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Best MP4 Players to Play MP4 Files in Windows/ Mac

MP4 is an abbreviation for MPEG-4, a standard developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG). Chances are that you can't play some MP4 files with your Windows Media Player or QuickTime Player. This maybe that the codecs or compressing way wrapped in your MP4 files is not recognizable by these two players. To play MP4 files smoothly in Windows and Mac, you can try other workarounds. In this article, top 3 reliable and accessible MP4 players for Windows and Mac are shared with you:

Top 3 MP4 Players for Windows:

Wondershare Player

Wondershare Player is a free all-in-one MP4 player. It's supper easy-to-use and brings you theater-like movie experience.


Supported OS: Windows 8/7/Vista/XP

Key Features:

  • Clean and intuitive design: do less, play more;
  • GPU hardware optimization guarantees best-in-class video performance;
  • Freely take snapshot of your favorite episodes when playing MP4 files;
  • Create playlist in thumbnails or list view for convenient playback;
  • Easily rotate, rewind, speed up/slow down, full screen, mini mode with hotkeys;
  • Bookmark your favorite online videos for convenience playback.

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VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is an open-source, highly-portable free MP4 player. It's user-friendly even for the beginners.


Supported OS: Windows 8/7/XP/Vista/2000

Key Features:

  • Offers an equalizer for both audio and image;
  • Provides dozens of audio and video filter that you can apply to alter the output;
  • Broadcasts video using unicast or mutlicast in high bandwidth network;
  • Enables you to customize the interface controls and buttons as you wish.
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GOM Player

Gom Media Player is a free video player. It provides different advanced features for you to explore.


Supported OS: Windows 8/7/XP/Vista/2000

Key Features:

  • Enables you to capture image duration the playback;
  • Supports exporting the audio data from a video file.
  • Freely change the settings like Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, etc. 
  • Enables a specific equalizer to master the sound.
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Top 3 MP4 Players for Mac:

Wondershare Player for Mac

Wondershare Player for Mac is a elegantly designed MP4 player for Mac. It's lightweight and grantees the best-in-class video quality.


Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9

Key Features:

  • Extremely fast start up time and video load time;
  • Lets you bookmarks online videos and play them back from other devices;
  • Has several effects and filters to customize playback;
  • Allows you to take snap shot pictures of the clip you’re watching;
  • Excellent video quality.

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MPEG Streamclip

MPEG Streamclip is a lightweight MP4 video player as well as video editor and converter.


Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Key Features:

  • Encodes movies for playing on many devices, including iPod;
  • Provides basic video editing functions like cut, trim and join;
  • Converts MPEG files between muxed/demuxed formats for authoring;
  • Downloads videos from YouTube and Google by entering the page URL.
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MPlayer is a powerful, intuitive MP4 player for Mac. It features a good-looking UI with a bunch of extra preferences,


Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Key Features:

  • Control it with multitouch gestures on your trackpad or with the Apple Remote;
  • Allows you to load subtitle files and add them to a video;
  • Offers options to deinterlace, denoise and apply filters to improve the video rendering;
  • Enables you to stream YouTube audio and video.
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Further Reading: Why Cannot Play MP4 Video Files?

To play MP4 video files, you need the corresponding codec. When your media player cannot play .mp4 videos, it means that the player cannot find a suitable decoder for the file. Then the player may try to download an appropriate codec to play back the file. However, if fruitless, you will have to install other MP4 player to play your videos, or convert MP4 to other video format, like MOV. To do this, the Video Converter (Video Converter for Mac) is indispensable.

Download and install this program right now give it a trial.

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Step 1: Go to Convert tab>Add Files to import your MP4 files or drag-and-drop the files onto the interface directly.

Step 2: Click the format icon in the Output Format pane to select your desired format for conversion.

Step 3: Hit the Convert button to convert your MP4 files.

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