Most videos you stream or download need a player to be viewed. You can either view them directly from within the site that hosts it or download it and view it through a separate player. If it’s the latter, you want a player that provides quality visuals and sound and is easy to use. Elmedia, by Eltima Software, is one such player. It offers a variety of features that make it a wise choice when looking for a video player for your Mac.
Elmedia supports a variety of file formats: FLV, MP4, AVI, MOV, DAT, MKV, MP3, FLAC, M4V, Blu-ray and several others. HD video plays smoothly without lagging, skips or sound issues. Elmedia has built in smarts to detect and fix any issues with audio synchronizing, so you never see any disconnects between moving mouths and words that are spoken. It also supports 4K videos without compromising quality. Elmedia is able to cast 4K format from Macs to Chromecast Ultra, Apple TV 4K, and several smart TVs like Samsung, LG and Panasonic.
Elmedia supports streaming from a variety of apps and it also allows you to download videos and keep them for later viewing. It is also compatible with AirPlay, which means you can play these videos on one iOS device and watch it from another. What I found most appealing is that if you watch online content that normally plays with ads, Elmedia somehow has the ability to find those ads and prevent them from playing – meaning you can watch your favorite shows and movies ad-free.
Using Elmedia Player is super easy. It has its own built-in browser, so you can search for, view and download videos all from within the app itself. No need to find what you want and then move it over to the player.
A few other great features include the ability extract audio from a file. If you only want the sound, you can get that from the video file and save it as an MP3, M4A or a variety of other popular audio formats. If you like tinkering with video or just want a screen shot of a particular moment, you can do that as well. Screen shot a moment or convert an entire video clip into screenshots so you can easily pick the ones you want. For videos that have subtitles, Elmedia cleanly displays them, so you can enjoy foreign films without worry. If you use a Myo armband to control playback such as play, pause and volume control, then you can continue to use it with Elmedia, as it’s fully compatible.
Not much can be found lacking with Elmedia. One thing that is not entirely apparent on their website is that they offer a basic version and a Pro version, so you should be careful to note what you need and want before deciding which version to use.
Regardless of which version you get, Elmedia provides a quality software offering that allows users to enjoy streaming video and from a variety of sources without compromising quality.