Originally Posted by Haydn
Yeh but I dont like winamp :P
does winamp play .mov or .rm files ? (without installing realplayer or quicktime)
For Real media files I use RealAlternative which seems to by and large work great, seems to have a small, unleaky footprint -- and DOES NOT SPY ON YOU (unlike some Real media players from... well... the 'real deal.')
I'd heard good things about Quicktime Alternative -- but IT requires you to uninstall Apple Quicktime and I -- extremely unfortunately -- need Quicktime Pro to deal with the output of my cam.
I was AMAZED to find I couldn't play "Mp4" files in the version of QT Pro I paid $30 bucks for a year or a little more ago -- esp. since Apple was hyping it (v 6.5) as the 'pathway' to Mp4.
But I kept hitting the Update utility and would go check and come back and tell me I was up to date and had all the codecs.
THEN I realized there was a NEW version of QT out (7) and you need IT to play Mp4s.
But to upgrade from 6.5 to 7 would cost me FULL PRICE (!!!). And you can't install the free/nagware limited QT player WITHOUT uninstalling QT Pro.
[NOW, of course, I find out that all versions of Quicktime on both Mac and Windows has a serious security flaw (similar to the ones fixed in WMP and WinAmp a year or more ago) so I really have to watch out for QT media! And -- of course -- QT is so intrustive that it keeps trying to 'grab' media file associations -- I finally had to go into the damn registry and pull out the crap it keeps putting in. IT IS TRULY GARBAGEWARE.]
So I was DELIGHTED to find that VLC media player plays mp4 and other "QT" media really well and has far more playback controls than the crappy QT Pro. (Which, unfortunately, I still need.) Happily, VLC does NOT force you to remove old QT players.