Last updated: 20 Mar 2021
MX and VLC are the two media players with vibrant video and audio tools. An Indian company is the owner of MX Player, while we all know VLC Media Player. How do both stand against each other in 2021? Let’s find out in VLC vs. MX Player comparison.
In short, VLC is a free and all-rounder tool with vast codec and device support. For HDMIs, Chromecast, or even your phone, VLC is the ideal choice. MX Player comes in several formats, but it offers more customisation options to make your own video player.
|Feature||VLC Media Player||MX Player|
|Smart TV support||✔||❌|
|Multi-Language subtitle support||✔||✔|
|Video formats||Most||Most but not as many as VLC|
|Widgets||2 (same) on Android||❌|
VLC is more focused on the technical aspects, whereas MX Player also focuses on 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 the video doesn’t forward if you forward for a few seconds.
Apart from that, if you manually add a subtitle file and then 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.
MX Player has one feature missing, which is seeking on double-tap. VLC forwards/backwards the video ten seconds if you double-tap on either side of the screen.
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 does not support HDMI; hence, the media is simultaneously played on both TV and mobile. 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 that 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. On the other hand, MX Player was released in 2011, and so far, it has over 500 million downloads. Both occupy over 70 MB of storage.
VLC Media Player also comes with two widgets on the Android platform. Both offer the same features except the theme. One is the light, and the other one is the dark widget. You can place both on the home screen, but it won’t add any benefits.
VLC Media Player for iOS is about 169 MB, with an average user-based rating of 3 stars. MX Player takes 85 MB of storage and has an average user-based rating of 4.2 stars in the US.
MX Player is a commercial app, and it shows ads while browsing. 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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