This is one of those days when I don’t want to criticize Apple. I’m a big fan of the company’s QuickTime technology. No, it doesn’t play every type of video or audio file out there, but it’s built-in to macOS High Sierra, and it does the job Apple’s way.
That said, I believe in different strokes for different folks and recognize that there are a few diehards in the Mac community that need a little more than QuickTime Player provides and are willing to go through both trials and tribulations to have their needs met and fulfilled. Here’s a perfect example.
What QuickTime Does Not
Allow me the opportunity to save a little time and not list every QuickTime Player option available for the Mac. Suffice it to say there are plenty, some free, some not, and most provide more features than Apple stuffs into QuickTime. Somewhere between the truly geeky media players and QuickTime Player itself is a popular media player app that comes in two versions; one free, one not.
This one is called Elmedia Player for the Mac.
Not only does Elmedia handle most video formats you’d find in QuickTime Player, it comes with a built-in web browser so you can find and watch videos online. The free version plays most popular video file formats including FLV, SWF, XAP (Silverlight), RM and RV (Real), WMV, AVI, MOV, MP4 and others, some of which do not play on QuickTime.
There’s a 10-band audio equalizer built in to the free version, and the player can change a video’s aspect ration, adjust playback speed, and even view a video fullscreen. It can also edit subtitles and works with the Apple Remote and the Mac’s built-in media keys.
Transport controls are similar to those in QuickTime Player but options are built-in to create, manage, and use video playlists, store them on Dropbox for sharing, but that’s about it.
The Mac App Store version comes with a price tag but also has features you won’t find in most other players, including an option to make screenshots from a video, convert Flash Projectors to SWF, download and save YouTube videos, extract the audio file, or convert the video into a series of images (that can be very handy).
Elmedia Player also has a free version which you can download and try. It comes with a bunch of useful features you might like. I’ve used it a few years and it’s updated frequently to handle macOS updates. Overall, no complaints.