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90115534
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Best Media Player

So what is the best Media Player nowadays?


darcilicious
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What kind of "media" are you wanting to play?

Audio (which formats?)

Video (which formats?)

What kind of features are important to you?
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90115534
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said by darcilicious:

What kind of "media" are you want to play?

Audio (which formats?)

Video (which formats?)

Video. All formats.


darcilicious
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XBMC for stand-alone and Plex for whole-house / multiple-platform support and/or for remote streaming support.

»xbmc.org/

»plexapp.com/
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90115534
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said by darcilicious:

XBMC for stand-alone and Plex for whole-house / multiple-platform support and/or for remote streaming support.

Sorry I think I confused you. I mean a actual windows media player.

I did find this. »www.techsupportalert.com/best-fr···on_Guide

Though I keep hearing PotPlayer support has ended sense doom9 decided to drop the potplayer thread.


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MPlayer.
Plays most everything, without needing or installing "codecs".

Get it here (code.google): mplayer-for-windows
(Anyone who builds, & is current should be fine.)

Use a GUI: MPUI-hcb
(I only use his GUI, 500KB, though he does also have packages with the player itself too.)

Good, solid, clean, utilitarian even. Much like XP Classic.


90115534
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What makes MPlayer so good?


darcilicious
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said by 90115534:

said by darcilicious:

XBMC for stand-alone and Plex for whole-house / multiple-platform support and/or for remote streaming support.

Sorry I think I confused you. I mean a actual windows media player.

Hrm? Both of these work on Windows to play back video. They are (IMNSHO) "the best".
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darcilicious
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said by darcilicious:

said by 90115534:

said by darcilicious:

XBMC for stand-alone and Plex for whole-house / multiple-platform support and/or for remote streaming support.

Sorry I think I confused you. I mean a actual windows media player.

Hrm? Both of these work on Windows to play back video. They are (IMNSHO) "the best".

And neither require codecs to be installed.
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90115534
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said by darcilicious:

said by 90115534:

said by darcilicious:

XBMC for stand-alone and Plex for whole-house / multiple-platform support and/or for remote streaming support.

Sorry I think I confused you. I mean a actual windows media player.

Hrm? Both of these work on Windows to play back video. They are (IMNSHO) "the best".

Oh ok.

Aren't they a whole huge application mainly for a MPC box ?


90115534
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said by darcilicious:

And neither require codecs to be installed.

Do they work with subtitles ?


darcilicious
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said by 90115534:

Oh ok.

Aren't they a whole huge application mainly for a MPC box ?

They play in a window just like any other video player. They don't require codecs to be installed. They DO want to organize your media for you (per their product descriptions). If that's too much good stuff for you then I would go with VLC for "simple" video file playback that again, doesn't require codecs to be installed.
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darcilicious
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said by 90115534:

said by darcilicious:

And neither require codecs to be installed.

Do they work with subtitles ?

Yes, per the websites I posted.
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John2g
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reply to 90115534
Smplayer


jap
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smplayer or MPC for people who like to maintain codecs and demand a light footprint, VLC for everyone else.
Despite VLC's slightly looser code it's still respectable and rarely needs futzing with. Best all-around UI, functionality and dev currency for most users, IMO.

edit: hey, after settling-in, please come back and let us know what you tried and how you liked it/them.

art22gg
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If not the "Best",this one is very ,very close to it...

»www.aimp2.us/

Also available as a portable version...»portableapps.com/apps/music_vide···portable


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said by 90115534:

So what is the best Media Player nowadays?

VLC Media Player in my opinion, since it ruggedly plays every format I've ever thrown at it and its self-contained so no third party codecs are needed on your system.

»www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html

In advanced options are crazy amounts of settings if you want to tinker around with the experience, like tweak it to work better over a slow wireless network.


Oleg
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For Videos it is VLC and for music it is AIMP3.

activoice

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York, ON
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I've got XBMC on my HTPC. But if you're not building an audio/video library and you just want a player.

I use KMPlayer for Video (it can also handle audio if you want). And I have just switched from Winamp lite to AIMP3.

PotPlayer is also very good for Video, except it's not very well known and the primary site is in Korean....


Weirdal
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I used to play the whole codec pack+GOM or MPC game, but I switched to VLC exclusively the last couple years. It has some quirks that I'm not fond of, but the benefits outweigh them . They did add a frame advance feature recently, which was always my biggest complaint.

I also like the ability to play videos from the web. You can just copy a video's url and drop it in the player. The record feature is great, too; makes it easy to cut out clips without using virtualdub or something (and again, futzing around with codecs).
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