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    Media playback in Mac OS X
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by schweb View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by chomper View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by chomper View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Phacade View Post
    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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    You know what? It seems like every bad Mac phobia or horror story that kept me from switching YEARS AGO is turning out to be bunk. I simply cannot wait to get my Mac! Thank you so much.
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by chomper View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by chomper View Post
    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.
    Honestly sometimes I don't know why I bother......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevriano View Post
    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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