I blame it all on OCD. Maintaining such a collection is an obvious exercise in diminishing returns. And, finding a media player to play such odd file formats became an increasing challenge. While not the last of its breed, here’s one of those Swiss army knife media players.
To Be Free. Or, Not!
Mac users are likely quite happy with QuickTime. It plays most of the major audio and video formats with ease. It’s elegant, simple to use, and thanks to H.264 video files, and AAC (MP4) audio files, it just works.
That makes me wonder why apps such as Eltima’s Elmedia Player are still around. Don’t get me wrong. Elmedia Player works quite well.
The player can do a few things that QuickTime cannot, but also plays files in FLV (Flash), SWF (Flash), Silverlight, RM and RV (Real Audio), plus AVI, MOV, MP4 and other more esoteric file formats.
Elmedia Player features a built-in browser so you can still browse the web and watch movies without switching apps. And, it has media management options built-in which look unsurprisingly like iTunes, so it’s instantly familiar.
Even HTML5 web videos are captured in Elmedia Player, and you can save to your Mac almost any video file (requires the Pro version to save; which for a media player isn’t all that expensive).
If you’re a Mac user who is totally satisfied with QuickTime Player and never ventured into obscure, irrelevant, or dying video formats, Elmedia Player is not for you. However, if you know that there’s life beyond QuickTime, and need a class, well-supported video media player, this is a good one; free or Pro.