I have been using kmplayer (K-Multimedia Player) since 2007 and i never switched to any other media player.
I mean it played all formats i have given it as a test and it worked flawlessly except .flv issue(it sometimes crashed while playing a few flv files), but now that its fixed, i never had any other issue.
I never used vlc player on my windows xp and windows 7 OS. But i had to use it on linux mint as kmplayer required direct3d.(had problems with wine too). I found it ok but still i liked kmplayer much much better.(IDK why).
I always have Media Player Classic (MPC) since it is indeed “classic” solid player … plus if you into codecs you can have additional codecs pack installed like K-lite despite that’s not necessary for MPC basic functionality
Good thins to have are Quick Time Lite Alternative and Real Player Alternative, but mainly for browser PlugIns.
As for VLC - it is and was my 1rst choice anyway.
What makes it special in addition to its ability to play anything (& convert as a matter of fact) is its outstanding capabilities regarding streaming. I may restrain myself from being too wordy about that. You definitely can find many articles out there. But briefly: if go overseas and want to watch whatever TV programs / DVDs are set to be played at home – you can do that.
In addition many plyers that are allowing you to watch live (recorded, etc.) TV are choosing VLC as a Plugin (despite sure that does not require VLC being installed itself)
As for installation, if you want just check it out you can test it using VLC Portable version
This way you will just wipe out the folder in case you don’t like it for some reason (which I cannot imagine )
All mentioned Software can be downloaded and updated at Codec Guide
and here is where to get Portable VLC Music & Video . I deliberately placed the main index, since you can find other recommended portable Players and related cool stuff there
In my view MPC does not have a catchy GUI.
I use kmplayer because there innumerous features that everyday i learn a new one. Its just like game of chess to me.
It may appear a bit complicated even for a average user( there is no manual available). But at the same time, at least for me, thats where all the fun is.
In my view its not a bloat though.
If you open kmplayer, the u can see fairly simple interface. Complication comes when u enable advanced menu option.
Ya i know i will enjoy VLC player as i have used it in linux. But as far as windows OS is concerned, i will stick with kmplayer. May be its because it is the first media player i fell in love with.(Let anything happen but you will not forget ur first crush\love).
EDIT: As far as skins are concerned, kmplayer also has a variety of skins.(you have to download the separately).
I don’t use either one. I have Media Player Classic which has a decent amount of codecs built in and I also use FormatFactory for my ripping and fiie conversion. The combination of those 2 gives you every codec you would ever need. Most of the time I just play things with Media Player 10 though. With the codecs from Format Factory and the Cyberlink DVD codecs HP bundled, I can play anything with it except MOV files. With QT Lite, Media Player Classic handles those without the need to install the annoying full QuickTime package.
Yes, that was a huge and unforgivable mistake! … just joking.
The image you provided is just the size on disc that programs are occupying – that doesn’t mean a lot in the context of what we were discussing, and the difference is not “critical”. Most importantly it doesn’t mean yet that some reviews and the developers are liars regarding the resources usage.
That would be more helpful if you compare and add figures to the list above
a side note: I just updated my K-Lite Codecs Pack and the latest MPC size is ~ 5.44MB (and it was in that range like that before) The latest version is 1.3.1430.0
Probably this SPlayer could be attractive for some to test regarding the convenience of getting subtitle… I don’t know since I haven’t tested it.
The “calling home” may not be the bad thing because name the program that doesn’t. It depends on what is “that call” If that is auto update or accessing DB with information about the media / trying to find subtitles… that is fine and by idea could be configured “not to”
But the dirty trick with hijacking associations that is really disgusting action if that’s done by default. Who needs and likes that? That deserves punishment.
That’s true but both Alternative Players in addition to MPC as it was mentioned are good to have for browser plugins.
In order just to watch <>.MOV including HD (H264) content you can use IrfanView, for example.
The latter is anyway helpful program to have. It has many advanced features. One of the things I like - is the ability to test & use PhotoShop compatible plugins.
I use VLC as my default player on my portable HD and on my 'nux machines. But I never get deeper or toying around with it as much as I played KMP.
I like KMP over VLC, because it has numerous advanced options that enable me to adjust many things while watching a movie. Plus it has this flash based album interface thingy that helps my kids find their movies with just a simple scroll of a mouse.
I’ve been using MPC as part of RealAlternative for a couple of years. With the ‘lite’ version of MPC, ffdshow can be used for the codecs instead of having a big download of codecs that might cause conflicts.
Having read this thread, I’m trying VLC Portable and have a couple of questions:
ffdshow is a “post-processor” that uses filters to enhance/change whatever was already processed by the player using codecs (internal or external)
VLC (and similar “self-contained” player) is using internal built in codecs and it does its own post-processing.
As far as I know both ffdshow and VLC are using the same libavcodec.
That is one of the beauties of VLC and that is why it can be portable.
As for the docked Play List… - see the attached. Is that what you are looking for?
I really don’t have time for that currently – setting up the new laptop for my friend with win7 x64 installed. That’s a lot of work and I wanna get rid of having that system here ASAP