Most of the Mac people that I know don’t go out looking for a movie player because Mac OS X bundled with one of the best out there – QuickTime. You can make QuickTime more irreplaceable by perfecting it as described in this article.
But that doesn’t mean that there are no alternatives. But there is only one name that keeps popping up is VLC. The two – QuickTime and VLC – shade other Mac movie players for none of the rest could keep up.
Recently I came across Movist. The developer’s homepage is in Korean – no wonder this app is not widely known, yet. But fret not as language is beginning to lose the role as a barrier. Or better yet, you can view the google code page instead.
This baby is barely a rival for the two giants – as it’s just starting to walk the earth. The latest version of Movist is still 0.6.1 at the time of writing; but most reviews predicted that this is the name that you are going to hear a lot in the future.
Here are few of the many Movist features: adjustable play speed, loop movie within a pre-set range, the ability to play partially downloaded movies, and keyboard shortcuts for almost every action. But the first thing that mad me fall in love for Movist is the great subtitle features (Movist –> Preferences –> Subtitle). Just remember to have the subtitle file ready with the same file name with the movie located inside the same folder.
Another cool thing that I found from Movist is the ability to play a movie as a desktop background (Movie –> Desktop Background or Command + D). This will be useful for example to continuously play your company’s promotional video.
There are a lot more features that you can access through the menus, most have their own set of shortcuts combination – good news for the keyboard people. And don’t forget to also peek into Preferences.
One thing that most people find annoying about Movist is the logo. One reviewer said it’s the rip-off from one alternative to VLC logo. It even has the VLC name carved there. If the developer want to be serious with the app, Movist should have its own logo designed professionally.
Ditch the Rest
The best way to take the most advantage from Movist is to make it the default movie player. Here’s how:
- Open the Finder window and navigate to a certain movie file (mp4, FLV, mov, etc)
- Right click on the file and choose: “Get Info” or simply use Command + I
- Expand the “Open With” section of the file info and choose Movist from the drop down menu.
- Click “Change All” and click “Continue” in the confirmation window.
- Repeat the process for other types of movie file.
Now you can enjoy watching all movies with Movist. Just remember that this one is still in beta, so expect to have few glitches here and there.
Have you tried Movist? Do you have other alternative movie player? Share using the comment below.
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