Who does not love QuickTime Player on the Mac? It’s simple to use, records the Mac’s screen with audio, and plays almost any kind of video and audio file you throw at it. Except the ones it won’t play and surprisingly, that’s a growing list.
QuickTime Player’s shortcomings explains why there’s a growing number of apps that do some of what QuickTime should do but doesn’t. Elmedia Player is one of the best free and non-free Mac apps that play all kinds of weird, quirky, and obscure media.
Wait. Is Elmedia Player free or not free? It depends on what you want to view or listen to. There’s a free version which plays most of what you probably want to see and hear. And there’s a pro version with bells and whistles that take the player way beyond QuickTime Player.
Does this look familiar?
You won’t be confused by Elmedia Player because it looks, feels, and works much like QuickTime Player, but the proof is in the taste of the pudding, and plenty of use features are ready to use just below the surface.
The Elmedia Player handles FLV, SWF, XAP, RM and RV, AVI, MOV, WMV, and even DIVX. Take that, QuickTime Player. Unlike Apple’s free players, Elmedia Player also acts as a file manager with playlists and download management– somewhat like iTunes. And it does all that for free.
This looks familiar, no?
Yep. It even plays YouTube videos.
That brings me to the Pro version which does even more, including the option to create playlists and view YouTube videos, but all those extra bells and whistles come with a price modest price tag.
Elmedia Player Pro lets you download streaming videos and Flash animation to your Mac, including SWF files with all external resources. Project.exe files can be saved as SWF files. Movies can be converted into a series of images.
Got Vimeo? So does Elmedia Player.
Flash videos and movies can be viewed in Fullscreen mode on your Mac, and you can take a screenshot of any section of the movie. As full featured media and management apps go, Elmedia Player Pro isn’t expensive, but it’s not for the casual video collector, either.
And then there’s audio. Elmedia Player is an audio player, too.
The player can even extract audio from a video, which means music videos become music. The Pro version has options to download RTMP streams, HTML videos, and handles downloads from popular video services including Metacafe, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Facebook, Yahoo, YouTube and many others. The Pro version also has a number of video conversion options which make it useful tool to save video and audio to be replayed later.
There’s even an option to take a screenshot of a video or convert a video into a series of screenshots saved as TIF, GIF, or PNG images. Elmedia Player converts Flash projectors to SWF, plays SWF files, but I won’t go into that because, you know, Flash. Is. Dead.
Admittedly, the Pro version is where the action is, but there’s a preference setting that disturbs me. I know why developers want to receive app usage statistics and at least Elmedia gives you the option, but anything that watches what I do, when I do it, and then asks to receive the data is getting creepy.
Otherwise, a worthy little utility.