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Top 4 Free HD Video Players for Mac El Capitan

Apparently, QuickTime is not the best HD video player for Mac El Capitan, otherwise you won't be on this page searching for top HD media players for Mac (El Capitan). Here we guarantee you to find below the best free HD media player to play high res videos in whatever formats you like.

First-rate 4K HD Video Player for Mac El Capitan

5KPlayer is one of the best 4K HD video players for Mac El Capitan (OS X 10.11.4 and before) and all the other operating systems with the ability to read up to 4K/8K res videos in almost any existing format including MKV, FLV, etc. Download 5KPlayer to give your eyes a blow.

Best 4K HD Video Player for Mac

Mac built-in HD media player Quick Time can only open several HD media files such as MP4, MOV, M4V etc, and surely cannot play files in WMV, MKV, DIVx, FLV, .rm, .rmvb,. See the complete format supported by QT below.

Types of File QT Supports
Video Formats MOV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, 3GPP, 3GPP2, JPEG, DV, Motion JPEG, AVI, MQV, H.264
Audio Formats AIFF/AIFC, Audio CD, CAF, MOV, MPEG-4, AU, WAV, iTunes audio
Still-image Formats BMP, GIF, JPEG/JFIF, JPEG 2000, PDF, MacPaint, PICT, PNG, Photoshop (including layers), SGI, Targa, FlashPix (including layers), TIFF (including layers)
Still-image Formats Animated GIF, FLC, Flash, PICS
Other Formats KAR, MIDI, QuickDraw GX, QuickTime Image File, QuickTime VR, Text

And the worst part is that you have to pay. If you want to play HD movies in MPEG-2, you'll even have to purchase QT MPEG-2 Playback Component sold separately at the App store. And QuickTime 7 and the QuickTime Pro upgrade are not free of charge. That's damn crazy to spend money on just playing MPEG-2 and for other functions. Therefore, here, we'll list 4 most recommended robust and popular HD media players for your Mac Yosemite and El Capitan (OS X 10.11.4 and before) to play almost any file format.

No. 1 4K HD Video Player for Mac El Capitan 5KPlayer

No. 1 Best HD Video Player for Mac El Capitan – 5KPlayer

Second to none media player on earth, 5KPlayer is 4K/8K Dedicated Ultra HD Media Player for Mac on any OS (OS X 10.11.4 and before) to read almost all file formats, including H.264/H.265, VP9 .rm, .rmvb, FLV, MKV, WMV, DIVx, etc. It mainly features three parts –HD/UHD/FUHD playback, video music free download and AirPlay. And for each feature respectively, 5KPlayer shines at fast and powerful 4K/8K decoding and rendering ability with 7 surround sound support, swift and 100% clean downloading function with rich video/music sources provided, and the support for AirPlay that has drawn Windows PC(Windows 10/8)/Surface Book/Surface Pro into the ecosystem of Apple AirPlay wireless streaming. All these mean that if you get a 5KPlayer for HD video playback on Mac, you are actually getting a HD video player plus a HD video downloader plus a HD video streamer for your Mac El Capitan.

Best HD Media Players for Mac El Capitan

No. 2 Best HD Video Player for Mac El Capitan – VLC

Since VLC supports HD file formats like HEVC, H.264, VP8 and its night version claiming to play partial Blu-ray discs, it is surely a good HD video player for Mac El Capitan. But compared with other HD media players for Mac, VLC is actually rather famous for its versatile HD video editing function since it is highly customizable. This open source media player can be greatly trusted by all video editors who seek for free editing service. And for HD/FUHD video viewers who are pursuing full-fledged HD video players with sleek interface that provide smooth playback, jaw-dropping images and shocking sound effect, you may want to skip this and look away. Refer to the following articles in case you meet any VLC not working problems:

No.3 Best HD Video Player for Mac El Capitan – DivX

Divx player is a simple and lovely HD video player for Mac El Capitan. And there are basically two highlights of Divx. First, It features HD 4K playback and is optimized for movies, TV shows and web videos in most popular formats, including AVI, DIVX, MKV, MP4 and more. Second, Its streaming feature also allows you to stream videos, music and photos to any DLNA-compatible device –PS3, Xbox, Chromecast, etc. The free version you downloaded cannot be upgraded for free. They will have to pay for upgrade and the endless ads on the screen are really annoying.

No.4 Best HD Video Player for Mac El Capitan – MPlayerX

Offering free HEVC H.264 playback and support for MKV/M4V/AVI etc, MplayerX is actually having issues with El Capitan. The highlight of this Mac HD media player is that it can fuse with your MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air perfectly. You can control the playback by pinching, tapping or swipe on the touchpad of the laptop. MplayerX will always follow your gestures. MplayerX can also output raw DTS/AC3 stream to your TV with SPDIF cable plugged-in, which can be one of many ways to build a home theater. But be aware that MplayerX adware behaves like malware that tricks to foil analysis. Therefore, you may want to check that out before installation.

With the above free Mac HD video players listed, you can now pick one that best suits your appetite considering image quality, sound effect and file format support etc.

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