So i have both a PC and a MAC. Recently i have opened up the the the the App Store and flipped through some of their freebies. I came across one- MPlayerX:
Here is a list of features:
- Play almost any format of file or stream.
- Multi-touch. Control the player with your fingers.
- Intelligently detecting the encoding of the subtitles. No need for encoding conversion.
- Direct pass through. Connect, play, enjoy your home theater.
- Multi-monitor support. Wanna work while watching your collection? just drag and F.
- Apple Remote support. Watch your favorites in sofa, more comfortable.
- Automatically find the next episode. Enjoy the whole afternoon, with just one click.
- Forget where you stopped playing last time? MPlayerX won't.
Now i have just downloaded it so i haven't had enough time to play around. However, i did check out some of the key features and it seems nice. For example, the multi-finger support is quite helpful. It doesn't FF too quickly, yet it isnt that fast. To me it is even more productive than dragging that “thingy” [forgot what its called, the seeker?]
This program has a Speed option [obvious, but useful. Unlike VLC where u have to click to increase the speed, this one makes you punch in numbers. i found it a bit irritating, but i rarely used it, so :).. another thing that caught me was the audio & sub delay [ two separate options, i havent tried it out yet as i dont have any movies on my MAC [they are on my PC], but when i do try it, i will let you all know].
EDIT: tried it out, but i must be horrible at this, because it sounded the same to me.. the audio was in sync.
In the above picture, you can see those three windows open, the “Inspector”, “Equalizer” and “Video Tuner”
I am not too sure if VLC has these features, but they dont seem too useful, unless of course i did want to play around with the settings.
While this program, MPlayerX is quite “feature-full” i found myself wanting to use VLC. it could be that i was not too used to the program, or maybe i was just a bit ignorant, but to me this was not as amazing as VLC. For example, i loaded up a foreign film with an .srt subtitle file. On my computer, VLC automatically recognizes it and loads it up, but MPlayerX might need some tweaking or some shorter steps.
One thing that made me “love” the program was the multi-touch seeker, i found myself enjoying not being able to click, hold, and drag, and missing the part i wanted by a couple of seconds. sure it might be a tad bit harder on this program [ if you go the multi-touch way], but it was just fun to slide my finger instead of the whole “click, hold, drag” process that we are so keen too.
All in all, i think that this is a great program to use. The thing about this was that when idle it still took more memory and CPU than VLC. not by much however. As far as the file compatibility goes, many reviews have said that it is compatible with many files, but i have yet to try. If you are looking for a great freebie and hate the classy VLC design and have a MAC, then this is a great program to use. If you love the VLC classy look, then go VLC.. either way you won't be missing out.
**This is my first review, in an attempt to revive Dottech…. so if it stinks, cut me some slack please :D
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