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Perian - The ultimate QuickTime playback add-on
Authored by: robg on Oct 18, '06 09:54:47AM

The biggest issue I have with VLC is the UI -- I just don't like how it acts, nor do I like how it butchers some pretty common QT Player features: Fast forward, rewind, drag-to-scroll, etc. all work so poorly in comparison to QuickTime that I simply can't use the VLC player.


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VLC issues
Authored by: SOX on Oct 18, '06 10:12:39AM

VLC is nice. But I'll add to RobG's complaints.
VLC (and Mplayer) is a CPU hog. If your computer is older or doing something else the movies glithc quite a bit

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VLC issues
Authored by: chyna4xena on Oct 18, '06 04:33:43PM

My experience has been that VLC actually plays back MPEG1, MPEG2 and DivX movies with far less CPU consumption than QuickTime with the same videos.

Like most, I find the scrubbing in VLC to be abominable, and cueing and reviewing impossible; but that is offset by using the FF and REV buttons, a single click on these jumping 30 secs forward or backward (a handy feature that QT doesn't have!).

It is true that VLC has been able to play back all the codecs that Perian supports, but Perian has advantages other than just playback - by integrating with QT we can now re-encode those formats (with QTPro) and, importantly, we expose those formats for use with all the programmes that work with or import "any QuickTime-compatible video file" ... which is just about every programme that uses video in some fashion. That's Perian's killer feature.

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