Mac users don’t have many choices beyond QuickTime, but if you’re willing to gather some change from the sofa cushions, you’ll be surprised at a popular alternative. It’s called SPlayerX, and unlike QuickTime, it plays just about every media file you can find (including some file formats I didn’t even know existed).
SPlayerX is one of those little web gems you hear about from time to time. It’s inexpensive, it just works, and the feature list is extensive considering it does much of what QuickTime Player already does– but more. More on that in a moment. The interface is surprisingly QuickTime Player-like with simple transport controls over a dark charcoal frame.
Size wise, SPlayerX is a smaller file than QuickTime Player (or any other media players of substance), features auto-matching subtitles (a big deal), no advertisements, GPU optimized, uses little of the Mac’s CPU, and starts up fast. It also has built-in tools to enhance color and sound. As to supported media file formats, the list is long, including MPG, MPEG, MPEG 2, VOB, DAT, MP4, M4V, TS, RM, RMVB, WMV, ASF, MKV, AVI, 3GP, 3G2, FLV, MOV, H264/x264 1080p/720p HD video, every audio format I know, and a bunch of subtile formats.
If QuickTime Player leaves you wanting, grab the sofa change and invest in SPlayerX. Because alternatives are a good thing.