If you’ve ever been a Windows user, than you have certainly encountered a few problems trying to play various video files. There are many available solutions for this problem, and many people use the popular K-Lite Codec Pack.
However, you should know that there is no K-Lite Codec Pack for Mac. So what do you do if you encounter this problem? Let’s discuss alternative solutions that you can use.
VLC Media Player is a very popular solution for Mac users, which eliminates the need to install any kind of codec packs for Mac. Although it won’t play every possible audio and video format, it will work with most popular formats including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AVI, DivX, MP3, MP4, WAV, FLV, FLAC, OGG, and many others. Of course, it will play DVDs and VCDs as well. VLC is definitely one of the best media players for Mac users, and its free.
Download here: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html
NicePlayer is an interesting alternative to QuickTime. It works great, especially for playing movies, TV shows, and other videos. It works with Mountain Lion; however, it hasn’t been updated in a while, and we are not sure whether it will work with Mac OS X Mavericks.
Download here: http://code.google.com/p/niceplayer/
MPlayerX is a simple, but beautiful player that will handle almost any media format you throw at it, without the need to install any extra plug-ins or codec packages. It will also detect and play most subtitle files, without too much hassle.
Download here: http://mplayerx.org
If you’re looking for a way to play windows media (WMV and WMA files) using QuickTime, there is a very quick solution. All you have to do is install Flip4Mac (free version), and you’re good to go.
Download here: http://www.telestream.net/flip4mac/overview.htm
Perian is a codec pack for Mac, which enables you to play many video/audio formats using Apple’s QuickTime application. Although it has been a very popular solution for many years in the past – it is not supported anymore, and it won’t work with QuickTime 10 or later. However if you are using a previous version of QuickTime, feel free to install Perian.
Download here: http://perian.org
As you can see, there are plenty of solutions if you encounter problems trying to play media on your Mac. Some will require you to install codecs and continue using QuickTime, while others are completely new applications. If you don’t know what to choose – we suggest going with VLC, as it is regularly updated and supported.