Published on: 15 Nov 2019 | Last updated: 23 June 2020 | Reading time: 4 minutes | Watching time: 5 minutes
MX and VLC are the two media players with vibrant video and audio tools. An Indian company is behind MX Player, while we all know VLC Media Player. How do both stand against each other in 2020? Let’s find out in VLC vs MX Player comparison.
Table of contents
- MX Player
- VLC vs MX Player
- Wrap up
One of the most popular multi-platform free video players on the planet, VLC is an open-source video player with amazing tools. The software is one of the top music players in a recent study supporting over 50 audio and video file formats. The 19 years old software is available on PC, mobile, and TVs. The software uses the orange and white theme on all the platforms, and it supports offline and online streaming.
The eight years old app available for iOS and Android is a direct competitor of VLC. Besides being a fast video player, the company has released several series. The app has over 176 million users, and the app is commercial and fully customisable.
VLC vs MX Player
VLC is more focused towards the technical aspects, whereas MX Player also focuses on the customisation and personalisation. MX Player initially was just for videos, but now it supports audio files as well. Take a look at the below table for full tools and options.
|Android TV support||✔||✔|
|Save brightness/audio settings||✔||✔|
|Remember subtitle timing||❌||✔|
|Change app colours||❌||✔|
|Adjust forward/backward speed||❌||✔|
|Highlight new videos||❌||✔|
Play screen options
The below table compares the options found on the video player screen.
Play screen invisible options
|Forward and backward||✔||✔|
|Zoom / change ratio||✔||✔|
|Double-tap forward and backward||✔||❌|
VLC Media Player’s swipe forward/backward feature can be improved because if you forward for a few seconds, the video doesn’t forward. Apart from that, if you manually add a subtitle file and minimise and maximise the app, you will not see the subtitles. The problem worsens as the subtitle menu does not respond. In that case, going back to the main menu and playing the video again is the only option.
HDMI and Chromecast
Many mobile devices such as Note 10 support HDMI ports, but both tools deal with HDMI differently. VLC supports HDMI, and when a device is connected, the device displays the screen saver with the VLC logo. It also supports most of the buttons to control the playback. MX Player contrarily does not support HDMI; hence the media is played on both TV and mobile at the same time. Watch the above video to see both in action.
Regarding the Chromecast, VLC acts the same as with HDMI, but MX Player also supports Chromecast. It displays an image from the video with the device title with all the necessary buttons to control.
MX Share or MX File Sharing is a tool which allows transferring video files fastly with the combined help of Bluetooth and WiFi. This powerful sharing technique can also be found in many apps, such as Google Files. The app only supports video files, and the receiving end must have MX Player installed. VLC does not offer sharing tools except the default sharing features.
VLC was released for Android in 2015, and 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.
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. The premium version of MX costs a few bucks depending on the location which gives access to the ad-free experience.
Still not sure about the two? Watch this VLC vs MX Player video and see both in action.
I would suggest going with VLC because it supports a little more extensions and is completely free. MX Player is great, but to get rid of ads and unlock premium features, you’ll have to pay money.
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Madhsudhan is a professional software engineer. He has been writing about Android and PC for over two years.