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List of Best FREE Video Player for macOS in 2020

List of Best FREE Video Player for macOS in 2020

If you are a MAC user then you are aware of the limited capacity of its native or built-in player, QuickTime. You can fulfill your basic media requirements with this player but when it comes to versatile, user-friendly, and robust players then this default MAC player fails to deliver.

A good video player has the characteristics of a vast assortment of compatible formats, user-friendly operating features, and most importantly a crisp video display. The market of video players is intensely competitive, and we need a few pointers in order to decide which one we would like to have. Let us take a look at some of the things you must look for while choosing a video player to meet all your video and other multimedia needs.

Features to look for in a video player:

  • It must be able to run all the well-known video and audio formats that include WMV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MP3, DAT, FLAC, FLV, SWF, MP3, M4V, MPG, and MKV.
  • It should be free of ads, spyware, and malware.
  • The video player should be compatible with the latest macOS version and can support videos of the highest quality (4K and 5K)
  • It should have a sleek and intuitive user interface that users can navigate easily. There are video players that come with a mac friendly interface.
  • You should be able to create playlists with the player and have controls that enhance the movie-watching experience.
  • It should have compact video playback functions like play, pause, volume control, time display, etc.

Now, it is time to choose the best one for yourself.

We want it to be the best and we want it free! Isn’t that the mantra for most of us when it comes to getting any software installed or any utility application for our devices? You will be impressed that there are some really sophisticated video players in the market which are macOS friendly and are also free.

We have picked up some of the best free video player for mac.

Rummage through our list and we are sure you will find the one to your liking.

  • Elmedia Player for Mac – This free media player for Mac supports a range of audio and video formats like FLV, SWF, WMV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MP3, DAT, FLAC, M4V, MPG, MKV, and more.
    • It has no ads and comes with a subtitle function so you can easily watch movies in other languages with this player.
    • It also supports local file streaming of many different formats to your TV or any other streaming-enabled device.
    • You can create and edit playlists with this.
    • It also has simple video enhancement features like you can rotate, flip, create a mirror image, etc. with this player.
    • It comes with a built-in audio equalizer and you can do playback adjustments with it like delay audio or video.
    • It has subtitle support included in it and has a custom subtitle synchronization feature.
    • You can also search for titles online with this player.
    • Hardware acceleration is enabled on it.
  • VLC – This is an open-source program that is uncluttered and cross-platform. This player supports DivX and Mpeg streaming and one can also play DVDs, VCDs, CDs, network streaming protocols, and many other types of video files.
    • It supports complete video formats which include MKV, MP4, VOB, WMV, MPG AVI, etc.
    • You can play many different audio formats on it like AAC, AC-3, FLAC, MP3, ALAC, etc.
    • You can stream local files of many different formats to your TV or any other streaming-enabled device.
    • You can create and edit playlists with this, and it has a video tuner.
    • You can convert one video format to another using VLC.
    • It also has simple video enhancement features like you can rotate, flip, create a mirror image, etc. with this player.
    • It has a built-in audio equalizer and you can do playback adjustments with it like delay audio or video.
    • It has subtitle support included in it and has a custom subtitle synchronization feature.
    • Hardware acceleration is enabled on it.
    • You can even record the audio or video you are playing with the VLC player.
  • Cisdem Video Player for Mac – Cisdem player can playback high-quality videos like a champion. It supports a wide range of audio and video codecs and is fully compatible with all popular HD, FHD, SD, and UHD video formats. It will not just take care of your local files but also the ones you download online from YouTube, Vimeo, etc. It is a completely free video player with the only caveat that you need to do an in-app purchase to unlock the video conversion function.
    • It supports complete video formats which include MKV, AVI, FLV, AVCHD, WMV, etc.
    • You can play many different audio formats on it like MP3, OGG, ACC, WMA, AIFF, etc.
    • It has subtitle support included in it. You can manually or automatically add subtitles in .srt and. ass formats.
    • It has a very concise interface.
    • Occupies very little space on your CPU.
  • 5KPlayer for Mac – This is an all-rounder video player that acts as a free online video downloader, music player, AirPlay media streamer, and movie player for Mac. It supports all HD, 4K, and 5K videos and it can also serve as an AirPlay sender and receiver for streaming media from any iOS devices like iPhone, iPad, Apple TV.
    • Has support for all video formats like MKV, M2TS, MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV, etc.)
    • The wide range of audio formats supported by this player includes MP3, AAC, AC3, WMA, FLAC, ALAC.
    • You can stream local files of many different formats to your TV or any other streaming-enabled device.
    • You can create and edit playlists with this, and it has a video tuner.
    • It also has simple video enhancement features like you can rotate, flip, create a mirror image, etc. with this player.
    • You can do playback adjustments with it like delay audio or video.
    • It has subtitle support included in it.
    • Hardware acceleration is enabled on it.
    • It lets you download videos from YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, and other online platforms.
  • JustPlay – As the name goes, this is a simple media player which can play a wide range of video and audios on your MAC device.
    • It supports complete video formats which include MP4, AVI, MOV, SWF, DAT, MKV, etc.
    • You can play many different audio formats on it like FLAC, AAC, MP3, WMA, etc.
    • You can create and edit playlists with this, and it has a video tuner.
    • It also has simple video enhancement features like you can rotate, flip, create a mirror image, etc. with this player.
    • It has a built-in audio equalizer and you can do playback adjustments with it like delay audio or video.
    • It has subtitle support included in it and has a custom subtitle synchronization feature.
    • Hardware acceleration is enabled on it.

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