Elmedia Player

Review – Elmedia Player Mac Application
Company: Eltima Software
Price: Free ($20 for PRO version)

If you get as tired as I do in trying to figure out which media player you need to use to play back video files of a one codec or another, perhaps Eltima Software’s Elmedia Player is a solution. The Mac community is jam-packed with media players, so you have to ask yourself why you need to spend time looking at yet another one. In my experience with Elmedia Player (I was supplied the PRO version by the developer), I found that it suits nearly all of my video playback requirements in a very iTunes-like interface.

Elmedia provides two versions of their media player: a free version and a $20 PRO version that will allow you to download movies and videos from online directly to your hard drive. I found it noteworthy that even the free version will play Microsoft’s Silverlight format (XAP). Elmedia Player also supports Adobe Flash (FLV), AVI, MOV, WMV, SWF, MPEG, and Real Player’s RM and RV formats.

With the PRO version of Elmedia Player you’re not limited to playing videos that are saved locally. You can actually enter a video’s URL in the application’s browser and download the video to your hard drive to play at your leisure. That’s really useful in grabbing videos from YouTube, which can be a real pain to capture video from.

The left side of the user interface looks incredibly similar to that of iTunes, with a library that’sbroken down into All Tracks, SWF, Video, Real Video, and Silverlight. It also supports the creation of playlists and maintains a records of your download history.

Elmedia Player is easy to use and takes much of the guesswork out of playing back videos of just about any format you can imagine. Give the free version a try and if you find you want to be able to download videos as well, then $20 isn’t a whole lot to pay for such convenience.

MyMac.com Review Rating: 8 out of 10

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About Mike Breed

Writing for MyMac.com since August of 2009, Mike Breed is an Earth Science and Biology teacher at Chenango Valley High School in Binghamton, New York. He is currently acting as the Science Department Chairman in his school district as well. Mike has received numerous grants to incorporate Apple products into the laboratories and activities of his students, with the hopes of adding a new element of learning to the teaching of science in a demanding learning environment.

A lifelong resident of Cortland, New York, Mike enjoys spending time with his family when not busy with his duties at school. An avid fan of the Macintosh platform, Mike also spends a great deal of time reading and working from his iPad and iPhone, where he is reading his way through the entire chronology of Star Wars novels. Mike is also passionate about fishing and enjoys spending time each weekend fishing with his father on the waters of central New York State’s Finger Lakes.

3 thoughts on “Elmedia Player

  1. I’ve been trying to download it to test for a while now today but the site won’t respond. Eventually I had to mouse over the download button and right click and chose “save link as ….” then it worked.
    I tried on both Safari and Firefox.

  2. The fact that it’s ‘iTunes like’ isn’t exactly in it’s favor. The various controls above the picture is inconvenient and having to buy the Pro version to get full screen is a ‘fail’. I think I’ll stick with Movist

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