Review: Manage online videos easily with Eltima SWF Movie Player

Play multiple video formats on your computer with Eltima SWF Movie Player for Mac.

Eltima SWF Movie Player for Mac, currently known as Elmedia Player, handles multiple formats in a well-designed package that would be easy to use for all users. The program offers some neat features and performs without any glitches. However, if you want to download Flash animations and videos from the Web, capture a screenshot of the current frame, or enjoy the full-screen mode, you'll need to upgrade to the PRO version.

After installing easily, Eltima SWF Movie Player for Mac displays a menu that offers an upgraded version of the program. This is easily dismissed, bringing up the main menu, which is designed with clear buttons and appropriate graphics. A top menu bar includes controls for playing back loaded movies, including a slider showing the progress of any initiated downloads. A left-side menu allows users to filter available videos by format, along with those bookmarked from Web pages such as YouTube. The main center window contains a browser where Internet video can be played. Its controls are just as one would expect from a typical, mainstream Web browser. While the program is available as freeware, an upgraded version has a number of useful features, including downloading videos from YouTube. When watching Internet video, the tracks available for download display in the main window, but the user cannot activate the feature without the upgrade. Users also have the ability to hide and display different parts of the program to customize the viewing experience.

Managing the various video file formats for both online and offline movies can be difficult. For those looking for a basic media player, Eltima SWF Movie Player for Mac works as advertised, but its available upgraded version highlights its shortcomings, such as the failure to allow video downloads.

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