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Friday, March 9, 2007

Best QuickTime replacement!

It happens many time that QuickTime just cannot read some video files with weird codec. It is always best to have an alternative on hand and I must admit that I am not using this cool app as an "alternative" anymore. I don't know why but many video simply looks better with this app: VLC. It works in almost every operating system and it is free. The only complain I have is that the control are not in the same window as the video. It works amazingly well and like FireFox is a backup when Safari doesn't work, VLC is the same for QuickTime! More details and download here on the developer's site!

12 Comments:

Blogger Dan said...

I use it all the time, and im satisfied with the range of codecs VLC can use.

March 9, 2007 at 6:47 AM  
Blogger happyhara said...

such a great help,is there a way to access the entire history of the tips?

March 9, 2007 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Dev said...

this isn't really a tip.

March 9, 2007 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger John said...

Nobody asked you, Dev.

March 9, 2007 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Pablo said...

Hi... I'm following the tips every day, and I've learned a lot, but this time I'm not with you.

The first video I opened was an AVI. The screen was frozen while I heard the sound.

The second one was an MPG and even I pressed the OK button after locating the file, it didn't play.

No VLC for me...

March 9, 2007 at 5:39 PM  
Blogger Cássio said...

I love it. I would just love to have a list of shortcuts for its functions, like loading subtitles. Anyone? :)

March 9, 2007 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger kevin said...

VLC is good but when you are on full screen and if you try to go to ur widgets, it would close VLC. other than that it is great.

March 10, 2007 at 12:29 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

VLC is good. I think the DIVX Player performs a little better and may play more codecs .

March 10, 2007 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger Earl Grey said...

Your best bet for playing all formats is to download Perian. Perian is a set of codecs for QuickTime player. Combine Perian with Flip4Mac and an AC3 decoder and there is nothing you cannot watch on your Mac.

The codecs are available at the following sites:

Perian
Flip4Mac
A52 Codec (AC3 Audio Decoding)

Once you have them the only time you will need VLC is for subtitled films where the subtitles are contained in an external file. I have found that only VLC can handle these on a Mac. The downside to VLC is the lack of on screen controls when in full screen mode.

Stay away from the stand alone DivX player if you are on an Intel Mac, it requires too many system resources running through Rosetta. Actually don't bother with DivX codecs - Perian handles DivX beautifully.

March 10, 2007 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger John M. Nolan said...

Have IMacG5. Want to create slide show with narration.
Would appreciate it if someone/anyone can recommend a good microphone that will plug into the G5. Or, use a USB port.

Thanks

March 10, 2007 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

6 times out of 10 it's great
but it has a habit of crashing during playback.

March 11, 2007 at 9:11 AM  
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