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Chroma is a player for movie files. It includes all necessary things like subtitle support, fullscreen play and playing DVDs.

Chroma supports most AVI formats like DivX/Xvid, QuickTime movies and online movies, and plays Windows Media, Matroska and Ogg Theora using standard QuickTime plug-ins. It supports most common subtitle formats, and uses the advanced text rendering in Mac OS X to render them. It presents DVDs in full scrub mode, can remove movie letterboxing and runs on all recent Macs.

All this technology hidden behind one button:


What's New

Version 2009.1:
  • Playlist window
  • Screen dimming prevention for newer Macs
  • Improved subtitle line-breaking to fit one and two lines
  • More subtitle format tags supported
  • New crisper outline subtitle text
  • Improved subtitle text encoding detection for ISO Latin2 and Thai
  • plus lots of minor additions and fixes


Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later

*Previously available here

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Spermin8r Member IconReview+4

good app but seems to be discontinued (website is down for some time)

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Version 2009.1
An.onymous Member IconComment+143

I have just downloaded it for trial. Could not use the demo : it says "trial period is over". Bad sign.

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Version 2009.1

Same problem here. Can't even demo it. When launched for the first time this error appears:
This version has expired.

This version of Chroma has expired. Please download a fresh updated
version from the website. Click download to go there now.

[Enter Registration Key] [Later] [Download]

SurfSpirit Member IconReview+442

If you have a faster computer, VLC, or Perian with Quicktime will do almost everything for free, but if you have a old g3 machine this app is a must. It's the only application that runs considerable well xvid movies in my old iMac G3 450 with correct running subtitles on it. It's very watchable and the most smooth of all apps I have tried in this machine! Great for PPC!

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Version 2008.1

It is to expensive, double its price and you can buy a complete G4 400 (or more) on eBay.

Aikousha Member IconReview+256

After bringing this "home" to try on my mac, I was very disappointed. Right at the start it states that it plays matroska and has a better method of displaying subtitles. Funny, "out of the box" it couldn't play ANY matroska file. It kept trying to send me to web pages (and without an internet connection on that mac, that's not possible) for plug-ins. If it has to search for a plug-in to even play a matroska file, that it CANNOT play a matroska file and should not state that it can. It should say, "after hunting for dozens of plug-ins it might be able to play matroska files."
Even playing basic quicktime supported stuff it had problems, like continuously showing the beachball and preventing any interaction. Found out this was due to it's literally unending attempts to phone-home for something (again no internet connection, and even so, it shouldn't be trying to infinitely call home for anything -- is this installed spyware or improperly implemented logging/registration and update checks?).
Even after finding and loading a couple EXTRA codecs (including Perian a known conflict problem generator) it still couldn't play matroska. Of the five files I provided, the audio in all was choppy, the best video I got played only 1 single frame on average every 20 seconds. And the subtitles are worse than VLCs by all regards, they were soft and transparent, very difficult to read even on a still image.
VLC works better and faster, and though I couldn't actually get Chroma to crash (like VLC does), locking itself from interaction with a 1-2 minute beachball display is actually worse than a crash, which can be recovered with an instant re-launch.
The ONLY reason I would ever use this is if they can actually write an efficient matroska code set for it, so that I can actually watch matroska files (needed for many newer fansubs). Otherwise I'll stay with VLC, which, while not able to efficiently work with matroska, actually works faster than this. Heck for basic Xvid, VLC works without skipping frames while my computer is doing many other things concurrently, like video compression, downloading, burning DVDs, AND compiling code. Chroma couldn't even play the matroska files, when that was it's ONLY ltask.
(QT Player, I gave up on 2 system updates back, when opening many videos took up to 5-10 minutes, they played fine after, but taking that long to open, somebody at Apple should have been fired.)

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Version 2007.3
cassiotones Member IconComment+5

Oh, I forgot to say that, although being the best quality subtitles I've seen so far, I dont know why but they seem to be in a strange format. I tried to resize and etc but most of the times dialogue lines would not display one above the other but beside the other, which didnt occured in VLC and QT.

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Version 2007.2
cassiotones Member IconComment+5

I like VLC, but not its interface. Chroma has a cool look, very much like other mac apps. i liked the command t function for stabilize, dont know if it really works though since I'm always on a stable surface. The subtitles are really beautiful.

I just wish it was more customizable and had more commands like VLC. I had problems using DVD, it kept asking me to change my DVD region when it was playing normally with DVD Player...

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Version 2007.2
Anthony Sigalas Member IconReview+4
Anthony Sigalas

After years of using VLC as my video player of choice I came upon Chroma Player. This is how a video player for the mac platform should look and act like. Used it for the full 15-day trial period and never had a crash. Much more stable than VLC but the best part is how it renders subtitles using the native resolution of the monitor instead of that of the video file (like VLC). The result is crisp text that doesn't strain yor eyes. Also try using the transparent background subtitle style (the animation of the text box is wonderful). I love Chroma and use it a lot so I wrote a Sofa Control script for that (it's in the new version of Sofa Control).
I only hope the next versions will add playlist support. If you like me are anal about type (and if you're using a mac you should be) and view a lot of movies with subtitles then Chroma is the player for you.

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Version 2007.2
Sitheniz0rd Member IconReview+0

Some ppl say its bad but i have mac osx 10.2.8 and avi dosnt work with the best QT for my os and chroma does it QT does not.

I tested it with SWII and it did well.

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Version 2007.2
Xander Member IconReview+21

This apps interface is TOP notch... in theory. To bad they didn't back it up with ANY kind of functionality.

It's color is off, and there's not preference to change it. When you skip forward, the audio gets thrown out of sync with the video. And then it freezes up and wont respond. And I was running it on new stable hardware.

I tested it with AVI's only, it was preformed SO POORLY I didn't bother with any other format. This app needs ALOT of work before it'd be worth money. And even then I would pay maybe $5 tops. Maybe. As is, I wouldn't use it for free. In the end, it's pretty to look at, but no fun to use.

Don't bother. VLC, MPlayer, and good ol' Quicktime (with the DivX plugin) are where it's at.

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Version 2007.1
Dom21 Member IconComment+58

For a brief minute I thought this would finally be the OSX app that played INDEO codec avis. Shot down again :-(

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Version 2006.5

The Indeo codec has never been made for OSX... so until that is made.... your outa luck regardless of the player.

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Version 2009.1
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Current Version (2009.x)


Downloads 28,226
Version Downloads 7,278
License Shareware
Date 27 Mar 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $22.00