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pipsqeek
22nd May 2004, 01:04 PM
Its finally out!

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html

Steve

Disko
22nd May 2004, 02:18 PM
what's new in it?

sillydog701
22nd May 2004, 03:47 PM
What is VLC?

Disko
22nd May 2004, 06:03 PM
VLC is one of two of the media players you need on your mac. The other one is mplayer. I have them side by side in my dock. :)

Phillip
22nd May 2004, 07:24 PM
the only reason i don't use them is because;

1) they have bad icons

2) they have a really bad ui

i am too picky, but a program with a bad ui turns me off :(

decryption
22nd May 2004, 08:29 PM
Originally posted by Phillip@May 22 2004, 07:24 PM
the only reason i don't use them is because;

1) they have bad icons

2) they have a really bad ui

i am too picky, but a program with a bad ui turns me off :(
So what do you use to watch DivX or WMV movies?

Phillip
22nd May 2004, 08:37 PM
divx and xvid - quicktime does it fine if u install the codec.

wma - i have a pc right next to me.

sillydog701
22nd May 2004, 09:13 PM
Originally posted by decryption@May 22 2004, 08:29 PM
So what do you use to watch DivX or WMV movies?
DivX? I am still trying to figure out how.

WMV? Windows Media Player (for Mac)

Crambo
22nd May 2004, 10:45 PM
As far as an ugly icon and icon sets go (for files) I think there was a thread over at the MacNN forums with a few, maybe just one person, people working some much nicer icons. It'll be under the OS Customization thread; I can remember seeing it not too long ago so it should be fresh and up the top. I hope that helps the superficial-streak in all of us!

pipsqeek
22nd May 2004, 11:36 PM
VLC is one of the best video players on the Mac.

If you are not happy with its icon then right mouse click (Apple "I") to get info. You will see the icon at the top of the "Get Info" window. Click on it, it will highlight. Copy and paste another picture you would like to make VLC your icon. Close the window, icon should be to your liking.

The UI is functional. There are all the buttons I need, Play, Stop, a progress bar, playlist. Everything else is a bonus.

Its alot like my DVD player. All my mates have fancy expensive shit. I just bung in the DVD, play the movie and go to bed. What more do you need? I'll say iMovie if you want more.

Steve

P.S. Disko, Have not checked what's new with it yet, just say the update as of yesturday, had nt had time to d/load it. But I did today and posted this thread..Will look at the prefs in the next few days to see what's changed. See what new codecs of variations of old codecs it supports. So far each version has been able to play movies the previous version has not been able to....Mind you most of these movies have been porn that mates send me...or I acquire when there is time for it. And why not....its every males sexual education...that is why I tell my wife I'm so damn good at what I do :) :) :)

cyaz

Disko
23rd May 2004, 01:04 AM
Originally posted by Crambo@May 22 2004, 10:15 PM
As far as an ugly icon and icon sets go (for files) I think there was a thread over at the MacNN forums with a few, maybe just one person, people working some much nicer icons.
http://xicons.com/details/999.html

There are a few icons for VLC

elvis
31st May 2004, 09:20 PM
The point of Video Lan Client is that you can set up a "server" that holds the DVD/media file/whatever in one location, and the client on another machine in another location.

Example: I have my Mac in my office, DVD/movie in drive. I set up the VideoLan server on that machine.

In my living room, I have a cut down PC running Linux. It can play the information from the DVD in my Mac, streamed over the network, to my TV. No need for a noisey drive, or big hard disk!

Another possibility is say I'm at an event where I need to make a presentation. I can set up a dozen televisions all with small PCs or laptops connected. I set up one server running the VideoLan server, and all of the dozen TVs connected to other PCs play the same file simultanously. Instant mass broadcast over ethernet or wireless (Apple AirPort for you Apple fans :) )!

And another:

Say I have 9 TVs stacked up in a 3x3 grid. I can use the Video Lan Client plugin options to configure a "Video Wall". From a central VideoLan server running a DVD/divx/movie/etc, I stream the information out. The clients all pick up the information, and work out which part of the video they must play to take part in the video wall! Instant giant screen effect!

VLC has almost unlimited options and features that can be accomplished. It is far more than JUST a movie player.

And by the way: the GUI doesn't suck. It is cut down and minimalistic. In my book, that makes it better than the alternative which is bloated, annoying, and packed so full of useless features that it becomes a hindrance and an eyesore.

And the best feature of all? VideoLan bypasses all Macromedia and CSS encryption. This is perfectly legal to do in EVERY COUNTRY OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES! That's right folks, crappy US copyright laws and DMCA's don't apply in this country! (nor France, which is where VLC is made). :)

Here endeth the lesson.

kim jong il
1st June 2004, 12:13 PM
An initial review of VLC 0.7.2, especially for the interface/GUI NAZI's.

VLC now sports, in it's default skin, a funky new, brushed metal OS X style, minimalistic iTunes style control panel. Very attractive. That's it for you guys, now on to business.

EDIT: the notes below apply to it's use as a simple player on an isolated machine. Obviously, as described above, it is far more powerful and versatile than this. What follows can only be described as one persons point of view on an imac DV450 where playback does consume all available processing power. (on just about any G4 it should be flawless)

On a low end G3 450 small windows are the answer, then it's very good. Obviously much nicer on G4's (on the imac G3 450, the warning panel telling you it's dropping frames causes freezes, during the panel update that is. I wan't to turn off the warning, then it will give me back the frames hopefully). Overall, I reckon it's pretty good really.

cheers, kim

kim jong il
1st June 2004, 12:38 PM
Originally posted by sillydog701+May 22 2004, 09:13 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (sillydog701 &#064; May 22 2004, 09:13 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'><!--QuoteBegin-decryption@May 22 2004, 08:29 PM
So what do you use to watch DivX or WMV movies?
DivX? I am still trying to figure out how.

WMV? Windows Media Player (for Mac)[/b][/quote]
I&#39;m guessing you know about google? Well, avi mac, divx mac, ac3 codec (possible ffmpeg as well) and...urghh windows media video mac (.wmv suffix)(mac/macintosh/apple) as search terms will get you just about everything, I reckon, to get you up and happening.

Use bittorrent? get up to date with what&#39;s happening with the shows we DON&#39;T get to see here. Check it out (copyright applies to much of this material, same as music &#39;sharing&#39; so be warned)

kim

Byrd
1st June 2004, 10:17 PM
Originally posted by kim jong il@Jun 1 2004, 12:13 PM
(on the imac G3 450, the warning panel telling you it&#39;s dropping frames causes freezes, during the panel update that is. I wan&#39;t to turn off the warning, then it will give me back the frames hopefully)
Gday Kim,

you can turn off these annoying messages by going to Preferences>(check the &#39;advanced&#39; box)>Interface>check &#39;be quiet&#39;.

Even having some success with DivX files and an iBook 300 @ 366Mhz; most movies play perfectly apart from heavy action scenes. Kim I tried Mplayer OS X which you said you had good success on your iMac 450, but it was terrible on the above machine. Is Cellulo + FFMPEG codec worth trying?

JB

kim jong il
2nd June 2004, 08:46 AM
Firstly, rendering on any low end G3 during action scenes is probably going to be pretty ordinary. Secondly, cellulo and other players/codec installers? its just a matter of not believing that the installer always knows where to place the codecs. That&#39;s what happened to me anyway. Fine user/library/quicktime? mistake. root/system/library/quicktime. I found that certain codecs, simply did not &#39;seem&#39; to function in the user directory, at all, really. I chucked &#39;em in just about everywhere i could think, when I started :blink:

thanks for the tip BTW

cheers, kim

Byrd
2nd June 2004, 10:23 PM
I suppose what disappoints me a little bit with DivX playback on low-end G3s (I&#39;m even talking about beige G3&#39;s here) is that a P2-233 @ 292 machine I recently built quickly for a friend ran standard 640 x 3?? resolution movies perfectly, under WMP8 and Windows 98SE.

Makes you think that there is still a fair bit of tweaking required for developing Mac DivX codecs, although while VLC gives the best results for such low-end G3s, just wish my beautiful iBook could handle them a bit better&#33;

JB