There’s the QuickTime extensible multimedia framework which manages digital media content. And, there’s the ubiquitous QuickTime Player which plays back media, records screen videos, even plays audio files. Here’s a free Mac Media Player that’s pretty good.
Free, And All That
If QuickTime Player plays nearly every media file you can think of, then why bother with another player, even if it’s free?
Choice is good. In this case, the free Mac Media Player has a few tricks that QuickTime does not, including an option to stream movies to other devices.
Mac Media Player also handles some video file formats ignored by Apple’s QuickTimer player, including DVD, VideoCD, MOV, MKV, AVI, FLV, WMV, MP4, MPEG, RMVB, MP3, WMA, AAC, AC3 and a few others.
This nifty player also runs HD DVD movies at 1080p right on your Mac’s screen, and it features DTS5.1 stereo audio
Nice, huh? Friendly, simple, attractive, easy to setup and use, and free.
What’s not to like?
The free Mac Media Player is something of a gateway product; just a step away from the Mac Blu-ray Player, which, of course, has a price tag.
Wait. Mac Blu-ray Player?
That’s right. The free Mac Media Player has a big brother with the ability to play Blu-ray DVDs. On your Mac. What about Macs that don’t even have a SuperDrive (MacBook, iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro)?
Mac Blu-ray Player has you covered and can even play both Blu-ray or DVD movies in ISO image format (let’s not discuss where you get such files, but caveat emptor, NSA, Kim Dotcom, Megaupload, and Gestapo are words that come to mind).
This player app also has a built-in technology called AirX which makes Blu-ray play on iPhones and iPads on the same local network.
Yes, QuickTime Player is nice, but it’s not the only game in town.