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Current Version: 1.0rc2 (April 16, 2009) / "Extended" Revision 13 (February 1, 2010)

MPlayer is an incredibly useful video player that enables you to view files that are otherwise unviewable on your Mac. MPlayer plays most MPEG, VOB, AVI, OGG/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, FLI, RM, NuppelVideo, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA files, supported by many native, XAnim, and Win32 DLL codecs. You can watch VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, DivX 3/4/5 and even WMV movies, too (without the avifile library).

The latest release is the fourth release available as a Universal Binary, running natively on Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs. This release also makes a positively huge number of improvements, which are fully detailed in the online release notes.

Please note that the future of MPlayer for Mac OS X seems to be in the MPlayer OSX Extended project, which sees much more frequent updates than the base application. The latest version of MPlayer OS X Extended has been linked for convenient download below.

MPlayer OS X Extended Revision 13 adds/changes the following:

  • Major changes:
  • Redesigned preferences window
  • MPlayer binary bundles
  • Interactive audio and video equalizers
  • New inspector window
  • Redesigned player window (by Nick Saia)
  • Support for multiple player instances
  • Smaller changes:
  • Custom screenshot save location
  • OSD level and subtitle scale now apply immediately
  • Better custom aspect ratio support
  • Audio equalizer presets
  • Per-file settings in the inspector including audio and subtitle delay
  • Added and fixed framestep function
  • Added loop option
  • Faster adding of files to the playlist
  • Added recent files menu
  • Fix old Apple Remote on Snow Leopard and add support for new one
  • Added support for selecting vob subtitles
  • Clicking on timestamps will cycle the displayed time mode
  • Improved support for VIDEO_TS folders
  • Improved detection of initial streams
  • Fixes:
  • Many playlist fixes
  • Fix garbled MPEG1/2 playback
  • Fix video view related crashed
  • The player window is hidden if it's on the same screen that is used for fullscreen
  • Removed in this release:
  • Video output selection (internal is the only option now)
  • ASS subtitles are always enabled
  • Skip loopfilter and fast options have been merged
  • The MPlayer config file in ~/.mplayer will now longer be loaded

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