"I don't like Apple's QuickTime player. It's stupid like Windows Media Player. I'd like a QT alternative that performs better than QT. Is there any option on alternative to QuickTime? Which QuickTime alternative is the best? Thanks for any suggestion."
Part 1: 5 Free Alternatives to QuickTime for Mac
QuickTime is a media player developed by Apple for both PC and Mac computers, which can also be used to record, convert and play media (images, audios and videos) from the supported formats. Apple describes it as a suite of files, applications and plug-ins. The first version of QuickTime was released back in December 1991 and has been rapidly growing since its launch into one of the biggest media players. After over 20 years, QuickTime still dominates among users on both the Mac and Windows. As with all software applications, it has its shortcomings with the biggest one being its incapacity to support many media file formats. Therefore, we aim to introduce the best QuickTime alternatives for you, which you can use on your Mac or Windows computer.
All of these below 5 QuickTime alternatives are freeware. You could free download QuickTime alternatives and install them on your Mac computer to take a try.
Leawo's Free Blu-ray Player for Mac is an all-in-one media player combo. As QuickTime player alternative, Leawo Free Blu-ray Player performs even better. It could work as free Blu-ray disc player, free DVD player, free HD video player, free audio player and free ISO file player. Different from QuickTime player, which has no support of Blu-ray disc playback, Leawo Free Blu-ray Player is a complete region-free Blu-ray disc player. It supports almost all video formats for playback, and multiple audio decoding technologies like Dolby, DTS, AAC, TrueHD, DTS-HD, etc.
2. VLC for Mac
VLC has multiple versions upon Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Linux. The VLC for Mac is without doubt a wonderful choice as QT alternative. It is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files like videos, audios, DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. Like Leawo's Free Blu-ray Player for Mac, this alternative to QuickTime player also don't need any codec package. However, it couldn't play Blu-ray disc on Mac, while Leawo Free Blu-ray Player for Mac could.
MPlayerX is another open-source Mac video player that is quite similar to VLC. It'll play a wide range of video and audio files (again without the need for any additional codecs or software) and has a few other hidden features, such as multi-touch and Apple Remote support. The interface is based on that of QuickTime's with the same minimal approach and one feature I love about MPlayerX is the bookmark feature which remembers where you played up to last time – something which I think every video player should have.
XBMC is another open-source media centre which can play most types of video, music and picture. The interface is very customizable (there's a load of different skins and plug-ins available for it from their website) and the program is completely open-source, meaning that almost anyone can develop a feature for it. Although I prefer Plex for usability and features, XBMC is a very good (and completely open-source) alternative and is most definitely worth a look at least.
5. MPlayer for Mac
MPlayer is a free and open-source media player. The program is available for all major operating systems, including Linux, Mac OS X and other Unix-like systems, as well as for Microsoft Windows. It could play CDs, DVDs, Video CDs, Blu-ray discs, videos and audios. MPlayer can also use a variety of output driver protocols to display video like VDPAU, the X video extension, OpenGL, DirectX, Direct3D, etc. It can also be used to display TV from a TV card using the device, or play and capture radio channels via radio. Without doubt, MPlayer could be a wonderful alternative to QuickTime.
Part 2: The Best QuickTime Alternative Mac - Free Blu-ray Player for Mac
If you want to get the best QuickTime player alternative on Mac, Leawo Free Blu-ray Player for Mac should be your choice.
Leawo Free Blu-ray Player for Mac
☉ 100% free movie player for Mac users to play Ultra HD 4K, 1080P video for free.
☉ Free Blu-ray disc player to play 4K Blu-ray disc regardless of disc protection and region code.
☉ Support multiple audio decoding systems like Dolby, DTS, AAC, TrueHD, etc.
☉ Adjust subtitles, video and audio during media playback.
What media files could Leawo Free Blu-ray Player for Mac play as the best QuickTime alternative;
|Supported Input Media|
|Blu-ray||BD50/BD25 disc and folder|
|DVD||DVD-9/DVD-5 disc and folder|
|Images (watermark)||TIFF, TIF, GIF, PNG, BMP, JPEG, JPG, ICO, EMF, WMF|
|Supported Output Media|
|Video|| 3D video formats: 3D MP4, 3D WMV, 3D AVI, 3D MKV, 3D YouTube video, etc.
HD video formats: HD MP4, HD AVI, HD MOV, HD TS, HD TRP, HD VOB, HD MPG, HD WMV, HD ASF
Common video formats: MP4-AVC, MP4-XviD, MP4-H.264, AVI, ASF, WEBM, MOV, RMVB, FLV, F4V, TS, DAT, WMV, MKV, XviD, DV, MPEG-1 NTSC, MPEG-1 PAL/SECAM, MPEG-2 NTSC, MPEG-2 PAL/SECAM, DVD-Video NTSC, DVD-Video PAL/SECAM, 3GP, 3G2, DPG
|Audio||FLAC, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AMR, M4A, MP2, MP3, OGG, RA, AU, WAV, WMA, MKA|
|Images(snapshot)||PNG, BMP, JPEG|
|Decrypt commerial Blu-ray/DVD disc|
|Region-free Blu-ray/DVD disc player|
|Free HD video player (play 4K, 1080P, 720P and other videos without quality loss)|
|Free play BD/DVD ISO image file|
|Play Blu-ray/DVD folders free|
|Select subtitles and audio tracks|
|Advanced audio decoding technology ( Dolby, DTS, AAC, TrueHD, DTS-HD)|
|Virtual Remote Control|
|Create Playlist and add/delete media to/from Playlist|
|Supported OS||Windows XP and later, Mac OS X 10.6 and later|
Advantages of Leawo Free Blu-ray Player for Mac over other QT alternatives:
- Region-free Blu-ray/DVD disc player: No matter which region your Blu-ray/DVD disc belongs to, Leawo Free Blu-ray Player for Mac could recognize and play.
- Support of 4K movie playback: the first quality-lossless and free 4K movie player, 4K Blu-ray disc supported as well.
- Advanced audio decoding tech support like Dolby, DTS, AAC, TrueHD, DTS-HD, etc. to deliver cinema-like movie experience at home.
- Free from spyware, ads and plugins.
- Support to directly play BD/DVD ISO image file for free.
- Lifelong free service and update support.
Video Demo - How to Play Movies on Mac with Leawo Free Blu-ray Player for Mac:
Part 3: All-inclusive QuickTime Alternative Mac - QT Converter
If you're a diehard fans to QuickTime player and have no interest of an alternative to QuickTime player, but want to play all movies with QuickTime player on Mac, you get Leawo Prof. Media for Mac, an all-in-one Mac media converter combo that could let you watch Blu-ray, DVD and video files on QuickTime freely as you like. No format incompatibility issue would affect you anymore.
Prof. Media for Mac
☉ Easily convert between video, audio, DVD and Blu-ray files
☉ Backup Blu-ray and DVD movies without quality loss
☉ Burn video to Blu-ray/DVD file, and copy ISO file to Blu-ray/DVD disc.
☉ Create photo slideshows and burn photos to Blu-ray/DVD file
☉ Edit and play Blu-ray/DVD/video/photo files, create 3D movies, and design disc menu.
How to Convert Blu-ray/DVD/Video/Audio to QuickTime on Mac with Leawo Prof. Media for Mac:
- Download, install and launch Leawo Prof. Media for Mac on your Mac (Mac OS X 10.6 and later versions).
- Open the "Convert" tab, click the "Add Video" button to browse and add source video files. If you want to convert Blu-ray/DVD movies to QuickTime videos, click "Add Blu-ray/DVD" button to browse and load source Blu-ray/DVD files.
- Click the drop-down box next to the "Add Photo" button and then select "Change" option to set output audio format. To convert media to QuickTime, you could choose MOV from Format as output format..
- Go back to the main interface and click the big green "Convert" button. Set output directory in the "Save to" box to save output files after converting.
- After that, click the bottom "Convert" button on the sidebar to start to convert media to QuickTime videos.
- After conversion, you could then use QuickTime player to add and play converted media files (now in QuickTime compatible formats).