Video player

Mac Essentials: VLC

VLC Media Player
VLC Media Player

VLC is an open-source multimedia player and framework that plays nearly every type of multimedia file. VLC is simple, clean and has a small footprint and because it is open source it can be extended as per need.

We all need to play videos on our computer both at home and in office for one reason or the other. There are various of video formats in the wild and each company choosing to support a particular format for their own reason. But this does not leave the user(us) in a very good shape as the video files that we want to play or receive from someone may not necessarily be in the same format all the time. iTunes does not support all available formats because of license issue and the fact that there are just too many formats out there in the wild. It is always a pain to install format specific application on the machine as you would end up with too many applications that are not doing too much.

This is where VLC comes in handy. VLC can play almost all possible video formats flawlessly. In terms of interface, VLC has a very simple and basic interface that is fun to use. Hidden behind the simplicity is the power to play anything(video) that makes VLC media player so good. It can also download streams from the internet. Because of the simple and minimalist look, VLC is very quick in streaming video from the internet.

Over all, VLC is a very good media Player for you Mac. It is simple, lightweight and will successfully play the most stubborn of the media files.

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Mac Essentials: Flip4Mac


Flip4Mac is a collection of QuickTime components that allow you to use QuickTime based applications to play, import and export Windows media audio and video files on Mac

Since Windows is the most popular operating system in terms of numbers installed, there is a lot of media that is generated on Microsoft Windows platform which is compatible with the Windows platform but may not always be compatible with media players on Mac.

Once Flip4Mac is installed on you machine it allows you to play all the content on the internet that is designed for Windows without any problem. There are no more hassles involved after this. All files directly work as they are supposed to.

Windows in the past would develop a version of their media player for the Mac so that Mac users could take advantage of media files that are supposed to run on the windows media player. They have stopped developing this software and their site would point you to Flip4Mac if you tried to find Windows Media player for OS X.

There are plug-ins available for Flip4Mac that can be sued with mot QuickTime based applications like QuickTime Player, iMovie etc. There are paid versions of Flip4Mac pro available from the developer but the free version is almost sufficient from an end users perspective as the pro version is generally useful for professional and people working with media files on regular basis.

The software is recommended as a must have for any user who has just used to Mac or the ones who have managed to live without it for so long!

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