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  • MPC-HC icon

    MPC-HC

    MPC-HC is an extremely light-weight, open source media player for Windows. It supports all common video and audio file formats available for playback. We are...

    Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

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    • Run everything (with "K-lite mega codec pack" is perfect). BIr4Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • It's FOSS, just like VLC, but has much more cleaner and logical GUI, it's very light on resources and works great with LAV Filters and FFDshow (if one wants to have some extra configurable postprocessing options). AtoshiDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Doesn't need any external codec and uses less procesing power than VLC. Also, it has better subtitle support and better scaling quality via madVR. Perfect for 4K, HEVC, Opus, hi10p MKV, etc. Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Better streaming buffering, runs custom enhanced codecs like LAV filters and madVR, borderless mode is perfect. bumbaMar 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • x265 HEVC Support is amazing. VLC takes 10second to jump playback but MPC-HC doesn't take any. ugurozturkApr 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Is more user-friendly, specially the HC and the BE versions at the cost of less advanced features. TikiThorsenJun 2015 Disagree   Agree
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    Daum PotPlayer

    KMPlayer's developer started a new project for Daum, the PotPlayer. It feels like the KMPlayer, but is in active development. It supports almost every video format...

    Free Windows

    • Works with most formats out of the box. Mostly configure for skins, key shortcuts etc. Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • It plays almost any media files, features rich, customize any thing with hundreds of themes. Best for laptops. Guest • May 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    MPV

    MPV is an audio and movie player based on MPlayer and mplayer2. It supports a wide variety of...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce

    • Reliably supports more newer encodes + minimal InsaneFromEarthJul 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • I had some rare cases were VLC and mplayer couldn't play a video correctly. MPV did it for me on Linux and Windows. Also like the GUI (or the lack of it) a lot more. vektorwegDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • There was a time when VLC was justifiably considered the best open-source cross-platform movie player. MPV has closed the gap substantially and is likely to work out-of-the-box in a minority of cases where VLC gets stuck. Excellent software. Open souce (trustworthy) and free, of course. JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Doesn't have hiccups VLC have during playbacks InsaneFromEarthJun 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    SMPlayer

    SMPlayer intends to be a complete front-end for MPlayer, from basic features like playing videos, DVDs, and VCDs to more advanced features like support for MPlayer...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD mpv PortableApps.com ... Haiku MPlayer

    • On Linux systems is much better than VLC,faster,with no bugs and read every kind of video file. Guest • Jun 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    MX Player

    MX Player - The best way to enjoy your movies. a) HARDWARE ACCELERATION - Hardware acceleration can be applied to more videos with the help of new H/W decoder. ...

    Freemium Android Android Tablet

    • Powerful, Support lots of formats. Easy to use Guest • Aug 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Really does a good job of playing a video with maximized settings. Looks gorgeous. HurDugggioDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • MPlayer icon

    MPlayer

    MPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems (see the documentation). It plays most MPEG/VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, RealMedia, Matroska...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD AmigaOS ... Xfce MorphOS

    • It read and play most media without any constraints. Guest • Mar 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    KMPlayer

    The KMPlayer is a versatile media player which can cover various types of container format.

    Free Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad

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    • Bundleware Be careful during installation. https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
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    Banshee

    Play your music and videos. Stay entertained and up to date with podcasts and video podcasts. Discover new music with Last.fm radio....

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    • Discontinued No new releases and features since 2014. Latest versions, 2.6.2 (stable) and 2.9.1 (development), released in February and March 2014, are still working and can be downloaded from the official website.
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    MPC-BE

    MPC-BE is a free and open source audio and video player for Windows. MPC-BE is based on the original Guliverkli project and "Media Player Classic Home...

    Open Source Windows

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VLC Media Player Comments

VLC is really the best for me 1 Helpful

Comment by michaelangelo1980
about VLC Media Player May 2017

VLC player still the best player for me.

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Comment by Bertha_Marshall
about VLC Media Player Apr 2017

I think it works just fine, i have used this for years and never had any issue with it. Very simple to use.
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VLC Media Player 3 Helpful

Positive Comment by mundonet
about VLC Media Player Apr 2017

I like this player, it would be convenient to have chromecast support

[tv player](http://mundonetutoriales.com/you-tv-player-apk/ )

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Extremely overrated 3 Helpful

Negative Comment by areels
about VLC Media Player Mar 2017

Vlc can't even fullfill basic smart things like autoloading subtitles like bsplayer. Default audio&video renderer is always poor. Potplayer is better than this but it can't successfully autoload subtitles either.

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VLC very helpful

Comment by thermotemp
about VLC Media Player Mar 2017

VLC is one of the best multi media player that i used since 5 years.

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vlc nope 1 Helpful

Negative Comment by tommyjonsson
about VLC Media Player Mar 2017

Vlc is great, using it on my movie pc.. Have windows 7 .
Using windows 10 on my mobile and there vlc sucks dick, it won't even play one stinking pls file, but on pc it can

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user friendly 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by harmansingh
about VLC Media Player Dec 2016

vlc plays videos and movies of many formats and also offers subtitle options and has good volume effects.

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plays almost all types of files 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by vikcyross
about VLC Media Player and RealPlayer Dec 2016

i downloaded VLC for a try. But now i only use vlc as it plays almost all types of video files and also has got some awesome features.

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:/ 1 Helpful

Negative Comment by igenn
about VLC Media Player Dec 2016

I had some issues (am i the only one?):
- green line on the bottom and on the right side
- could not play DVD's (menu was not working at all)
- problem with subtitle search (freezes during search, some forums said edit host file,other edit a file with hex-editor...no, i just hit the uninstall button,thx...clearly something is wrong with it)

On windows [MPC-HC](Small MPC-HC iconMPC-HC) is the best alternative to it if you have similar issues.

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el mejor reprodutor! 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by jaivark
about VLC Media Player Nov 2016

reproduce todo tipo de formato/multiplataforma /facil de usar

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My go to

Comment by thiagodcosta11
about VLC Media Player Nov 2016

I really prefer this one over any other, this has worked fine every time I have used it. I personally wouldn't change to another media player.

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Can`t actually decide

Comment by Libido
about VLC Media Player Oct 2016

Does KM Player works better than VLC Player? I used both of them and i like KM Player more. But it`s really trendy and i want to use less popular one.

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most great media player

Comment by saloma
about VLC Media Player Sep 2016

i think it's the most great media player

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great

Comment by louisbeckler784
about VLC Media Player Aug 2016

it works just fine and in every platform i have tried it, very good

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