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Top Media Players for Windows/Mac Review: 5KPlayer vs. VLC Media Player

Wiser choices are made through comparison. Therefore, to choose between the most powerful media players for both Mac/Windows -5KPlayer vs. VLC media player, we present an authentic comparison ever for you to weigh their features and functionalities.

5KPlayer vs. VLC Media Player

By comparing 5KPlayer to VLC media player, you can deepen your knowledge about these two free media players and end up with a more convincing and satisfactory choice. You can also download both 5KPlayer and VLC for a comparison yourself.

5KPlayer vs. VLC Player

As these two media players are free, the biggest concern of us users will be focused on performances and design. Now let's sort them out one by one.

1. 5KPlayer vs. VLC: Appearance Design (icon; interface)

5KPlayer unites beauty and intelligence. So if you are looking for elegance and beauty in these two media players in terms of icon and UI, we suggest 5KPlayer rather than VLC. By viewing from the screen captures below, it's obvious that 5Kplayer has got a more cutting-edge and sleek design catering to contemporary aesthetics than VLC. And in whatever playing mode, 5KPlayer can hide its outline frame(see the playing UI). Although VLC offers a lot of cool skins, buggy skin quirks pop up many a time. Also, those skins do not work on Mac OSX and they are not in-built options for Windows, meaning you will have to download them first.

5KPlayer vs. VLC Media Player UI of 5KPlayer
5KPlayer vs. VLC Media Player UI of 5KPlayer

2. 5KPlayer vs. VLC: Video Playback Ability;

Video/Audio Format Support:

Generally, both 5KPlayer and VLC can support a good many of file formats and partial Blu-ray videos. Different from VLC, 5KPlayer is apparently more dedicated to HD/UHD video formats. Refer to the supported format list below:

5KPlayer supported video formats (incomplete):

High Definition Video: AVCHD Video (*.mts, *.m2ts), H.264/H.265/MPEG-4 AVC (*.mp4), MPEG2 HD Video (*.mpg; *.mpeg), MPEG-4 TS HD Video (*.ts), MPEG-2 TS HD Video (*.ts), Quick Time HD Video (*.mov), WMV HD Video (*.wmv, *.xwmv), Blu-ray Video (*.mts, *.m2ts), HDTV Video (*.ts), Matroska Video (*.mkv)

HD-Camcorder Video: JVC HD camcorder Video (*.mod, *.tod), Sony HD camcorder Video (*.mts, *.m2ts), Panasonic & Canon HD camcorder Video

Regular Video: AVI, MPEG, WMV, MP4, FLV, F4V, H.264/MPEG-4, DivX, XviD, MOV, RM, RMVB, VOB, ASF, 3GP, 3G2, QT, DAT, Google TV, WebM, DV, Vpx 8, G2M4, iCod, YUV411, mp2v, MXF

Website Video: YouTube (FLV/MP4/Webm/VP3/VP5/VP6/VP9) SD/HD/4K Videos

Audio Formats: AAC, AC3, ALAC, AMR, DTS, DV Audio, XM, FLAC, etc.

5KPlayer vs. VLC Media Player UI of 5KPlayer

VLC supported video formats (incomplete):

Input Video Formats:
H.261/H.263/H.263i, H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC, Cinepak, Theora, Dirac /VC-2, MJPEG (A/B), WMV 1/2, WMV 3 / WMV-9 / VC-1 1s, Sorenson 1/3(Quicktime), DV (Digital Video), On2 VP3/VP5/VP6, Indeo Video v3(IV32), Real Video 1/2, Real Video 3/4

Audio Formats:
AAC, AC3, ALAC, AMR, DTS, DV Audio, XM, FLAC, etc.

Container Formats:
3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, MIDI, QuickTime, MP4, Ogg, OGM, WAV, MPEG-2, AIFF, Raw audio, Raw DV, MXF, VOB, RM, DVD-Video, VCD, SVCD, CD Audio, DVB

Output Video Formats:
H.263, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, MJPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, Theora, DV, Dirac

5KPlayer vs. VLC Media Player UI of VLC

Image Rendering Ability:

Although both 5KPlayer and VLC support H265/H264, 5KPlayer surpasses VLC by providing smoother H.265 playback effect, meaning 5KPlayer deals with 4K and even the highest res -8K video without glitches at all. As its name suggests, 5KPlayer endeavors to offer the world-class visual experience through constant research in image restoring and rendering function. It is now capable of playing 4K/8K videos, playing 3D videos, restoring overexposed white images, and featuring high playback qualities optimized specifically for retina displays. VLC, however, usually encounters "not working problems" and H.265 decoding issues.

CPU Occupation and Consumption:

After installing and running both 5KPlayer & VLC on Windows/Mac, it seems that 5KPlayer is a bit more CPU friendly than VLC. When playing HD(1080p) videos with PC (Pentium E5300 @ 2.60GHz/Intel G41 Express Chipset), the average CPU usage of VLC is about 44% while the average CPU usage of 5KPlayer is around 36%, which indicates that comparing to VLC, 5KPlayer can save at least 8% of CPU usage in general. And the better your computer specs are, the better 5KPlayer will perform.

5KPlayer vs. VLC Media Player CPU Consumption
5KPlayer vs. VLC Media Player CPU Usage

3. 5KPlayer vs. VLC: Video/Audio Resources and Download Ability

Better than VLC, 5KPlayer has taken the whole internet as its repository to provide videos/music of all kinds for everyone. There are over 300 online websites now and more soon to come supporting 5KPlayer's free video download function. You can even convert the downloaded videos/music from Stupidvideos, Vimeo, YouTube to MP3 and ACC in best auditory quality. Besides, with enhanced download speed, 5KPlayer can generally download twice as fast as VLC.

4. 5KPlayer vs. VLC: Rich Add-on Utilities

The importance of this feature largely depends on your demand and positioning. Basic and frequently-used functions like adding subtitles, rotate videos, tack synchronization, audio equalization etc are all provided by 5KPlayer for beginners and intermediate users. But if you are a power user seeking for more advanced functions and customizations like crop, overlay, water effect, Anaglyph 3D playback etc, VLC will be a better choice for now.

5KPlayer vs. VLC Media Player Comparison List

Windows/Mac 5Kplayer(33mb) VCL (28mb)
Interface/Icon Simple and elegant Ugly with buggy interface quirks
HD image quality Even better UHD video handler:8K/5K/4K A slightly worse image quality
Online; Download 300+ online site download/ no built-in search Online video integrate VLC with web channel streaming services
Built-in search
Playback Better video playback quality/patial Blu-ray playback Good video playback quality/patial Blu-ray playback
Formats Fast video player that plays almost all known formats
New user-friendly Lovely playlist with tag function Obsolete playlist
Flow chart user-guidance No
Airplay AirPlay (mirroring; recording) for both Window/Mac No(Windows)/yes(Mac)
Customization Customizable Highly Customizable
Video De-interlacing De-interlacing; cropping
Robust subtitle support Robust subtitle support
Video Rotation/Flip Video Rotation/Flip
Track synchronization Track synchronization
Built-in audio equalizer Built-in audio equalizer
Remote control via AirPlay Apple remote control
Play incomplete, unfinished, damaged videos,
or an unknown format in its raw form

Play incomplete, unfinished, damaged videos,
or an unknown format in its raw form

---prepared according to related data and 5KPlayer & VLC user comments

Conclusion: Just like choosing perfumes, since they all can cover the body-odor, we tend to lay more emphasis on finding the right fragrance for ourselves that meets our personality rather than the time long it lasts. Thus, even though VLC is an open source media player tycoon that has been through many years and years ahead, if it hardly meets your need or caters to your way of visual perception, choose 5KPlayer.

Now for the last recommendation: if you are still lingering over which one to choose, 5KPlayer or VLC, why not download and use them both as mutual complements since they are free of charge and safe as house.

Note: Apparently, VLC works on more platforms (Android/iOS) than the up-rising star –5KPlayer, but 5KPlayer will catch up soon.

5KPlayer Latest Upgrade for Mac Version 4.2:

5KPlayer Latest Upgrade for Windows Version 4.2:

Improved the compatibility of iOS 10.2 iPhone iPad AirPlay mirroring to Mac;
Fixed the playback problem of 4K videos recorded by iPhone.
Improved the overall compatibility with macOS Sierra;
Fixed the problem of iOS 10 mirror no sound.
Improved overall AirPlay performance for iOS 9 devices;
Fixed video music AirPlay problem from iOS 9.1/9.2/9.3 to Mac;
Fixed screen mirroring from iPhone/iPad;
Fixed iPhone (SE/6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus)/iPad (mini/Pro/Air) screen recording problem.
Fixed the fail problem of YouTube download MP4 files;
Improved AirPlay from Mac to Apple tvOS 9.2.
Added multi-language support (Japanese).
Improved YouTube download upgrade process;
Improved operation stability on Mac El Capitan;
Fixed other minor bugs.
Improved YouTube downloading module by allowing optional HTTP/HTTPS proxy;
Improved operation stability.
Added AirPlay Mirroring function to mirror iOS device/Mac screen;
Added screen recording function of iOS device/Mac based on AirPlay Mirroring;
Improved the YouTube downloading module for analysing newly supported sites;
Improved software overall performance in this major upgrade.
Improved operation stability;
Fixed other minor bugs.
Fixed unreadable code display problem of external subtitles.

Fixed: The problem of mirroring iPhone screen to Windows in iOS 10.2;
Fixed: The playback problem of 4K videos recorded by iPhone.

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