Saturday, August 11, 2007

Free FLV Player For Mac OS X - How To Play FLV On A Mac

How to play FLV files on a Mac...

If you want to play FLV (Flash Video) files on your Mac, you'll need to use a player that can handle FLV files. Here are a few recommendations (and all of them are FREE as of this posting):

1. Standalone Desktop FLV Players

Wimpy Desktop FLV Player by Wimpy - a Mac Flash video player that lets you watch FLV and SWF files from your desktop.

flvThing by Automagic Software - lets you watch FLV files from your desktop.

2. Perian

Perian is a free, open source QuickTime component that adds native support for many popular media formats including FLV, MKV, AVI, DivX, 3ivX, FLV1, FSV1, Flash ADPCM and many more.

3. VLC Media Player

The VLC Media Player is a free, cross-platform media player that supports a large number of multimedia formats, without the need for additional codecs. It can handle FLV, WMV and VOB files to name a few.

My picks:

I'd go with either Perian or the VLC Media Player since they will allow me to play not only FLV files, but other media formats as well. A plus for the VLC Media Player would be its ability to play videos in full screen. QuickTime won't let you do that unless you buy the PRO version.


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3 comments:

TurboPunk said...

I would say go for perian.

The quicktime I have in Leopard allows you to view media in fullscreen and it supports skipping through flv files unlike VLC does at the moment.

pinoymaclover said...

Thanks for pointing that out. I just checked my quicktime too and the full screen mode is now accessible (I'm still using Tiger). It must have been added with the previous quicktime update.

Flash Video Player said...

This is a beautiful piece of freeware. Thanks so much! Very easy to use and appears to be full-featured (for those who know what the features do).

 

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