Media players can be tricky things, capable of playing some files at a high standard and then refusing to recognize others at all. Finding a media player that is adept at playing pretty much any file format is not unlike finding gold. VLC media player has enjoyed international popularity for being just that – a media player that will play anything. More and more software developers are now jumping on the bandwagon and giving VLC a run for its money, none more so than MPlayerX. While not as versatile as VLC, MPlayerX is a Mac-compatible application that will play almost anything you ask it to – except, maybe, the piano! While it might be a shame for PC users, for Mac owners, MPlayerX brings with it support for Apple Remotes as well as the ability to alter the size of the subtitles and the capacity to pick up where you left off upon reopening a video.
MPlayerX is a powerful player and its developers are keen to see it live up to its potential so have been tinkering with it to correct certain combability issues and problems with disabling subtitles. If you have both VLC and MPlayerX installed on your Mac, there really shouldn’t be a single file that you can’t watch. While MPlayerX doesn’t have an integrated subtitled search like the new, improved version of VLC, it is capable of accessing some game files that other players battle with. Compared to players such as QuickTime, MPlayerX’s innovative design is blinding apparent; its trackpad allows for multitouch control that means you have more precise manipulation capabilities. As MPlayerX can intelligently detect how subtitles are encoding, there is no need for any finickity conversion processes. Subtitles are available in a number of different languages and there are 12 subtitle formats that its capable of displaying. MPlayerX has great flexibility and minimal resource consumption, as well as being decidedly user-friendly. MPlayerX supports a wide range of output drivers and allows the user to enjoy their favourite movies in full-screen mode. This is a useful piece of software, with a chic design and accessible controls that offers great versatility and substantial power.