Movies files come in various formats. AVI, MPG, and MP4 are just some of the more popular format that you can play on a Windows PC or on a Mac.
VLC can play just any video file type you throw at it.
On Mac OS X, there is a preinstalled Quicktime Player which can be used to play Quicktime video, AIFF, WAV, DV-DIF, MP3, and MPEG. It does not, by default, play AVI, DivX, Flash Video, and other file types, though that can be remedied by installing plugins such as Perian, which is free and open source.
Apple’s default player for OS X has also been available for Windows for two decades now.
Since I started using Mac OS X, the VLC became my favorite app for playing videos, and I’ll tell you why.
More after the jump.