It’s hard to beat free, right? The Mac comes with a built-in– and free– media player that does most of what Mac users want. It plays video and audio files. What’s not to like? Plenty. If you want it to do more than Apple wants you to do.
How about playlists, subtitles, color controls, 8K video, streaming to Chromecast, and pulling videos from YouTube, and a growing laundry list of what QuickTime should but does not give Mac users. Where can you get those features?
Play It Again, Sam
Media players are not a dime a dozen despite the top two being free. QuickTime and VLC. Many Mac users have a hankering for features that go beyond the basics of playback and that’s where Elmedia Player Pro becomes a worthy candidate because it packs a bunch of useful features into an elegantly usable app that does more than QuickTime.
First up, Elmedia Player can display video subtitles and put them on the external display, too. Media files that do not run on QuickTime are the app’s speciality and works with Google’s popular Chromecast where Apple’s player does not. Even streaming media files come with controls to pause, reverse, and go forward.
Want YouTube videos without Chrome or Safari? Elmedia Player Pro does the deed. Vimeo, too. With or without commercials. 4K video? Elmedia Player Pro pushes video to Chromecast Ultra, Apple TV 4K, and other 4K smart TVs.
We’re just getting started. Elmedia PLayer Pro has options to flip video, rotate video, mirror video, and, on the fly, adjust color– brightness, saturation, contrast, etc. One of my favorite features is grabbing video from YouTube. Worth. Every. Penny.
Both video and audio can be looped and playback speed can be adjusted as needed. Elmedia Player Pro handles fullscreen mode on macOS, and can display video on an external display. Transport controls are simply and intuitive and you’ll appreciate the playlist options to create, manage, search, and edit.
Elmedia Player is available from the developer’s website, for from the Mac App Store, but the free version still has more features than QuickTime on the Mac.
A built-in spell checker would be nice.