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2020 Top 3 Media Players for macOS 11: Big Sur Free Download

Written by Kaylee Wood | Last update: June 28, 2020 | 4 Min Read

At WWDC 2020, Apple announced the next version of macOS: macOS 11 Big Sur which brings the biggest redesign since the introduction of macOS 10. That means it’s another year to upgrade the OS of your MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, Mac mini and iMac Pro to enjoy everything new. Also, it is another round to switch your media player to a macOS Big Sur compatible one. Thus, this article mainly focuses on showing top 3 media players for macOS Big Sur to play H.264/HEVC 4K, HDR, DVD, 360°, etc videos successfully and smoothly.

No. 3 5KPlayer – Brand-new 4K UHD Video Player for macOS Big Sur

5KPlayer is tailor made for multimedia playback, AirPlay screen mirroring, DLNA media stream, online media download and IPTV live stream. With this five-in-one software, you will have an unprecedented multimedia experience on macOS Big Sur.

5KPlayer for macOS Big Sur

Multimedia supported, play videos up to 4K/8K: Without the need to download external codec pack, 5KPlayer eats SD, HD, UHD and FUHD videos without errors. Powered by Intel QSV, DXVA, AMD & NVIDIA CUDA hardware acceleration technology, this macOS Big Sur video players handles 4K/HEVC/HDR/AV1/360° VR, and even up to H.264 8K very easily. Also as a powerful multimedia player, 5KPlayer plays DVDs, MP4, MKV, MOV, WMV, FLV, MP3, AAC, etc files fluently. By the way, the post processing feature of 5KPlayer allows you to cut videos directly during playback for collecting, sharing or later editing.

AirPlay-enabled, screen mirror iOS to Mac: Supporting Apple’s AirPlay protocol, 5KPlayer helps turn your macOS Big Sur computer into an AirPlay receiver to receive what’s sent from iPhone, iPad and iPod, including videos, movies, music, games, photos, apps, presentations and live streams. With it, you can enjoy everything on 4K/6K Mac and iMac 5K, bigger and funnier. It really is a perfect way for sharing exactly what you want to share with families or friends.

DLNA-compatible, stream videos music to smart TVs: Besides building connection between Apple iOS devices and computer, 5KPlayer also allows for the interoperability of Android devices. Put specifically, 5KPlayer plays as a DLNA controller to help stream movies and music from macOS Big Sur to Android TV, smart TV and other DLNA-certified devices wirelessly. Also, it acts as a DLNA renderer on macOS Big Sur to play videos music beamed from Android phones.

Download online media files: Compatible with 300+ online sites, 5KPlayer supports for download online videos, music and TV shows from YouTube, Dailymotion, Vevo, etc fast and in high quality. Also, it can convert video to MP4 and extract audio from a video.

Stream live channels: What makes this macOS 11 video player superior than others is that it lets you listen to online radio stations and HLS stream M3U8 playlist URLs, IPTV channels and RTSP contents smoothly.

Pros:
No external codec needed. Huge range of file compatibility.
Multifunctional.

Cons:
Doesn’t support plug-ins.

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