of functionality. The downside is that MPV is extremely light and can be incorporated as and where you like, so a compromise worth having.

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8. Kodi

No collection of video players can be complete without Kodi. If you find this strange, perhaps you will recognize Kodi better with its previous name, XBMC – the ultimate multimedia center. Kodi continues this legacy with a much improved interface and a plethora of options that deserve an article in itself. Kodi's main selling point is her media organization skills, but she can also reproduce anything you go through. What makes support for extensions infinitely more powerful, which allow you to add a number of sources and plugins to the main program, and can greatly enhance and increase Kodi's capabilities. It supports online playback and all types of subtitles and much more. There is really no way to capture everything about Kodi in one paragraph; you must first try it yourself

Kodi is also available for all common desktop and mobile platforms, making it the most cross-platform option on our list and rivals VLC in diversity.

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So that's all for our best choices of video players for Mac. Do you have any suggestions or feedback? Leave us a comment