Top 5 Great and Free QuickTime Alternative to Play Any Video Flawlessly

In this article, you will get free QuickTime alternatives to play any video seamlessly, and QuickTime plug-ins to extend QuickTime supported codec. 


QuickTime Player, also known as QuickTime X (pronounced QuickTime Ten) is a digital media playback and editing application. It is capable of both streaming media from the internet and playing locally available media files.

(Getting started with QuickTime Player here)

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If you are not quite satisfied with Apple’s default media software, QuickTime, which comes bundled in with every release of OS X, there are still some great video players to work as a QuickTime Media Player alternative and a QuickTime codec package for Microsoft Windows to play QuickTime content. Now let's learn it.

Part 1: QuickTime Alternative 3.2.2

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QuickTime Alternative provides QuickTime Codec for Windows users to play QuickTime video. The development of QuickTime Alternative has now ceased and the version of the QuickTime codec will lag behind that released by Apple. Then K-Lite Codec Pack will be your better solution to playing all the movie files.


Here K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of audio and video codecs for Microsoft Windows that enables the operating system and its software to play various audio and video formats generally not supported by the operating system itself including QuickTime video. It is always up-to-date with the latest codec and has the most complete codec for playing videos. 

Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 2003, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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Part 2: Get QuickTime Alternatvie Video Player Apps

1. VLC 


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VLC Media Player is an open-source cross-platform media player. It supports a wide range of codecs (including some more obscure ones as well), often without any additional software and also deals with subtitles and music files without any problems.

Compatible with Windows/Mac/Linux, iOS/Android

2. MPlayerX

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MPlayerX is another open-source Mac video player that is quite similar to VLC. It’ll play a wide range of video and audio files (again without the need for any additional codecs or software) and has a few other hidden features, such as multi-touch and Apple Remote support. The interface is based on that of QuickTime’s with the same minimal approach and one feature I love about MPlayerX is the bookmark feature which remembers where you played up to last time – something which I think every video player should have.

Compatible with Windows/Mac/Linux

3. Plex

Plex is more like a media centre than an individual video player, but if you’re still grieving over the death of Front Row then Plex is a pretty good replacement for it. It sorts your video collection out into films and TV shows and downloads the synopsis and cover art for each one, giving it a more organised look. You can also stream online content from sources such as YouTube, Netflix and Hulu straight from the app and, like VLC and MPlayerX, supports a wide range of video codecs without any additional software.

Compatible with Windows/Mac, iOS/Android


Miro is an open-source media player with a built-in torrent client and an interface that has taken a few leaves out of the iTunes book. You can also share the media files over your network with anyone who also has Miro installed. What's more, there's an iPad version, which has the ability to stream and transfer videos and music to your iPad.

Compatible with Windows/Mac

5. Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate

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As best BD/DVD/Video Converter and Editor, users can finish Blu-ray, DVD ripping, SD/HD video converting and editing process with fast speed and high video qualtiy. No need to install QuickTime program any more. The mac version is iMedia Converter for Mac.

Just import your videos in any format to this video conversion tool, and then you can play them seamlessly in high definition. Also it has some other features. 

Convert Video: With Optimized presets, it converts videos to Android, Apple phones and Xbox for playback, and convert to Avid Media Composer & Adobe Premiere for further editing.

Edit Video: It edits videos by trimming, cropping, splitting videos, add text/image/video watermark as copyright protection, and attach external *.srt, *.ass, or *.ssa subtitles into source media for entertainment.


Support: Perfect audio/video synchronization; NVIDIA CUDA and AMD APP acceleration; output 3D video.


Compatible with Windows/Mac (including Windows 8.1 and Mavericks 10.9)

Learn more:

How to Rip/Convert Blu-ray to QuickTime on Mac

10 Methods to Convert QuickTime MOV to WMV/AVI/MPG/MP4/FLV, etc.

BDMV Converter: Encode BDMV to AVI, MP4, MOV(Quicktime) etc 

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