[Review] Windows Media Players

ZPlayer pic
Zoom Player
Type: Shareware,
Website: http://www.inmatrix.com/
This media player is surprisingly very user-friendly and feature-rich for its very small installation size. Also, this player boasts for leaving the smallest footprint on the computer processes. Possibly the main highlight of this player is its intuitiveness to find and install the right codec if the existing codecs do not support that particular file. Another benefit of this player is the fact that it can also act as a media center and as a player. And most of all, this player loads up very quick.

However, there are certainly some features that this player needs improvement on. The first part is frame capture, since it can only capture and save that screenshot as bitmap format (.bmp). Secondly, the aesthetics of the player are quite distasteful along with the fact that there are very few skins available to cover this loss. Whereas some might see this as a boon or a benefit, every single key on the keyboard has a function.

MPC pic
Media Player Classic (MPC)
Type: Freeware, Open Source
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_Player_Classic
The most basic, yet reliable media player for those who prefer old school windows or retro applications. It does just about everything that zoom player can do with the exception of the media center feature. Also, MPC allows the user to customize the number screenshots for the whole movie/episode and the output format. Another benefit of this player is that it is very small and can act as a standalone player.

As of now, I have not found any complaints for this fine player.

KMP pic
Type: Freeware
Website: http://www.kmplayer.com/forums/index.php
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_KMPlayer
This is one of the best players I have encountered as of now. There are plenty of skins to replace the default one. Also, this player has numerous features that I cannot list at the moment. Nonetheless, its long list of supported formats along with ease of use and eyecandy has certainly made this player a very nice alternative to the regular Windows Media Player (WMP).

For those who still like the WMP look, there is a skin that looks exactly like WMP for KMPlayer.

Additional information: http://www.kmplayer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=141

**Attention** – The players listed above can be portable as well.

Topics not discussed in this article for lack of focus:
For those who still like the Divx Player interface but do not like the bloat associated with it, one can use Gom Player or BSPlayer.VLC is still the swiss army knife of video playback but not discussed here due to almost everyone knowing its existence and capability. Also, this player tends to hog memory like no other and has a lot more features that a typical user would not need on a daily basis.

About Sunfizz

Linux RN guru who likes technology and animation.

Posted on January 4, 2008, in Computer Programs, Software and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I use wmp mainly for playing audios.
    Crystal Player for most videos.
    Kmplayer for FLV files.
    Also have GOM player and Media Player classic installed.

  2. I use WMP just for playing audio and video. I don’t want to burden my system more by eating up more hard drive space when there is a player already on my system.

    Guess you can call me a minimalistic of some sort.😛

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