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Hello,

What is the easiest way to play MKV video files on a Mac? Can this be done without using VLC media player?

Also, what is the easiest way to play FLAC, WV, OGG audio on a Mac?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
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Perian and Flip4Mac are the two QT plugins I use and they pretty much play everything.

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PLEX will do all and more, and is by far my favorite.
Yes, it's a little resource heavy, but it needs to be to cope with MKV.
It's free, and not used by enough people IMO.
Works nicely with the Apple remote too, and has an app to go with it.

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Perian and Flip4Mac are the two QT plugins I use and they pretty much play everything.

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I have them installed on my Mac but they can't play mkv files. They can play everything else.
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I have them installed on my Mac but they can't play mkv files. They can play everything else.
Give this a read. MKV format, How to play MKV files on Mac?
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So ignoring Plex then? Sheesh.

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I have them installed on my Mac but they can't play mkv files. They can play everything else.
I realize that much, but you did ask for how to play all those other files as well.

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Just curious as to why you wont install vlc? it will play your mkv files no problem
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This may be a stupid query (Mac noob, still haven't gotten my Mac yet), but reading this seems to imply to me that there are stand-alone Mac players that play video without using iTunes?

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against iTunes, it makes managing my iPod easy as snot, but I don't want to play my vidoes through it.

May I also assume that, if I have a stand-alone player that my Mac will remember this and if I download a video, it will "always play with" this player?

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This may be a stupid query (Mac noob, still haven't gotten my Mac yet), but reading this seems to imply to me that there are stand-alone Mac players that play video without using iTunes?
There's Quicktime built in already that's standalone or you can download VLC.

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Anyway, is there a way to play FLAC, WV, OGG audio files other than playing it in VLC? Some tweak/workaround for iTunes?
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Anyway, is there a way to play FLAC, WV, OGG audio files other than playing it in VLC? Some tweak/workaround for iTunes?
What's wrong with VLC?

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Anyway, is there a way to play FLAC, WV, OGG audio files other than playing it in VLC? Some tweak/workaround for iTunes?
Yes, PLEX. *slaps head in disbelief*

Or if you are ignoring the video aspect, Cog, which is light on usage and free too.
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Yes, PLEX. *slaps head in disbelief*

Or if you are ignoring the video aspect, Cog, which is light on usage and free too.
Honestly sometimes I don't know why I bother......
OK, I'll give PLEX a try. I hated VLC in Windows and don't want to bring it to my Mac.
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