VLC media player, shorted as VLC, is one of the most popular media players around the world. It is distinguished for being an open source player available in every platform, including Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS and Android. Because it is open source, there’s no need to worry about the copyright of using this software privately or in public. Nearly every move you need for a video playback is supported in VLC. Then why need an alternative to VLC since it seems so mighty?
Still a lot of people are not fond of VLC because of a variety of factors. VLC runs pretty well on Windows computer, but it may not be practically useful on Mac computer, like the latest version of VLC cannot be installed on Mac OS X Lion (10.7) and lower. Even on Windows, the circumstances of each computer is different, there are the cases that VLC just does not work properly. In this article you will find the VLC alternative – 5KPlayer reviewed from basic to advanced.
5KPlayer with the first release of 5KPlayer in early 2015 for Mac users, is very much young compared with VLC though, it is quite stylish and modern. It’s more than a UHD video player, it is also a music, radio and DVD player, an online downloader, a DLNA video music streamer, as well as iPhone iPad screen mirroring recorder.
Built with a robust codec in 5KPlayer, it plays almost any format of video ranging from mainstream MP4, AVI, MKV, MOV, FLV, Webm to barely-known TP, YUV, F4V, etc. And it deals movies in SD, HD, UHD forms. By the way, 360 degree videos are also in the media coverage that 5KPlayer is capable of playing.
Furthermore, 5KPlayer can play music in MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, M4A, FLAC, ALAC etc., and DVD, ISO image, as well as satellite radios such as BBC, ABC, Kiss FM, Heart, etc. With a wider support of video music playback, 5KPlayer is a pretty good alternative to VLC.
Usually the file is associated with 5KPlayer icon, you can double click to open it. If it is not associated, just drag & drop to 5KPlayer for playback. When you feel that you don’t need file associate as many people do, right click on the main UI of 5KPlayer and choose “File format association” to undo them.
More Traits – Stream, Download
When you are not satisfied with the enjoyment on your computer, 5KPlayer connect it with phone and Smart TV. 5KPlayer is a combination of DLNA renderer, DLNA service & DLNA controller that allows you to receive the beamed video music from Android phones, stream from computer to Smart TV and access local shared media from DLNA devices.
AirPlay on 5KPlayer makes you mirror iPhone iPad screen to Windows/Mac, and also record the mirroring screen on computer.
To extend the media library, 5KPlayer is able to download online video for offline playback as VLC, while VLC always fails to analyze the video URL. Thanks to the frequently updated Dynamic URL Analyzer, it can grab the latest uploaded videos easily in just a “copy & paste” action.
5KPlayer is one of the best VLC alternatives to play movie videos on computer, especially on Mac computer. There are more features hide under the interface, give it a try and you will find out the surprises. 5KPlayer is free of use in both platform. Free download it on the official page.