I use the perian codec pack with Quicktime for videos, and iTunes for my music. I find VLC to have memory leak issues, interface issues, and the likes.
VLC is fine on my machine - no beach balls at all. Perhaps there's something else going on with your system.VLC is not garbage. It's better than Quicktime, which won't even play full screen without the apple extortion fee.
Try switching in between non-full screen and full-screen half a dozen times while a video is playing. That will eventually cause VLC to force quit itself like the piece of junk it is.VLC is fine on my machine - no beach balls at all.
Try Patchburn Patchburn HomepageYou could always try one of the players listed on Versiontracker, but with the latest release VLC works for me. My aged G4 does not have a DVD player (internal, won't recognize external) so I need something other than Apple's DVDPlayer and VLC fits the bill. Mplayer was close, but not as good.
Ah, harzack, then you obviously aren't a MacBook owner. I used VLC to view non-region-1 DVDs on my iBook G4.... but now that I have a lovely MacBook, the damn Matsu****a drive in it won't play anything but the region it's locked to (1). There are no utilities, no firmware hacks, nada that will make this damn thing play any non-Region-1 DVDs. Not so good when you're living in Mexico!I have no problem with VLC.
I use it mostly to read DVDs on the Mac that are from a different zone than 1, as the DVD player won't play them and there is no region free utility to work with my DVD player.
It could relate to the actual video material in question. There are a LOT of codecs and wrappers out there and when you add them up it makes for a LOT of combinations.It certainly is odd that people seem to use QT because VLC is bugger *or* because VLC because QT is buggy.
I wonder why that is. User error?
I've exhausted most troubleshooting techniques and am running the latest and greatest version. VLC is great when it works, but its become so frustrating over time. I had it crash twice watching 'Fight Club' last night. That was essentially the last straw for me.Lastly, this is for Lars .. have you tried any troubleshooting with VLC? Have you removed the old VLC preferences when you updated to newer versions (as they suggested, and provide an Applescript to do so with the new versions)? I had issues with beachballs and crashes once and after doing a little RTFM and clearing out old preferences it solved all the issues for me.