VLC versus Perian

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  1. ewe_17

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    Which is better on SL? Can I just install both? Thanks.
     
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    perian is a codec for quicktime, so you can play more video types right within quicktime x
    while vlc is a completely separate media player.

    i prefer perian because i don't like having multiple media players. i stick with apple software hehe. just me.
     
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    The video quality is also better in quicktime with perian... but the volume / sound is louder in VLC :) I have both plus flip4mac.
     
  4. PatrickGaerlan

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    @ewe_17, go ahead and install both, no issues. I usually open the AVI/DivX files in VLC, everything else in QuickTime.

    @miesha, use the shift-up arrow trick to increase QuickTime's maximum volume. While a movie is playing, hit shift-up arrow several times to boost the max volume.
     
  5. Shinrai

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    VLC stutters sometimes and especially when I'm running another intensive app like when doing media conversion. I tried Quicktime with Perian instead [actually it was fullscreen Quicklook] and the video played with no issues. I still keep VLC though for playing other formats like flv or if I need a volume boost.
     
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    Unfortunately shift-up arrow does not work anymore for the new quicktime player in SL :(
     
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    Have you increased the buffer for VLC?
     
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    i just tried it now... shift + up/down arrow keys still works in quicktime X :)
     
  9. ewe_17

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    whoa! thanks everyone! I'll just install both! :) am learning from all of you.. I heart philmug! ;)
     
  10. Shinrai

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    Tried that already. Anyway, it's not a big issue since I use Plex for viewing most of the time anyway.
     
  11. ewe_17

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    Is Plex better than Front Row?
     
  12. Shinrai

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    Plex has more info and eye candy but it does consume a lot of CPU cycles. What I like is that it remembers what I've watched already and auto-sorts my videos plus I can turn off fullscreen if I need to work on something else for a bit.

    Supports video info scraping like movie posters, cast, credits, dvd cover art, etc. Also, supports the Apple Remote, which I really like.
     
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    ^ hmm. sounds cool. will try that. thanks!
     
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    Front Row works best with iTunes. Quite a bit of setting up but it's a one time pain. The result makes it all worthwhile.
     
  15. Kryptonian

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    I use VLC for:
    - louder sounds unlike Quicktime X
    - Float on Top
    - when I am watching videos while doing other things
    - I like the animation of half windows size and normal window size hehe

    I use Quicktime X:
    - If I want to watch a video on fullscreen
    - I like the fast forward
     
  16. PatrickGaerlan

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    @marknt15, just wondering, why not stick with VLC when you want fullscreen?
     
  17. Kryptonian

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    I can also do that but I want to use quicktime X with its fast forward functionality.
    Furthermore, I think that quicktime X's display is more cooler than VLC. Not a big deal though :)
     
  18. PatrickGaerlan

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    Yah, I like QT X's control interface better too ;)
     

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