What are the best video players for Mac OS X?

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    #1Elmedia Player

    Elmedia Player
    Elmedia Player is a free media player that supports a wide range of common and not so common audio & video formats, including FLV, SWF, WMV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MP3, DAT, FLAC, M4V, MPG, MKV and more. 
    Software

    Mac

    $9.99

    Christopher Munoz
    Written on January 1, 2017
    "When I want to play content that isn’t supported by the operating system (such as popular Windows formats AVI and WMV) Apple’s software won’t help without third-party software components installed. That is where Elmedia Player comes in. I quickly saw other advantages of this player and upgraded to the paid version which I love. Elmedia Player Pro is inexpensive, yet more powerful than QuickTime Player, and the paid upgrade has the ability to download web content."
  2. 14

    #2VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays a wide range of media formats such as mkv, mp4, and flv among others. It supports the playback of discs, devices, and network streaming protocols. 

    Software

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free

    Margaret Ross
    Written on September 3, 2018
    "VLC is my most reliable player when it comes to watching anime. They’ve got periodic upadtes on new formats that they can play. And when Christmas is coming right up the icon’s gonna have that Santa hat. So kawaii! "
  3. 13

    #3IINA

    IINA
    IINA is born to be a modern macOS application, from its framework to user interface. It adopts the post-Yosemite design language and allows you to play media files of very different formats.
    Software

    Mac

    Free

    Gary Harris
    Written on January 23, 2017
    "As much as I like VLC it really does not feel native to me on my Mac and its lack of support for things like touchbar are off putting. IINA is great, it's natively coded for MacOS (and open source too!) and feels like it belongs there and plays whatever files I need it too."

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

Did you know that it may be a short, deep, and analogous commercial shown during one of the breaks of Super Bowl XVIII that pushed Apple into the fame? During a third-quarter break of the 1984 Super Bowl between the Washington Redskins and the Los Angeles Raiders, CBS showed an advertisement with the title "1984", which showed English athlete Anya Major wearing a white shirt and a bright orange running short while holding a sledgehammer trying to fight the Big Brother and his henchmen, who are all skinheads and were wearing the same dull-colored clothes. It was directed by Saturn Awardee Ridley Scott and was filmed in England with a limited budget. 

The commercial was meant to be an analogy of George Orwell's famous futuristic and dystopic novel called Nineteen Eighty-Four, with Major playing the novel's main protagonist and serving as an analogy for Apple, while the Big Brother served as IBM, which was then a monopoly in the computer world. The commercial reaped praises and won an award in the 31st Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival in 1984, and it even proved successful as a marketing campaign since it led to around $3.5 million worth of Macintosh sales that year.  But the commercial drew the ire of Orwell's estate, saying that those who created the commercial were liable for copyright infringement.

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    #4mpv

    mpv

    mpv is an open source, cross-platform media player for Mac computers. This software features GPU video decoding and on-screen controller triggered by mouse movement. mpv can also be embedded into other applications.

    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free

    Anthony Dunn
    Written on September 3, 2018
    "I had mpv before in my Ubuntu and this has been reliable so far. So as soon as I got my Mac, I installed mpv here too especially when I use this for radio streams."
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    #5Plex

    Plex

    Plex is a free media server add-on developed by Plex, Inc. that is compatible with many devices, including Chromecast, Xbox, PlayStation, Android, Apple, Roku, Fire TV, and more. It is used for media streaming and organization.

    Apps

    Mac, Windows, Android, iOS

    Free

    Gabriel Caballero
    Written on September 3, 2018
    "I like this program’s compatibility with almost any device. I’ve got PS and I got Plex to play there to stream a file and it’s been good. You’ve just got to have the patience during installation coz it got daunting for me but I pushed through it so that it’s optimized."
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    #6QuickTime Player

    QuickTime Player

    QuickTime Player is a program that you can use to watch different video files, DVDs, and more. If you need to make a quick recording on your Mac, QuickTime is your cost-free solution, ready to record whatever you need.

    Software

    Mac

    Free

    Julie Rose
    Written on March 29, 2017
    "A standard solution which has always served me well! I would have loved to see more options even if they were of lesser quality."
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    #7MplayerX

    MplayerX
    MPlayer is a free and open-source media player software. It is available for Linux, OS X, and Microsoft Windows. It's armed by FFmpeg and MPlayer, which means it could handle any media format in the world without extra plug-ins or codec packages.
    Software

    Mac, Windows, Linux

    Free

    Zachary Lawrence
    Written on March 13, 2017
    "I needed a new video player for all my favorite anime. I looked around and came across MplayerX and it does the job wonderfully. It even supports some codecs that some other players did not."
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    #8Cisdem Video Player

    Cisdem Video Player
    Cisdem VideoPlayer is a free video and audio player that plays just about any media file (Including 5K and Full HD 1080P video). No need for additional codecs and plugins.
    Software

    Mac

    Free

    Rishika Gavde
    Written on June 19, 2017
    "This looks like a great solution for the problem, based on information presented on the landing page. Clearly indicates compatibility with Mac OS X, dozens of file formats included, and many other features that will likely entice users to try this product. Also, easy to find tips and user info makes this a good solution."

Summary

Best What are the best video players for Mac OS X
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Elmedia PlayerSoftware 40 Paid
2VLC Media PlayerSoftware 14 Free
3IINASoftware 13 Free
4mpvSoftware 13 Free
5PlexApps 11 Free
6QuickTime PlayerSoftware 9 Free
7MplayerXSoftware 7 Free
8Cisdem Video PlayerSoftware 7 Free
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