MX and VLC are the two media players with vibrant video and audio tools. An Indian based company is behind MX Player, while we all know VLC Media Player. How do both stand against each other in 2019? Let’s find out in VLC vs MX Player comparison.
The comparison mainly focuses on mobile applications as MX Player is only available for iOS and Android.
Table of contents
Both offer a wide range of tools. MX Player initially was just for videos, but the developers have implemented audio and streaming features. Compared to VLC, MX Player comes with a wide range of tools. Other than that, the hardware acceleration is something to check out in both.
Take a look at the below table for full tools and options comparison.
|Android TV support||✅||✅|
|Save brightness/audio settings||✅||✅|
|Remember subtitle timing||❌||✅|
|Change app colours||❌||✅|
|Highlight new videos||❌||✅|
Play screen invisible options
Both offer options including seek forward, seek backward, volume up/down, zoom controls, and brightness adjustment. I feel like VLC’s seek feature can be improved because sometimes if you seek forward for a few seconds, it doesn’t forward. Also, if you manually add a subtitle file and minimise and maximise the app, you will not find the subtitles. Sometimes, the subtitle menu doesn’t even open (you have to go back to the app and play the video again). MX Player has one feature missing which is seeking on double-tap.
Other play screen options
The below table compares the options which can be found on the video play screen.
MX Share or MX File Sharing is a tool which comes with MX Player. The tool allows you to transfer video files fastly with the help of Bluetooth and WiFi Hotspot together. This powerful and quick sharing technique can also be found in many apps. The app only supports video files, and the receiver must have MX Player installed to complete the process. VLC does not offer sharing tools except the default sharing features.
VLC uses it’s orange and white combination theme, while MX Player provides a blue and white theme by default. Blue looks more relaxed, but the orange is night friendly. MX Player also allows you to customise the look and the feel of the app to whichever colour you like.
VLC was released for Android in 2015, while it has over 100 million downloads. MX Player, on the other hand, was released in 2011, and so far it has over 500 million downloads. Both occupy over 70 MB of storage.
VLC Media Player for iOS is about 169 MB, with an average rating of 3 stars. MX Player takes 85 MB of storage and has an average rating of 4.6 stars in India. MX Player is one of the top apps in the Entertainment category in India.
MX Player is a commercial app, and you’ll see ads throughout the app. The ads types include in-video when you pause, in between videos section, etc. VLC, on the other hand, is open source and it’s free to use.
The final part of VLC vs MX Player is testing. I tested eight videos on both. MX Player could not play the audio of a .mkv file. The test proved that VLC supports more extensions and formats than MX Player.
Which one should you pick?
The answer to the questions lies in the interface and advertisements. I would probably suggest going with VLC because it supports a little more extensions and it is open source with free of ads. MX Player is good, but to get rid of ads and unlock premium features, you’ll have to pay money.
Both offer great functionalities and support a wide range of extensions. I hope the post VLC vs MX Player helped. Please feel free to share your views in the comments below and subscribe to the newsletter for future updates.
Hello, my name is Madhsudhan Khemchandani. I’m a Software Engineer, graduated from UniSA, Adelaide. I’m the owner, author, and maintainer of this post and the site. Please contact me if you have any questions or feedback.