Optimus Player

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Version 1.4

Requires macOS Catalina or later.

Release Notes

Version 1.4

Disruptive Changes

  • macOS Mojave is no longer supported.

New Features

  • Updated the app icon to match the look of macOS Big Sur.

Bug Fixes

  • (macOS Big Sur or later) Added workaround for macOS Rosetta 2 bug that would cause a video to play faster than its audio when connected to an AirPlay 2 device.
  • (macOS Big Sur or later) Fixed silent crash when restoring audio player windows during app launch.
  • Reduced app size by 30 MB.
  • Fixed bug that caused the playback rate control to use the wrong font.

Version 1.3

Announcements

  • This version adds initial support for macOS Big Sur. Subsequent versions will feature even tighter integration with the new macOS, including a new app icon and optimizations for Apple Silicon.
  • This is the last version that will support macOS Mojave.

New Features

  • (macOS Big Sur or later) Updated the user interface to match the look of the new macOS.
  • (macOS Big Sur or later) Support for AirPods Automatic Switching.
    • In theory, this should work. However, we were unsuccessful in our attempts to use the feature—in any app—as of macOS 11.0.1.

Bug Fixes

  • (macOS Big Sur or later) Fixed bug that prevented the window title bar from disappearing.
  • (macOS Big Sur or later) Fixed silent audio after switching the audio output from an AirPlay 2 device back to the built-in system output.
  • (macOS Catalina or later) Fixed bug that caused playback to pause when switching the audio output between the built-in system output and an AirPlay 2 device.
  • Fixed bug that sometimes caused windows to erroneously start playback and/or enter full screen after being restored during app launch.
  • Fixed bug that caused part of the media scrubber to be invisible when “Increase contrast” in System Preferences was turned on.
  • Prevented unimportant media player controls from receiving focus when “Use keyboard navigation to move focus between controls” in System Preferences is turned on.
  • Show the media player controls area briefly when moving focus between controls.
  • Fixed missing focus ring for the Play/Pause button.
  • Fixed bug that sometimes caused the VoiceOver cursor to be positioned incorrectly when it was supposed to encompass the playhead.
  • Removed the redundant “show external playback menu” button that was visible from VoiceOver.

Version 1.2.1

Subtitle Fixes

  • Fixed missing subtitle text when playing certain MKV files.
  • Fixed corrupt text when playing certain subtitles files containing non-English characters.

Version 1.2

Disruptive Changes

  • Changed the keyboard shortcuts for navigating media. Jumping backward/forward can now be done using the arrow keys by themselves. Stepping backward/forward now requires the Option modifier key.
  • Jumping backward/forward now jumps 15 seconds by default.
  • Jumping backward/forward no longer pauses playback.
  • Swapped the order of the Tracks and Controls menus in the menu bar.

New Features

  • Change the playback rate from the Controls menu.
  • Added option to customize the default playback rate.
  • Added option to automatically start playback after opening the media.
  • Added option to automatically enter full screen after opening the media.
  • Added option to customize the amount by which to jump backward/forward.
  • The subtitle track from a chosen subtitles file is now automatically selected after opening the file.
  • The audio track can now be deselected in the Tracks menu.
  • The key combinations for controlling playback are now visible in the Controls menu.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed potential crash when showing subtitles.
  • Fixed bug that sometimes prevented the software decoder from automatically activating when hardware acceleration is unavailable.
  • Fixed playback of certain WebM files.
  • Fixed playback of certain subtitles files.

Version 1.1.3

General Fixes

  • Fixed bug that sometimes prevented the display from automatically turning off even after all windows were closed.
  • Fixed error when uninstalling the AirPlay Enabler helper tool after System Integrity Protection has been re-enabled.

Audio Fixes

  • Fixed distorted playback of certain files containing AAC audio.

Version 1.1.2

Video Fixes

  • Improved performance of the software decoder (by up to 10× during informal testing).

Version 1.1.1

General Fixes

  • Fixed the direction of multi-touch gestures when “Scroll direction: Natural” in System Preferences is turned off.

Video Fixes

  • Added workaround for macOS bug that caused the color to change during full screen playback of certain types of video.
  • Fixed playback of certain types of H.264 and HEVC video.

Audio Fixes

  • Fixed playback of Opus audio.

Version 1.1

New Features

  • Control playback using the media keys or from headphones, Siri, AirPlay devices, and (macOS Catalina or later) AirPlay 2 devices.
  • (macOS Catalina or later) AirPlay 2 audio is now fully supported out-of-the-box. The AirPlay Enabler helper tool is no longer needed.
  • Support for playing AV1 video.
  • Support for playing GIF files.
  • Updated the FFmpeg software libraries to version 4.2.1 in order to bring in additional new features and bug fixes.

Bug Fixes

  • Reduced energy usage (by up to 30% during informal testing).
  • Fixed graphical corruption when navigating MPEG-TS media.
  • Added workaround for macOS bug that sometimes caused the app to stop responding after selecting a device in the AirPlay device picker.
  • (macOS Mojave) Fixed potential crash when uninstalling the AirPlay Enabler helper tool.

Version 1.0.1

General Fixes

  • Trials can now be reactivated after switching to a newly-released version of the app.
  • Enabled multithreading for the software decoder to improve performance when hardware support is not available.
  • Added workaround for macOS bug that caused windows with different aspect ratios to shrink when tabbing between them.
  • Fixed bug that caused the memory used by a window to not be released when the window was closed.
  • Updated the FFmpeg software libraries to version 4.1.4 in order to bring in additional bug fixes.

Video Fixes

  • Fixed playback of rotated videos (e.g. iPhone videos captured in portrait orientation).
  • Updated HDR support on macOS Mojave so that HDR video looks OK on non-HDR displays. Unfortunately, HDR is only fully supported on macOS Catalina or later. Apologies for the incorrect information.
  • (macOS Catalina or later) Pass HDR10 metadata to the video renderer so that colors that are brighter than the display can be properly mapped to a color that is supported by the display.

Audio Fixes

  • Fixed crash when playing Windows Media Lossless audio.
  • Fixed crash when playing certain files containing AAC audio.
  • Fixed playback of Dolby TrueHD audio.
  • Fixed playback of ATRAC3, ATRAC9, ATRAC Advanced Lossless, G.723.1, G.729, Monkey’s Audio, MPEG-4 Audio Lossless Coding, Shorten, Speex, and Windows Media Audio Lossless/Professional/Voice audio.

Subtitle Fixes

  • Fixed 1-second delay of subtitles when playing certain MP4/MOV files.

Version 1.0

Optimus Player is the best app for playing audiovisual content on the Mac. Major features include color accuracy, AirPlay 2 audio (experimental), and dual subtitles. We hope you love using the app as much as we enjoyed making it!