KMPlayer is a versatile multi media player which can cover a various different types of contained formats. Without any separate Codec, you are able to play any media files because KMP has its’ own internal Codec. Supported Codec are separated by internal & external. For the sound Codec, KMPlayer supports MPEG1, 2, AAC, WMA 7, 8, OGG & etc. and it additionally supports matrix function/normalizer function when internal sound Codec is being used.
When everything comes down to using a media player that is feature rich and easy to use, KMPlayer definitely stands out. The development of the player has its roots in South Korea, by the developer Kang Yong-Hee and has been bought by the largest video streaming company in Korea, Pandora TV in 2007. Also known as K-Multimedia player or KMP, it offers many advanced features, supports a wide range of codecs and formats, is extremely customizable and is available in multiple languages.
A minimalistic, user friendly and functional interface, all the options are available to you on right click in the main window which gives access to the players extensive features. The player offers quick playback and a fully skinable interface that change upon every new playing track. The basic player controls are available at the bottom. Towards the left ,the system time is displayed that changes into elapsed/total playback time when a file is loaded. Also you can view information regarding the file and filters, set audio streams and repeat and shuffle options. Volume control is present towards the right along with toggling shade mode, navigate and open files, tools menu giving access to screen and color controls as well as change the video effects (sharpen, deinterlace, etc) and a playlist editor. Personally I like the mouse over animated buttons on the top to add folders, access help menu and the close button.
KMPlayer hosts a myriad of features but the lack of a help file for this advanced media player is quite a shame. Its an all-in-one media player that handles both audio and video, and supports a wide range of different formats, almost everything that I’ve thrown onto it, meaning that once installed you don’t have to search for another player. For media playback, it includes almost all the essential decoders required built in. Additionally KMP also supports 3rd party codecs and also doesn’t install the codecs on the computer like other codecs do. Most public codec packs+players forces codecs to register on your computer, while KMP does not. This means that installing KMP will not affect your computer at all.
The player has full VCD/DVD playback functionality, set multifarious audio and video effects, control playback speed and octave, sharpen and change picture properties, apply external filters, select parts of a video as favorites, make video captures within the program, do an exceptionally strong A-B repeat, matrix/normalizer options through built-in voice codec, remap the keys of remote interface for HTPC including overlay screen controls, change a skin dynamically depending on a media type playing, and many more.
On the surface, KMPlayer looks like any other basic media player, but when users get into advanced video settings, it really distinguishes itself as an advanced video controller and media discovery engine. It is also the only media player we have tested that is beginning to develop for 3D display options, which shows that it has an eye on emerging trends. KMPlayer has also become the de facto media player for webcasting world championship video game tournaments, which has earned it a very devout niche following. Beyond that target market, it appeals to any user interested in a highly customizable video experience.
The music functionality is pretty lacking; so if you’re looking for a media player that also functions as a music management tool, this might not be the best choice. With so many customization options for video playback, some intro-level users might get bogged down in all the menus and preferences. Other users who want a stripped-down video player might get frustrated with all of the content discovery aspects, as KMPlayer is always bringing up ads and links for third-party content.
Advanced users who want total control over their video playback will love the features and customization options that come with KMPlayer, but basic users may get turned off by all the menus from which they can adjust the fine details of the videos. Music lovers might want to find another media player, but if you want total control over videos including Blu-Ray playback and 3D video rendering, KMPlayer is hands down the best free option.
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