Plex Media Center

Version: 0.9.5.2.1 || Release Date: 2011-12-04 || License: GPL App Owner: dcstewieg

Complete media playback solution.

Plex bridges the gap between your Mac and your home theater, doing so with a visually appealing user interface that provides instant access to your media. Plex can play a wide range of video, audio and photo formats as well as online streaming audio and video. The real power of Plex is found in its library features: Organize your media into versatile libraries, automatically retrieve metadata from the Internet, and display your libraries using one of the visually stunning skins.

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This seems like it could be quite impressive, but for someone who's new at it, its very overwhelming. Fun to navigate, but to get things rolling it takes some time and reading a lot in the wiki (which is annoying. There should be documents that come with it already if not a tutorial on how to set up everything).

OSXBMC is now Plex.

http://osx.iusethis.com/app/plex (or just search for Plex)

Leopard only
From the faq:
<em>"Tiger support is not a near term goal, but it is a possibility in the future. It's obviously quite possible to get XBMC for OS X to work on Tiger, but the team has determined that it is also non-trivial. As we get closer to a 1.0 release we will poll the community to see how much demand there is for Tiger support."</em>

I have tried VLC, Mplayer OSX, Perian and Niceplayer (with Perian) for watching *.mkv files. All of them are fine players and have their merits, when watching mkv files up to 720p. However, being on a Macbook Pro I need the players to support both CPUs for 1080p playback otherwise there is frozen frames (VLC), choopy playback (Perian) or video slowdown leading to lip-sync (Mplayer OSX).
XBMC gives me hope that there will eventually be a method for watching those fine HD mkvs on a mac (something the windows users are already doing). It played all the problematic files fluidly.
The only trouble is that I have to restart the program in order to start a different movie file since it crashes a lot. But the playback power is great since it uses >100% CPU (checked via Activity Monitor) for 1080p mkv playback.

By far the best media app out there for OS X. Once Apple Remote integration comes to fruition I can't see why you'd use anything else.

I have been using this since 0.1.1 or 0.1.2, I don't remember. Excelent work you are doing here.

v0.4.5 has been released n 08APR08!

The Apple Remote work is taking a bit longer than I expected, so another release is probably a good idea, to share some of the bug-fixes and new features that are complete. Here are the changes in this release:

* NEW: High quality software upscaling is now supported. You can specify preferences in Video -> Player as to when the scaling is enabled and what scaling algorithm is used. This makes a huge difference when viewing SD content. It takes quite a bit of processing power, but the good news is that decoding SD content doesn’t.
* NEW: Monitor blanking is now supported. When selecting a full-screen mode, you have the option of telling XBMC to blank the other monitors. The preference is in Appearance -> Screen. I suspect Martin will be happy that he can stop throwing a sweater over his iMac, which sounded like a total fire hazard to me.
* NEW: The built-in web server now works. Among other things, it serves as an alternate remote control for those of you using a laptop as an expensive remote. Make sure to set a port above 1024.
* NEW: You can now store your own skins in the Library/Application Support/XBMC/skin directory, to avoid having to move aside and reinstall skins every time you upgrade. Thanks to d4rk for coding this up!
* FIX: A crash when reading WMA files.
* FIX: The OS X mouse cursor sometimes made an unwelcome appearance in full-screen mode.
* FIX: Settings that made no sense for OS X have been removed to reduce confusion.

The XBMC source has been updated to near-trunk as well, which means a host of improvements and fixes. Note that the new music library features may still have some kinks, but hopefully things work pretty well for you.

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