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whats the best 1080p video player on Mac


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My new iMac is having trouble playing 1080 HD videos,I tried VLC,Quicktime w Perian and even Plex that pple says is the best...when i tried to play 1080p videos its all chopped images and very slow..Seema like 720 works better but not perfect...is driving me nuts cause i can see any movies...any help please
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How much RAM do you have, and what processor?

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Have the current new iMac Processor 3.06GHz Memory 4GB 1067 MHz RAM
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Tons of power there then, but a bit of googling lead me to this article:

1080p MKV playback on Mac OS X (VLC)

You haven't said what file type you are trying to play, but this should help. It seems it's a software issue.

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I already googled that and found that page,did that on VLC but still no luck,Seems like Flex is the best.. Files are mkv.. All this sucks.. Will true another mkv 1080 movie..maybe it's a bad file.. Flex don't give me any option that I can move forward like VLC or QT.. Don't know how to use it
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Ok. I'll have a search around too, and try some mkv on my lower powered iMac.

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Have you tried Perian for Quicktime?

Perian - The swiss-army knife of QuickTime components

Seems to support .mkv, so worth a try.

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Actually, Plex has a lot of control for moving around in a video - but you either need to know the keyboard commands or have a remote - here's a reference for the keyboard commands:

Keyboard - Plex

What kind of bitrate is that 1080p file? Usually I play 720p (I play on a Mac Mini connected to my TV, and it's a lot less power then your iMac, so I know 720p files should play perfectly smooth on it) files that are around 5-6mbps bitrates and I haven't had any problems with stuttering in VLC or Plex.

What else do you have running on your system? Have you tried transcoding the files into a different bitrate/resolution/container that has better apple support?

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Well if my iMac has 1080 video i think it shouldnt be a problem,and yes,I have Perian for Quicktime,seems like Quicktime is the worst to play,Plex is the best but not 100% still have problem with pixelation..I think it should be better players for Mac
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