How do you view videos on your Mac? If you answer QuickTime Player, you’re in the majority. QT Player is free, plays all major video formats, and even records iSight camera video clips.
What’s missing in QuickTime Player? Oddly enough, it’s the ubiquitous video player that does not play all video formats. All the basics are there, but some are missing. How do you play DivX videos? Or WebM videos? Or Windows Media Video files?
How about DVDs? Or audio CDs, or Video CDs? Or, all those strange video streaming protocols? What QuickTime Player won’t play, VLC media player usually does.
VLC is a free, open-source, cross-platform multimedia player. The list of video playback options reaches areas where QuickTime Player doesn’t tread.
Cinepak. Theora. Dirac. WMV. Indeo. On2. Real Video. And more. There are even more audio formats from MP3 to Vorbis to FLAC, ALAC, Wavpack, Real Audio, MIDI, MACE, DTS, MLP. And more.
The VLC interface looks familiar (somewhat like QuickTime Player) but with a few extras.
VLC comes with a variety of skins to customize the look and feel of the player, but only for Windows PCs, or Linux PCs. Not the Mac.
If QuickTime Player runs into video and audio files that won’t play, VLC is the next best thing. It’s free. It’s fast. It handles many media file formats that QuickTime Player does not.