32 responses

  1. Scott
    February 15, 2017

    I’ve been using VLC for many years, it has never failed to play a single movie I throw at it no matter the format. I like that it’s consistent on the Mac and Windows too, as I have used both platforms over the years and learning new apps is not necessarily fun, I’d rather keep to the same ones if possible so there is no discovery necessary. I don’t know why anyone would bother with anything else than VLC, but if someone wants to try to convince me of a better option go right ahead. Many years ago I tried mPlayer2 but now VLC can play flawlessly M4V and MKV just fine so there is no use for another app.

    VLC is still the best.

    • Yup
      February 15, 2017

      Same here. I use VLC on Linux. I have it on OS-X. I usually run Linux on my mac.

    • Larry
      February 15, 2017

      There’s also a VLC remote app that lets you control VLC from your phone or tablet (an Apple remote will also work, but you don’t have as much detailed control). My favorite.

  2. Helmuth
    February 15, 2017

    You guys missed IINA, a modern player specifically build for OSX https://lhc70000.github.io/iina/

    • Paul
      February 15, 2017

      IINA looks great, thanks for the heads up!

    • DonDop
      February 15, 2017

      The title said ‘best’ video players, he didn’t miss anything.

    • Ted
      February 16, 2017

      Alpha 0.0.5!? Lol!
      Will check it out if it makes it to v1.0 as a bare minimum :-)

    • e01
      February 17, 2017

      It’s good, but yeah, it’s alpha. But works fine :)

      Looks alike MPlayerX

  3. Stan
    February 15, 2017

    While it’s not without its share of early version issues, I’m really starting to like IINA, which seem to be based on the public code of (no longer free) Movist app.

    PS. Is that Stranger Things? I have a feeling I’ve seen that scene somewhere, can’t quite put my finger on it.

    • Colm
      March 18, 2017

      It is stranger things.

  4. Valentino
    February 15, 2017

    Nice selection.

    Why did not MPlayerX is not present? Between all the players that are available for mac, I found this one to be the best to play 4K on the iMac 5K. VLC works pretty well, but MPlayerX is way better at least for the 4K playback.

    Tiny SS of a good 4K movie – http://imgur.com/dDUuYCs

    MPlayerX – http://mplayerx.org/#sthash.ZDXNEl38.dpbs

    • e01
      February 17, 2017

      Plex is not just a player, but something more.

      +1 for MPlayerX, it does perfect job, I prefer that the others, it could place subtitles over the black borders, something which other fails, it have nice and minimal interface and just works.

    • Alex
      February 19, 2017

      Maybe the author did not include MPlayerX because, even with the installer from its official website, it contains malware/spyware, like MacKeeper, if I remember correctly.

      I used to install MPlayerX from the Mac App Store, but then the developers stopped the support for the Mac App Store version, and if you wanted all the features of its latest version, you had to download the installer from its own website. Now that installer has malware embedded, like the one you can find on some installers like uTorrent and so on.

      More info on reddit, for instance:


  5. PingPong
    February 15, 2017

    Aurora for Bluray files and discs. Surprisingly good.

  6. expobill
    February 15, 2017

    me thinks Quick time works great for Osx10.8.5 with an external sound system like a bose even with boom expanding the sound, and it’s easier to operate

    • Ted
      February 16, 2017

      Yes, QT is fine if all you play is mp4 or m4v or such. For anything else, like MKV, QT is a showstopper.

  7. Todd Robinson
    February 15, 2017

    I use Div x, the Pro version plays with Dolby surround-sound. Sounds great with my Polk sound bar.

    • Ted
      February 16, 2017

      DivX!? WOW! Didn’t know they are still around. Last time I used it was around 2005-ish. Used to be hot in the old times.

  8. Jan
    February 16, 2017

    Yes, VLC is the best option for me.
    Long time used on Windows and now on Mac. Happy with it.

    • TomK
      February 16, 2017

      Longtime fan of ease-of-use of VLC. However, since switching to late 2015 iMac (Retina 5K), I find the colors super-saturated. No amount of tinkering with settings can get natural colors. Usually I can live with it, but if it’s important, I have to switch to QT.

  9. Ivan
    February 16, 2017

    You forgot mention Movist.

  10. roman
    February 16, 2017

    movist is the best video player for mac

  11. Alex
    February 16, 2017

    If anyone needs to play mxf, DNxHR and other professional formats, try Switch by Telestream. They have a free version as well. ;)

  12. Konstantin
    February 16, 2017

    I am using Elmedia Player Pro, great features and it can add external audio and subtitles to the video easy.

  13. Tzus
    February 16, 2017

    Total Video Player 2.7.0 (App Store) has the edge for me. Even has the ability to take snapshots of videos.

  14. andiDoubleXX7
    February 17, 2017

    Looking for a light weight ”floating” video player? Try HELIUM.

  15. Bryan Kuro
    February 17, 2017

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned Elmedia Video Player. It’s clean and looks way better than VLC. Also available in the Mac App store.

    (I use VLC, but Elmedia is a great alternative)

  16. Marin
    February 19, 2017

    I used to use MplayerX. It was great. Until they became malware…

    Now I found out about IIna… Well guys, thanks for this. It will certinaly help a LOT ! :)

  17. robert
    February 21, 2017

    Movist is great if you care for battery life – its resource use is much lower than e.g. VLC’s.

  18. Bob
    February 23, 2017

    Bryan, someone DID already mention Elmedia Player, just 3 posts before yours.

    Try using the search function next time – worked for me.

  19. Gurkan
    March 3, 2017

    I’ve been using the app called as “playr” it does the job however, it’s not free. MPV config files were frustrating me, thanks for IINA, I wasn’t knowing that.

  20. Prizm
    September 24, 2017

    VLC is an ugly POS. Numerous other players can play “everything”, VLC was never the only player that could play anything you throw at it. Plenty of other players can, and they have better GUIs as well.

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