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Which media player is your favorite

state the name of the player and the features u like, things u don't like, plus features you would request

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
for me, i like VLC player
why i like it?
it plays almost everything
it plays unfinished downloaded files, zipped files, image files
adjust the colors well
and som more stuffs

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
what i don't like
choosing which Disc drive to play from - u hav to manually tpe it in....
playing DVD with Menu's - most time can't click on the play menu on som DVDs
it does'nt hav repeat playing
can't remember anything else yet

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
features i would like is
to fix these issues
Picture in Picture
Soften & Sharpen feature
support more file types

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another thing, can u send links of these media players?

Edited by ideas, 28 July 2006 - 07:59 AM.



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I use :

MPC + ffdshow,
Plays everything, light, and only plays medias.
It can also record if you need.

MPC (official builds) : http://sourceforge.n...cts/guliverkli/
MPC (nightly) : http://ffdshow.faire...Player Classic/

Also, MPlayer+MPUI (NB: gMPlayer for windows is official now)
MPUI is a frontend for MPlayer which is a command-line player, the best frontend imho.
MPlayer is able to dump stream, audio, video or both.
It plays even more than vlc.
It decodes and seek sooo fast, the only choice if you need a previewer for a P2P client.
Last it's really light.
Oh, and forgot : decoding quality is excellent.

MPlayer (official, mainly standalone but you may need so files from the official package) : http://www.mplayerhq...sign7/news.html
download : http://www.mplayerhq...ign7/dload.html
CVS builds (platform optimized) : http://ffdshow.faire...mirror/mplayer/
MPUI : http://mpui.sourceforge.net/ (to be put in the same folder as mplayer.exe)

Edited by Camarade_Tux, 27 July 2006 - 01:31 PM.


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sounds nice

Edited by ideas, 27 July 2006 - 01:30 PM.


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Of course, forgot.

Gonna edit my post. ;)

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MPUI (MPlayer Frontend), MPC (MediaPlayerClassic) + FFDShow, rulesPlayer (another MPlayer Frontend), VLC, XMPlay (audio player).
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the only 2 media players that i use are foobar2000 and Media Player Classic. foobar2000 is what i use for my huge collection of music and Media Player Classic for videos and single music files. there is nothing better than the combination of those two :)

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MPUI (MPlayer Frontend), MPC (MediaPlayerClassic) + FFDShow, rulesPlayer (another MPlayer Frontend), VLC, XMPlay (audio player).


rulesPlayer looks nice.
But I'm wondering how old it is. Is it more than 2 months old ?

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i use iTunes for my music collection, i always hated apple, but then before i got my iPod i started using iTunes and i like it. its easy to use. i just like the way it organizes my music, all in one list. its better than Win media player in that respect. Winamp has that feature, but im not crazy about the look of winamp anymore. iv gone off it it :unsure:

anyway, regards

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Use Zoom Pleyer, plays many media codes when properly equip. It also shows a list of codecs that can't be played do to it missing it. So to fix that Here is the best configuratio

ZOOM Player
Cole2K Pack - Advance
Quicktime Standalone or Quicktime /w ITunes
Realplayer
Realmedia extenstion - enables real media to play with zoom
shoutcast
cdda
osoggsplitter

List partial list of codecs used with Zoom -

> DIVX 3.11:
Found: (FF800001) ffdshow MPEG-4 Video Decoder (v1.0.2.2605)
Found: (FF800000) DivX Decoder Filter (v6.2.0.8)
Found: (00600000) Nero Video Decoder (v2.1.6.1)

> DIVX 4+:
Found: (FF800001) ffdshow MPEG-4 Video Decoder (v1.0.2.2605)
Found: (FF800000) DivX Decoder Filter (v6.2.0.8)
Found: (00600000) Nero Video Decoder (v2.1.6.1)

> XVID:
Found: (FF800001) ffdshow MPEG-4 Video Decoder (v1.0.2.2605)
Found: (00600000) Nero Video Decoder (v2.1.6.1)

> MPEG2 Video (SVCD/VOB):
Found: (00400000) InterVideo Video Decoder (v7.0.27.172)
Found: (00600000) CyberLink Video/SP Decoder (Unknown)
Found: (00602000) CyberLink Video/SP Decoder (PDVD7) (v6.0.2.2806)

> MPEG2 Audio (SVCD/VOB):
Found: (00700000) InterVideo Audio Decoder (v7.0.27.172)
Found: (00601000) CyberLink Audio Decoder (Unknown)
Found: (00602000) CyberLink Audio Decoder (PDVD7) (v6.0.0.2806)
Found: (3FFFFFFF) ffdshow Audio Decoder (v1.0.2.2605)
Found: (00400000) Nero Digital Audio Decoder (v1.9.12.0)

> Vorbis:
Found: (3FFFFFFF) ffdshow Audio Decoder (v1.0.2.2605)

> AAC:
Found: (3FFFFFFF) ffdshow Audio Decoder (v1.0.2.2605)
Found: (00400000) Nero Digital Audio Decoder (v1.9.12.0)
Found: (00800000) CoreAAC Audio Decoder (v1.2.0.573)

> AAC Parser:
Found: (00400000) AAC Parser (v1.1.0.0)

> AC3:
Found: (00700000) InterVideo Audio Decoder (v7.0.27.172)
Found: (00601000) CyberLink Audio Decoder (Unknown)
Found: (00602000) CyberLink Audio Decoder (PDVD7) (v6.0.0.2806)
Found: (3FFFFFFF) ffdshow Audio Decoder (v1.0.2.2605)

> DTS:
Found: (00700000) InterVideo Audio Decoder (v7.0.27.172)
Found: (3FFFFFFF) ffdshow Audio Decoder (v1.0.2.2605)

> AC3 XForm (required by some of the AC3 Decoders, not all):
Found: (00680000) AC3 from AVI XForm (v1.0.0.0)
Found: (00400000) AVI<->AC3/DTS (v1.0.0.0)

> CDXA Reader (SVCD Disc Images):
Found: (00400000) RIFF/CDXA Source (v8.1.0.0)

> CD Audio:
Found: (00400000) CDDA Reader (v1.0.0.1)

> Matroska:
Found: (00800001) Haali Media Splitter (v1.6.162.22)

> OGM:
Found: (00600001) Ogg Splitter (v1.0.0.0)

> RealMedia:
Found: (00600000) RealMedia Splitter (v1.0.1.1)

> RealVideo:
Found: (00400000) RealVideo Decoder (v1.0.1.1)

> RealAudio:
Found: (00400000) RealAudio Decoder (v1.0.1.1)

> FLAC Audio:
Found: (00600000) CoreFLAC Audio Decoder (v0.4.0.46)
Found: (3FFFFFFF) ffdshow Audio Decoder (v1.0.2.2605)

> Monkey Audio:
Found: (00600000) RadLight APE DirectShow Filter (v1.0.0.4)

> OptimFROG Audio:
Found: (00600000) RadLight OptimFROG DirectShow Filter (v1.0.0.1)

> MPEG Layer-3 Audio (MP3):
Found: (00400000) File Source (MP3) (Unknown)

> MPC Audio:
Found: (00600000) RadLight MPC DirectShow Filter (v1.0.0.4)

> SHOUTcast Streaming Radio:
Found: (00400000) ShoutcastSource (v1.0.0.1)

> Subtitle Support:
Found: (00800002) DirectVobSub (auto-loading version) (v1.0.0.9)

Edited by Shindo_Hikaru, 27 July 2006 - 03:16 PM.

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winamp for audio


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Winamp 2.91 for audio
Winamp 2.91 for video using VID4WA plugin (+full dvd support)

Plays any audio\video as long as the codecs are installed.

Reason for winamp 2.91? Does what I need with low resource usage and zero complaints.

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Winamp 2.91 for audio
Winamp 2.91 for video using VID4WA plugin (+full dvd support)

Plays any audio\video as long as the codecs are installed.

Reason for winamp 2.91? Does what I need with low resource usage and zero complaints.

thats a great verrsion of winamp for older computers or if you just dont need/want all the extra stuff. besides, it does what winamp 5.1 does, plays mp3's right?

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I chose realplayer because it's easy to use and looks cool

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Latest winamp for music.

And another vote for ZoomPlayer for video (it TRULY blows everything else away in terms of playback configuration i.e. custom media playback mode; ffdshow for post-processing!) I also VLC and MPC occasionnaly... They're not bad, but it's not quite ZP.
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VLC is the best, i've tried all ur players except for zoom and VLC performed better....

pls send the link for zoomplayer

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Here is the link to Zoom Player
http://www.inmatrix.com/
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Winamp 2.91 for audio
Winamp 2.91 for video using VID4WA plugin (+full dvd support)

Plays any audio\video as long as the codecs are installed.

Reason for winamp 2.91? Does what I need with low resource usage and zero complaints.

thats a great verrsion of winamp for older computers or if you just dont need/want all the extra stuff. besides, it does what winamp 5.1 does, plays mp3's right?


Does everything 5.1 does but without the cd burning capabilities. Also does everything most other players can do while playing every format I've come across.

Edited by Chozo4, 28 July 2006 - 01:36 PM.


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i've tested them all and the playback does'nt run smooth, but i like the GUI of zoom

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i've tested them all and the playback does'nt run smooth, but i like the GUI of zoom


If the playback isn't smooth, then it's a configuration problem (or perhaps a filter or drivers issue). I've *never* even had that happen, even in "simple" mode. It's quite lightweight, so i can't see it cause the problems itself (had it running perfectly fine on a Duron 800 a few years ago).

The real strenght of ZP is the configuration (one could argue that there is such a thing as too many options though, but I like it that way- btw, you gotta pick advanced mode). The most useful part of this being the custom media playback mode. Which is only useful if you know what you're doing... You pick the actual renderer you want (not whatever the player feels like like with every other player). You pick the demuxer for every container (MS', gabest, haali, etc - useful for sometimes with some "picky" files). You get to pick what filter decodes each format (be it ffdshow, xvid, elecard, or whatever you want instead of whatever crappy decoder the other players will semi-randonly pick for you - based on filter merit alone), or even stack 'em! Extremely useful for DVDs... Decode with whatever mpeg2 decoder your eyes prefer (nvidia's in my case) and then post-process & scale with ffdshow! (try doing that with another player!) No other player will let you get a better picture quality. Same for audio, you pick the decoder as always (and can use DS filters for effects if you so please too)... You can even make your own filtergraphs with graphedit and use 'em in it (again, something no other player supports). This feature also enables it to work on PCs where nothing else will work as some codec pack (nimo and such) screwed up everything badly. This is a *NECESSARY* feature as far as i'm concerned, and NO other player has it AFAIK.

Also, the GUI and menus are nice and well laid out (better than every other player IMHO). So easy to get to anything you need (DirectShow filter properties, aspect ratio controls, etc). And every single key/mouse action/event can be remapped. It's the only player besides WMP (which I truly dislike) that can also play DRM'ed WMV files (like my copy of T2 extreme and such). Works great for HTPCs and remote controls too. It supports pretty much all formats/containers/subs and all as well (DVDs, H.264, flash, matroska, etc).

The big downside? Too complicated/too much work for most people to configure. And it's not free either (well, the std ed is, but it's severely crippled) - 35$ IIRC, but it's definitely worth it (to me at least).

If one doesn't need/want those features, then VLC is usually a good pick (good for previewing temp files too), or MPC if one doesn't care for VLC's GUI (especially the seeking bar)
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Zoom Player + DSFP + FFDShow :angel
A highly advanced DirectShow Media Player for music, video, dvd.

Edited by CoRoNe, 30 July 2006 - 04:01 AM.

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currently trying out media player classic 6.4.8.7 and am trying to change the color ( brightness, contrast, hue, saturation ) of a xvid file and it won't change....

how can i change this?
plus i hav all the codecs ( using Advance FilterCodecPack )


i don't see all the fuss over zoom player & its extras
can u tell me all its features or all its advantages over VLC player?

Edited by ideas, 30 July 2006 - 04:00 PM.


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Windows Media Player 11 for video (i almost never watch videos on my pc.... i have a pretty big home theatre setup, why should i use a 15" monitor with only 2 speakers? :thumbup )

Quintessential Player for audio

its old and discontinued (though they recently reopened the work, but no new final version, just betas) but its still the very best (yes, better than winamp, better than itunes, way better than WMP.. well, for music)

just see it for yourself: www.quinnware.com
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Winamp 5 for Audio, and Power DVD XP for DVD's
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winamp for audio and mpc for video (and dvd)

they can both run as standalone apps, and can be easily assosiated with their tyoes

also, they're tiny!

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I use ITunes for my music and my music videos only. for other I use WMP 11, winamp and quicktime 7 pro.

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