When you’re trying to play Media from your Mac computer, it never feels like you have enough options at your disposal. That might change for Mac users that are ready to give Elmedia Player a shot. For those that aren’t familiar with the product, we’re talking about a free Mac software that is able to play media of all kinds and provide a slew of important features in the process. It comes in both a free and paid or Pro version, and we’re going to look at each of them next.
Elmedia Player Free
In its free form, the software provides a wide range of features that make it a must-have in terms of Mac software. There’s nothing worse than not being able to access a specific file format with the software you have, thus forcing you to look for additional software before you can enjoy the content. That’s probably never going to be the case here, as Elmedia provides a long list of supported formats.
Here is a sample of formats supported by Elmedia Player. The software grants users access to a huge format library, making any kind of multimedia file accessible and conveniently available to the user.
Elmedia Player makes streaming content easy and users can enjoy content from their favorite platforms, such as YouTube or Vimeo. The content is played directly in the app, which means that users skip the hassle of opening the browser and consuming resources on running the browser as well.
Elmedia Player comes with a toolkit that allows users to control the very flow of how a video runs within the software. Users can easily pause, stop, play, rotate, flip, slow or speed up videos , with easy, visible commands. Even the scale of a video can be altered, in order to better suit the user’s needs.
The software also allows users to build their own collections. Thanks to the many audio formats supported, users can store their favorite songs, artists, albums and playlists within Elmedia Player, making it great for keeping your music collection organized.
The media players can be manipulated so that it is always visible and never blocked by other apps or system features. Its window can be pinned on top of others and the playback can be excluded from triggering screensavers. This makes it very easy to enjoy any type of media content without interruptions or inconveniences.
Elmedia Player PRO and what the paid version offers
The Free version is great and it gives users access to plenty features and options. However, the PRO version does an excellent job of giving users features and options they didn’t realize they were lacking before. As complete as the Free version might seem, Elmedia Player’s paid iteration takes everything to the next level and opens up numerous options of customization for each of its existing features.
Media playlists suddenly allow for intricate customization and management, and sound options are enriched with a plethora of choices ranging from audio channel management to surround sound enhancement.
Playback options also get a boost, now allowing for more customization such as setting the brightness and saturation levels and tending to the most in depth aspects of what is played on-screen.
The browser media player
The PRO version transforms the media player into a fully fledged browser. You can browse the web directly from the app’s window, and you have all the management options of a self-sustained browser such as downloading or streaming content to and from your Mac. Both video and audio can be extracted and downloaded locally, making for a great feature.
The AirPlay feature
The Pro version also transforms the app into a competent AirPlay tool, which can be used to receive and send content. In its Pro form, Elmedia Player is capable of sharing and streaming on AppleTV units, making it a great tool for anyone looking to watch videos on their AppleTV more conveniently. There are multiple formats supported, such as 3GP, AVI or FLV, even MKV. The best part however is that they can be streamed without the need for conversion. When streaming from YouTube however, which is also possible, those formats are unfortunately not supported natively, which might present a slight inconvenience for some. For YouTube stuff, MP4 is your go-to format.
Content can be streamed with both embedded subtitles and adjacent subtitle files, making it a pretty reliable way of catching up on your favorite shows or enjoying your favorite videos.
Overall, Elmedia Player is a great media player for Mac, and it does a fantastic job in outlining the differences between the free and paid versions. At the same time however, it gives you plenty of reasons to go with both, meaning that there is a clear consumer base for both iterations, and you don’t ever feel pressured to upgrade. You can keep using the free version until you decide you need those extra, valuable features.
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