Best Free Media Player to Play Stream and Download Movie Videos – 5KPlayer (Win & Mac)

Every computer has one pre-installed media player, as Windows Media Player for Window computer and QuickTime Player for Mac computer, but there always are some flaws with these players. For example, you can’t play videos in formats other than MP4, AVI WMV on Windows Media Player and MP4, MOV, M4V on QuickTime Player unless you upgrade it to pro version. Therefore, you need to install another player to solve these problems.

In this article, I will introduce you one of the best free media players to extend your movie video enjoyment. It is 5KPlayer that allows you to play, stream and download videos on your Windows and Mac computer, making you have fun from online to offline across the platforms of Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

Key Features

  • Play media files like 4K UHD/HD video, music, DVD, live radio, etc.
  • With robust built-in codec, it can handle video music in any format.
  • DLNA stream video music between computer and Android/PS4/Xbox One.
  • AirPlay mirroring iPhone iPad screen to Windows and macOS.
  • Record iPhone iPad screen while mirroring on computer.
  • Download online video, music, playlist, and subtitle along with video.
  • Neat library to manage added, played, downloaded, shared and recorded video music.

How to Play Movie Videos with 5KPlayer

5KPlayer is known for UHD and HD movie video playback. It can play videos in format from mainstream MP4, WMV, MOV to less-known OGV, MTS and VOB. With the support of NVIDIA, intel-QSV and DXVA2 hardware acceleration, 5KPlayer can achieve stability and smoothness in playing 4K HDR movie videos.

Playing movie videos only requires you to drag & drop them to 5KPlayer. Besides, the main UI gives the direct sign to access videos from hard drive on computer. It’s interesting that some video file can’t be recognized when you choose to open files on interface, while it can be played once you drag and drop to the player.

How to Stream Movie Videos from Computer to TV

5KPlayer provides you the option to stream video on Android phone to computer, mirror iPhone screen to PC/Mac. Moreover, it is capable of sharing movies from computer to smart TV or Android phone. The demand for casting videos from computer to TV is high. This review will introduce the how-to in detail.

Before getting started, boost the computer and TV, set them in the same Internet circumstances, and then follow below steps to stream movie video from computer to smart TV.

Step 1. Download, install and launch 5KPalyer on computer.

Step 2. Click the “DLNA & AirPlay” icon to go DLNA settings, then check the DLNA server is “On”.

Step 3. At the upper-right corner, click the single DLNA sign, choose the right TV.

Step 4. Open a video with 5KPlayer. Then, it will be beemed to smart TV.

How to Download Online Videos with 5KPlayer

5KPlayer is able to save online videos from many famous video hosting sites. It can download video, music, subtitle, playlist, and video to MP3. You can choose the resolution from lowest 144p to 2160p if provided from the video source. And all the moves needed for downloading video is the same as many websites or downloaders – copy & paste.

Step 1. Open 5KPlayer, go Download section.

Step 2. Copy the URL of the video that you want to download, click “Paste URL & Analyze”.

Step 3. Once the result shows up, click “Download” button to start downloading.

There are many useful features on 5KPlayer, such as converting any video to MP3/AAC, accessing videos in hard drive on Android phone, changing playback speed from 0.5x to 2.0x, etc. It is indeed one of the best free media players for Mac and Windows.