All three are good browsers, but each has a different flavor, different characteristics, and, importantly, a different set of features. What about media players on the Mac? QuickTime Player is built it, priced right, plays back most popular video and audio file formats, and even captures the screen as a video.
QuickTime Player is not the cat’s meow, though, and third party developers see a market for Mac users who need more features. A good example is the free Elmedia Player for Mac (and it’s big brother, Elmedia Player Pro with even more features).
What you get is a QuickTime Player-like Mac app which handles more audio and video file formats (FLV, SWF, WMV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MP3, DAT, FLAC, M4V, MPG, MKV and others) and if you opt for the Pro version, you get playlists, screenshots, Flash, and either way, a built-in browser so you can find and save videos.
What’s not to like about all that?
The Pro option gives you easy access to YouTube videos and can even extract audio from a video. Need subtitles? Can do. Don’t like distracting advertising from YouTube? Watch the video within Elmedia Player in visual comfort.
The audio player functions like, well, an audio player, complete with transport controls and options to store and manage a collection of songs with multiple playlists.
The video player looks and plays like, well, QuickTime Player, so there’s no learning curve. It supports fullscreen mode, lets you deactivate the screensaver during playback, and can pin the video you’re watching on top of other Mac apps. Got Flash? Elmedia Player handles SWF files, too.
Sometimes video and audio don’t match up, or synchronize as expected. Elmedia Player has an option to adjust the sync so audio matches the video on the screen. There’s also an option to handle subtitles, and not just a display. If the video has subtitles Elmedia Player can give you controls over encoding, font size and colors and a playback adjustment so the subtitle matches the video.
The free version is pretty good for the price and competes well against QuickTime Player. Yep, it works with AirPlay from your Mac, too. And, unlike iMovie, it captures a freeze frame from video. The embedded browser is a plus, too.
The real value, though, is in the Pro version which has a modest price tag. Click Here for comparison features between the two versions. Make sure to checkoff those features you want before deciding on which version you need.
The player is nicely done, very Mac-like, and the developer responds quickly to issues (check out the reviews on MacUpdate).