Media-Player Drive-Thru

A One-Stop-Shop for everything to do with media-player software on your Mac. This page has been created to help you download and test all the latest Mac media-player software; all from one single bang-up-to-date webpage.  


If you can see anything we’ve missed, is incorrect or unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Media Player Family

Adobe Flash Player is a web-browser plug-in that enables Flash multi-media content to be played within your preferred web-browser. Flash Player supports: graphics, animated graphics and A/V content.  Entire websites can be created in Flash.

MPLayer

Extended



Or:


MPLayerX








Description

Supported Codecs

Adobe SWP is a web-browser plug-in that enables SW media-content to be accessed from within your preferred web-browser. SWP is different to Flash mainly because it has better interactive capabilities.  Very popular for online-games.

QT is OS X’s native media-player. It runs as a stand-alone player but also installs a plug-in to all installed web-browsers, this facilitates access to streamed web-content.  QT also has its own plug-in architecture to extend compatibility. e.g. Perian

RealPlayer is a stand-alone player but also installs a plug-in into all web-browsers present on your system, this enables playback of streamed web-content.  RealPlayer 11 beta does not work properly with Dashboard Widgets.  Use Real 10.1.

Flip4Mac is a software plug-in that gives Apple Quicktime the ability to playback Microsoft’s ‘Windows Media Files’. (WMF) It does NOT support content that has been protected using Microsoft’s Digital Rights Management (DRM).

Silverlight is Microsoft’s answer to Adobe Flash Player. Silverlight content is rare but becoming more common.  It uses the MS VC-1 codec.Like Adobe Flash,  It also supports interactive graphics.

DivX is one of the products that started the user-generated-content revolution.  Sadly, it has been squeezed-out by the success of Flash Player.  Like Quicktime, DivX comes as a stand-alone player and also installs a web-browser plug-in.

Movist is a free,, open-source, stand-alone media-player that also boasts full FFmpeg and Quicktime compatibility.  This basically means it can playback almost anything.  It’s unique selling-point is that is has excellent subtitle support.

Adobe Media Player is geared towards managing downloaded HD movie content.  Think of it like iTunes for your HD movie files, with Sony providing commercial HD movie content. AMP is  not essential at the moment but keep an eye on it.

VLC is a free, open-source, stand-alone media-player that is capable of playing back an enormous variety of video codecs including DVD’s playback from any region.  Now Intel 64bit ready.

Adobe

Shockwave

Player

Adobe

Flash

Player

Apple

Quicktime

Player

RealMedia

Player

Flip4Mac

Microsoft

Silverlight

DivX

Player

Movist

VLC

Media-

Player

WMV9, (VC-1) WMV8, WMV7, WMV Standard, MP3

See here for a full list of supported codecs.

Far too many to list on this page. 

Update:  The latest versions support .MKV playback and the new WebM (HTML 5) open standard.

Try watching a regular DVD or (S)VCD using VLC.

VLC 2.0.7 Intel 64bit

VLC 1.1.12 Intel 32b

VLC 2.0.7 for PPC

32bit Browser Plug-in 1.0.5 INTEL / PPC


OS 10.7 / 10.8 ready

version: 3.2.0.16

Video:.AVI, .ASX, .ASF, MS Motion JPEG .MJPG, MPEG-4 V2 (MP42) MPEG-4 V3 (MP43) MPEG-4 V1 (MP4S) MPEG-4 V1.1 (M4S2) WMV7 (WMV1)  WMV8 (WMV2)  WMV9 Standard, (WMV3) WMV9 Advanced (WMVA) Audio: WMA9, WMA, MP3, MS G, MS IMA ADPCM, MS G 711 

RM, RA, RAM, RT, RP, PNG, GIF, JPG, MP3, SMI, SMIL, WAV, MPG1, MP2, Some .AVI AIF, .AU, AC3, and .ASF,  MID, MIDI, RMI, MOV, .FLA

3GPP, 3GPP2, AIFF, AMC, AMR, GIF, AU, AVI, BMP, CAF, Cubic VR, DLS,, DV, FLC, GSM, JPEG/JFIF, MIDI, MPEG-1, MP3, MPEG-4, H.264 iTunes A/V, PDF .PS, MQV, PICS, PICT, PLS, PNG, .MOV, QT Image, SDP, SDV, SF2, SGI, SMIL, Targa, TIFF, QTVR, Wave. AAC, 

.SWF

Video: Sorenson Spark, On2 VP6, H.264, (MPEG-4 Part 10)  AAC, AVC, ISO/IEC 14496, 3GPP, Audio: ADPCM, MP3, HE-AAC (MPEG-4 Part 3)


Video: Sorenson Spark, On2 VP6, H.264, (MPEG-4 Part 10)  AAC, AVC, ISO/IEC 14496, 3GPP, Audio: ADPCM, MP3, HE-AAC (MPEG-4 Part 3)

Movist is able to modify subtitle font, colour and position, even adding a stroke aid text definition.  If you watch a lot of foreign films and sometimes have trouble with subtitle legibility, Movist could be your answer.  FFmpeg compatibility list.

Divx, Mpeg, Mpv, Mpa, Mp3, Mp4, Avi, Asf, CDA(Audio-CD), DAT(Video-CD)

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MPEG-1 (VCD) and MPEG-2 (SVCD/DVD/DVB) MPEG-4 ASP in all variants

inc. DivX. OpenDivX (DivX4), DivX 5 (Pro), Xvid, MPEG-4 AVC aka H.264,

Windows Media Video 7/8 (WMV1/2) Windows Media Video 9 (WMV3)

RealVideo 1.0, 2.0 (G2) RealVideo 3.0 (RP8), 4.0 (RP9) (using Real Libraries)

Sorenson v1/v3 (SVQ1/SVQ3), Cinepak, RPZA + other QuickTime codecs,

DV video, 3ivx, Intel Indeo3 (3.1, 3.2), Intel Indeo 4.1 and 5.0 (using x86 DLL

or XAnim codecs) VIVO 1.0, 2.0, I263 and other H.263(+) variants (using x86

DLL)  MJPEG, AVID, VCR2, ASV2, FLI/FLC, HuffYUV  .MKV

Audio Codecs: MPEG layer 1, 2, 3 (MP3) AC3/A52, E-AC3, DTS Dolby Dig,

AAC (MPEG-4, WMA (DivX Audio) v1 & 2 WMA 9 (WMAv3) Voxware audio

ACELP.net, RealAudio: COOK, SIPRO, ATRAC3, RealAudio: DNET + Older.

QuickTime: Qclp, Q-Design QDMC/QDM2, MACE 3/6, ALAC, OGG, VIVO

(g723, Vivo Siren) alaw/ulaw, (ms)gsm, PCM, APCM + many older codecs.

As of 1.0.5 now supports the playback of Video TS files.

MPLayer is an Open Source FFmpeg based media-player.  It is  similar to VLC but doesn’t support quite as many codecs. On occasions it works better than VLC.  If you play a lot of PC generated AVI and DivX content, it may be worth downloading MPLayer as backup to VLC.  There are several versions of MPLayer available, but MPLayer Extended and MPlayerX are the only two worth bothering with.  Being FFmpeg based, MPL supports a great many container-file formats as well as media-codecs and this is the root of what gives MPLayer its excellent file-compatibility.

AVI, FLV, and MKV formats, MS-MPEG4 v1&v2, DivX, 3ivX, H.264, FLV1, FSV1, VP6, H263I, VP3, HuffYUV, FFVHuff, MPEG1 MPEG2,, Fraps,    Windows Media Audio v1 & v2, Flash ADPCM, Xiph Vorbis (in Matroska), MPEG Layer II Audio, AVI support for: AAC, AC3 Audio, H.264, MPEG4, and VBR MP3 Subtitle support for SSA and SRT.

Perian is a Quicktime plug-in that supports many additional codecs.  Warning: Perian is known to be the cause of some software incompatibilities, e,g: iMovie 7 not importing from USB cameras, iChat video-con not working.  So be aware.

 

Apple

Quicktime

X

QT-X is OS10.6 Snow Leopard’s new native media-player. It runs as a stand-alone player but also installs a browser plug-in to all installed web-browsers, for access to streamed web-content.  Only supports a limited codec range.

Video: Mov, MPEG 2 / 4-P2, H.264, H.263, H.261, Apple ProRes & Pixlet, Animation, Cinepak, 3GPP, Component, m4v, AVI, DV, DVCPRO, MJPEG, Sorenson Vid. 2&3.  Audio: m4a, m4b, m4p, mp4/ AAC, Lossless, CAF, AU, SD2, AMR, AIFF, WAV, SND,  mp3, QCELP. MS ADPCM,  IMa 4.1, MC 6.1

XBMC

Miro, is an open source HD media-player that also combines a content acquisition system.  In some respects it’s quite similar to Adobe Media Player but Miro packs the added benefit of a built-in torrent downloader component.  Well worth a look.  More about Miro.

MPEG, Quicktime, AVI, H.\264, Divx, Windows Media, XVID, Flash Video and more...  Full list to follow.

Miro

XBMC is a complete MPLayer based, Open-Source, HD media-centre system.  Additionally, XMBC includes its own DVD-Player component.  XBMC is also compatible with a wide rage of remote-controllers (including Apple’s) and can also playback content over a home network.

Based on MPLayer but with improved DVD / SVCD / CD compatibility.   Plex is also a very similar product to XBMC.  You should evaluate both if you are looking for a a fully integrated home media-centre system.  We tried Plex and hated it, your mileage may vary.  People do seem to think Plex is a good product so give it a go.

Try watching a standard DVD