VLC vs. MX Player | The Honest Final Showdown (2020)

Published on: 15 Nov 2019 | Last updated: 16 Sept 2020 | Reading time: 4 minutes | Watching time: 5 minutes

VLC vs MX Player
VLC vs. MX Player

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

Quick Comparison

FeatureVLC Media PlayerMX Player
4K support
Chromecast support
Smart TV support
CustomisableYesHighly
Multi-Language subtitle support
Video formatsMostMost but not as many as VLC
Widgets2 (same) on Android
Ads-Free

VLC

VLC Media Player
VLC Media Player

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.

MX Player

MX Player
MX Player

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

Tools

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.

FeatureVLCMX Player
Audio support
Streaming
Hardware acceleration
History
Night mode
Android TV support
Save brightness/audio settings
Picture-in-Picture
Subtitle size
Subtitle colour
Remember subtitle timing
Screen settings
Change app colours
Adjust forward/backward speed
Local network
Equaliser
Audio boost
Continue video
Highlight new videos

Play screen options

The below table compares the options found on the video player screen.

FeatureVLCMX Player
Choose subtitle
Subtitle delay
Choose audio
Audio delay
Audio play
Playback speed
Sleep timer
Equaliser
Crop video
Lock
Repeat options
Download subtitles
Video shuffle

Play screen invisible options

FeatureVLCMX Player
Forward and backward
Volume +/-
Zoom / change ratio
Brightness adjustment
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 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 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.

Chromecast Connection of VLC and MX Player
Chromecast Connection of VLC (left) and MX Player (right)

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

MX Share Feature of MX Player
MX Player – MX Share

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.

App details

Android

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.

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.

iOS

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.

Paid nature

MX Player is a commercial app, and you’ll see 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.

Video

Still not sure about the two? Watch this VLC vs. MX Player video and see both in action.

VLC-vs-MX-Player
VLC vs MX Player (video plays in a new tab)

Wrap up

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.

StoreVLCMX Player
Google PlayInstallInstall
App StoreInstallInstall

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