Play media successfully and without headaches is a basic task of any self-respecting computer, but both macOS and Windows have very basic deficiencies in this regard: in both cases, their native players are very limited, with support for a few formats and almost no extra display options.
To get around the problem, many people resort to players from third parties, such as VLC. But what if you are looking for a slightly more, say, friendly solution or with more playback options? Well, for these and others there is the 5KPlayer for Macs (and PCs), from the developer DearMob.
The utility is a complete player with support for 4K HDR files that promises to basically play anything you play on it – plus some extra features like a basic editor, AirPlay support and advanced controls.
For starters, the player supports a wide range of formats, so you certainly won’t be left empty-handed at any time, even with the most obscure files. We have here support for MKV, M2TS, MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV and other video files, as well as various audio formats such as MP3, AAC, AC3, WMA, FLAC and ALAC. All the most popular compression standards run perfectly on it – and you can still play DVDs, whether you have the drive on your machine or as a peripheral.
We also have hardware acceleration here, for always smooth playback, and the possibility to transmit content by various protocols (AirPlay, M3U8 or DNLA are all available), so that you can play the video in playback for Apple TVs, Android devices, Smart TVs or video game consoles.
You also have fine-tuned playback controls, with the ability to add subtitles, manually configure the aspect ratio, and more. And, as if that weren’t enough, the software also comes with a built-in mini editor for basic adjustments to your video file – you can cut them, change the playback speed, adjust the color balance and much more.
Finally, 5KPlayer also has a tool to record the screen of the iPhone or iPad that is being mirrored to the Mac, as well as a resource to download online videos from all the most popular sites. The coolest thing is that all these features are arranged in a very simple interface, that will not intimidate anyone, even those who do not speak English – since, for now, the application is only available in that language.
5KPlayer can be downloaded for free from its official website, and anyone interested can participate in the official DearMob promotion: simply by downloading the application and entering their email address, you will be able to compete for a series of prizes. We have a Panasonic HC-VX1 camcorder, 30 monthly premiums from YouTube Premium and unlimited 4K Video Converter licenses – yes, just take part in the promotion that you already earn the utility for.
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