Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Best MP4 Players to Play MP4 Files in Windows/Mac

This article mainly discusses convert all kinds of MP4 files to play on Windows/Mac without limitation.

MP4 as the most popular container formats for smartphones and tablets. Now you may have got many MP4 files on your computer and want to play MP4 in Windows Media Player or QuickTime Player. However,due to codec issue, you will find that MP4 files are not supported by Windows Media Player by default and apple products like QuickTime Mac is unable to play MP4 format especially when users to upgrade their Macs to Mountain Lion or Lion. 

In order to make MP4 files working perfectly on Windows and Mac, you may try some effective workarounds. As your player cannot find a suitable decoder for the mp4 file, you may try to download an appropriate codec like MP4 Splitter or Elecard MPEG-4 Codec Pack to playback mp4 format. Otherwise, you can take a look at the top 3 reliable and accessible MP4 players for Windows and Mac listed as below, and choose the best one for MP4 video playback.

Top 3 MP4 Players for Windows:

1. Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate

Supported OS: Windows 2003/XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1 

Best integration of a blu-ray ripper, a dvd ripper, and a video converter to quickly complete BD/DVD to video and video to video conversion. Most important it has a built-in player to preview you loaded mp4 videos before conversion.

2. VLC Player

Supported OS: Windows 8/7/XP/Vista/2000

VLC is an open source video player that does bring a lot to the table, as it allows you to listen to radios, watch movies and it even plays streams, webcams or disks. It's the perfect tool for the MP4 format as it can be accessed on all important platforms such as Windows, Mac and Linux. It doesn't require the installation of any codec pack as well, but it does provide complete support for tons of media formats, which surely make it the perfect video and audio player you can find on the market. It's also available as a free of charge solution.

3. GOM PlayerSupported OS: Windows 8/7/XP/Vista/2000

Gom Media Player is a free video player. It has a wide range of built-in codec so it can recognize all regular video and audio formats, including but not limited to AVI files, RealMedia files, Quicktime files and MP4 among other types. 

Top 3 MP4 Players for Mac

1. Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac

Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, Snow Leopard10.6, Leopard 10.5 

An all-in-one solution to backup BD & DVD, rip BD/DVD, and convert video footages to any popular video/audio format. Besides that, it has a built-in player to preview your mp4 video before conversion.

2. MPEG Streamclip

Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later 

MPEG Streamclip is a powerful free video converter, lightweight MP4 player, editor for Mac and Windows.  Any people can get MPEG Streamclip Mac for totally free. It offers great file conversion features, which make the whole process very simple as well. Operations such as joining, trimming or rotating the video can easily be done with the MPEG Streamclip application.  

More features:

-  Manage audio track

-  Work as a recorder

-  Preview all frames

-  Modify the aspect ratio

-  Work with frames

3. MPlayerX

Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later 

MPlayerX is an open-source project which aims to be the most powerful, beautiful, easy to use multimedia player on Mac OS X. It is able to decode almost any file format on your computer. Additionally, MPlayer is inspired by QuickTime Player X, with a black interface and in-frame minimal controls. All of this helps users to focus on the contents, rather than software itself.

- Play almost any format of file or stream.

- Multi-touch. Control the player with your fingers.

- Intelligently detecting the encoding of the subtitles. No need for encoding conversion.

- Direct pass through. Connect, play, enjoy your home theater.

- Multi-monitor support. Wanna work while watching your collection? just drag and F.

- Apple Remote support. Watch your favorites in sofa, more comfortable.

-Automatically find the next episode. Enjoy the whole afternoon, with just one click.

- Forget where you stopped playing last time? MPlayerX won't.

- Youtube.com support: MPlayerX could stream youtube audio and video. Just input the URL of the webpage in youtube.com which you may find in the address bar of the web browser, MPlayerX will play it for you seamlessly.

So how can we easily play MP4 Files in Windows/Mac with MP4 Players alternative?

The mp4 players above are a powerful media player for viewing movies or videos on Windows and Mac. While, I find problems with low video quality or incapability of mp4 video playback with some players, and I will meet crashing issues when watching.

An quick workaround I find to solve the issues is to convert the MP4 to common formats (like AVI, MOV, MPEG, WMV, etc) to fit the local media player with Video Converter Ultimate from Pavtube. If you are Windows users, you can try iMedia Converter for Mac. Both are 20% off now on New Site Special.

Below is easy steps for you, you can convert mp4 files to compatible formats for watching on Win/Mac. 

Step 1: Add mp4 video files

Run Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate, and then click "Add Video" add to import the mp4 video files to the converter.


Step 2: Choose output format to fit your media player.

In “Format” drop down list box, you may select best video format for plaing.

For example,

You can choose "WMV HD(*.wmv)" from "HD Video" for Windows Media Player.

And select "MOV - QuickTime(*.mov)" from "Common Video" for QuickTime Player.


Step 3: Start Convert

Click “Convert” in the main interface to start transcoding mp4 videos.

After conversion, you can use converted MP4 files for playback easiliy and smoothly on your media player. Now choose the best method to play .mp4 extension video files on PC and Mac!

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