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VLC v3.0.21 Updated

gbrao on 9 Jun 2024
  • 181MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 8 Jun 2024
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

VLC is a skinnable, feature-rich media player that supports a wide variety of multimedia file and streaming formats. It can play files while they download, from inside RAR files, online radio stations, convert video formats and much more.

The software can also behave as a streaming server for delivering video in unicast or multicast mode.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes. If following "How to extract".
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the latest (64 or 32 bit) ZIP or 7Z package
  2. Extract to a folder of your choice.
  3. Create a subfolder called portable (and keep it when upgrading)
  4. Launch vlc.exe.

Optionally, delete unnecessary locales, and avoid optional traces by running (see this) VLC with a custom config like vlc --config=zero-cache containing:
[qt]
qt-recentplay=0
qt-privacy-ask=0

[core]
plugins-cache=0
Similar/alternative apps: MPC-HC, SMPlayer, PotPlayer
What's new? See:
  1. https://www.videolan.org/vlc/releases/
Latest comments
lwc on 2021-11-05 04:05

Per the last comment (or rather comments), it's true VLC is infamous for never including the 64 bit in the regular download page.
I've therefore edited the entry to link to an official archive (more techy page) that always contains both the latest 64 and 32 bit versions (in both 7Z and regular ZIP).

PAFuser on 2022-03-07 20:48

Also available from PortableApps.com (32 bit). (64 bit can replace PortableApps 32 bit files.)

MoisheP on 2023-10-13 14:18

It might be easier for some to download the Windows installer, e.g., vlc-3.0.19-win64.exe directly from videolan.org and unpack using 7-Zip to the VLC folder.

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SMPlayer v24.5.0 Updated

SYSTEM on 15 May 2024
  • 225MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 15 May 2024
  • Suggested by Jainendra

SMPlayer is a feature-rich, skinnable player that views most media without any dependency on installed codecs, as well as streaming media, Youtube and DVD video. Audio, video and subtitle settings for individual files are all remembered between sessions so you can start again exactly where and how you left off. Supports subtitle downloading, youtube support, audio and subtitles delay adjustment, equalizer, filters, playlist support and much more.

The program is a frontend for MPlayer and mpv that also works on Linux. Alternatively, SMPlayer Portable (stealth and adjusts paths) and the outdated X-SMPlayer and are also available.

Category:
Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes. Under Options, Preferences, select Advanced, Advanced, and make sure Pass short filenames (8+3) to MPlayer is selected.
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract: Download the "portable" 7Z package (32- or 64-bit) and extract using a 7-Zip-compatible program to a folder of your choice. Launch smplayer.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: MPC-HC, VLC, PotPlayer
What's new?
  • Bug fixes.
  • The Windows portable version now saves the configuration files in the folder "config".
Latest comments
Andrew Lee on 2021-08-22 21:58

@dmiranda: Entry updated to remove WinXP.

dmiranda on 2024-05-17 13:39

Happy to tell that the last 2-3 versions are working well in XP now

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PotPlayer v240509 Updated

Andrew Lee on 11 May 2024
  • 122MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 May 2024
  • Suggested by Ruby

PotPlayer is a feature-rich media player that plays hundreds of different video and audio formats without any dependency on installed codecs, as well as streaming media and DVD video. The program includes configurable subtitles, audio and subtitles delay adjustment, video equalizer, 3D capabilities, playlist support, bookmarks, audio visualizations etc.

The program can also capture video sequences and record audio, split video and add processing filters. It can sleep or shut down the computer after a timer finishes or at a set time.

Alternatively, PotPlayer Portable is also available.

Category:
Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create an empty text file named PotPlayerMini.ini (PotPlayerMini64.ini for the 64-bit version) and paste the following contents:

    [Settings]

  3. Launch PotPlayerMini.exe or PotPlayerMini64.exe

Optionally, remove the following folders: $COMMONFILES, $PLUGINSDIR, and $SYSDIR
Similar/alternative apps: Media Player Classic - Home Cinema, VLC Media Player
What's new? See:
https://t1.daumcdn.net/potplayer/PotPlayer/v4/Update2/UpdateEng.html
Latest comments
Andrew Lee on 2023-07-08 08:07

@loin2kolpotoru: Any reference for this? The official website and a couple of places I search seems to indicate that it still supports WinXP.

loin2kolpotoru on 2023-07-09 14:58

I have personally tried to install latest version of PotPlayer on xp but it displayed error message PotPlayer only supports vista or later os.

Plus here we can see what is the last xp supported version -
https://www.videohelp.com/software/PotPlayer

Andrew Lee on 2023-07-10 01:49

@loin2kolpotoru: Thanks for the info! I have updated the entry and removed XP support.

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Media Player Classic - Home Cinema v2.2.0 Updated

Andrew Lee on 5 Apr 2024
  • 57MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Apr 2024
  • Suggested by Rick

GitHub user clsid' fork of Media Player Classic - Home Cinema (MPC-HC) is a lightweight player with broad format support. It includes keyboard shortcuts, audio/video controls, a web interface for remote control and more. The program is derived from Media Player Classic (MPC), a media player that mimics the interface of Windows Media Player 6.4, and adds support for EVR rendering, H.264 and VC-1 video hardware acceleration, bugfixes, additional languages, decoders and more.

Note: this is a fork of the original version that ceased development in 2017.

Category:
Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP or 7z package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Delete unnecessary language files
  3. Create an empty text file and name it mpc-hc.ini or mpc-hc64.ini (the INI file basically needs to have the same name as the EXE).
  4. Launch mpc-hc.exe or mpc-hc64.exe
Similar/alternative apps: SMPlayer
What's new? See: https://github.com/clsid2/mpc-hc/releases
Latest comments
__philippe on 2017-04-05 15:45

@starshakur

.ini fixed, innit ? ...;-)

billon on 2017-07-16 19:12

"v1.7.13, the latest, and probably the last release of our project…"
:(

MIKLO on 2017-08-26 13:58

No matter what IMO Media Player Classic has always been, and will always be the best overall Media Player. I've been using for a very long time on many different OS's and it fulfilled my needs on all of them. I like the look and all the rest, maybe I'm being partial but so what it works 4me :) Great job by the makers so thanks for the hard work.
MIKLO

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Xelitan Video Player v1.5 Updated

Ennovy on 16 Mar 2024
  • 29MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 Mar 2024
  • Suggested by Tomxe

Xelitan Video Player is a straightforward video player with lots of built-in video, audio and image decoders.

List of features:

  • comes with built-in decoders
  • supported video formats: MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV, 3GP, WEBM and more
  • supported audio formats: MP3, OGG, M4A, WAV, MID and more
  • supported image formats: JPEG, PNG, PSD, TIF, BMP, GIF, WEBP, TGA and more
  • supported subtitle formats: SubRipper, TmPlayer, SubStation Alpha and more
  • configurable plaback speed (25% - 400%)
  • video filters
  • saving screenshots
  • supports playlists
  • can play videos directly from the web
  • no ads
  • full version

Category:
Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch XelitanPlayer.EXE.
Similar/alternative apps: VLC
What's new?
  • better handling of playlists
  • bug fixes
Latest comments
Tomxe on 2024-02-10 11:20

New options in 1.4:
1) Video -> Movie thumbnails
2) Info -> Movie info

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mpv.net v7.1.1.0

Andrew Lee on 3 Feb 2024
  • 82MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 2 Feb 2022
  • Suggested by Midas

mpv.net is a media player based on mpv. It's a highly advanced and extremely configurable player that targets power users. Unlike similar tools, the program uses FFmpeg for decoding instead of relying on DirectShow or Media Foundation. mpv.net adds a modern GUI on top of mpv but retains mpv's command line support.

mpv has OpenGL video output with support for several video scaling algorithms, color management, interpolation, HDR, D3D11VA and DXVA2 hardware video decoding, and more.

Category:
Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.2
Stealth: ? No. HKCU\Software\mpv.net
Unicode support: Yes
License: MIT License
How to extract:
  1. Download the "portable" ZIP or 7Z package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Within the folder, create a subfolder named portable_config
  3. Launch mpvnet.exe
Similar/alternative apps: SMPlayer
What's new? See: https://github.com/stax76/mpv.net/releases

Flash Movie Player v2.1

Andrew Lee on 20 Nov 2023
  • 463KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 15 Nov 2023
  • Suggested by simon

Flash Movie Player is a stand-alone player for Flash .SWF files. It requires the Macromedia Flash Player plugin to be installed on the target machine. It adds advanced features such as animation rewinding, advanced full screen mode, playlists, browser cache integration and EXE projectors support.

Category:
Runs on:Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice.
  2. Rename $OUTDIR to language.
  3. Remove $PLUGINSDIR and [NSIS].nsi.
  4. Launch fmp.exe.
What's new? See:
https://www.eolsoft.com/freeware/flash_movie_player/whatsnew.htm
Latest comments
joby_toss on 2014-11-25 07:39

On most cnet download pages, if you scroll to the bottom of the page, there will be a direct download link for the software, avoiding the bundled cnet installer: http://i.imgur.com/xlp0V6M.png That being said, I still prefer other download sources instead of cnet.

juvera on 2014-11-25 13:14

@joby_toss: Thank you!

juverax on 2021-11-08 02:22

https://www.eolsoft.com/freeware/flash_movie_player/
Current version is 2.0 (latest update: 10 June 2021).

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MPUI-hcb v20230629

Andrew Lee on 2 Jul 2023
  • 66MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 29 Jun 2023
  • Suggested by Island Boy

MPUI-hcb is a lightweight audio/video player for most formats without requiring external codecs. The program offers support for DVD menus, loading archives including RAR, 7Z and ZIP media, subtitles and lyrics. Subtitle scale video aspect, DVD menu etc. are all mouse-controlled.

The program is a front-end for MPlayer.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. DVD playback creates a %APPDATA%\dvdcss folder.
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GPL v2
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a temporary folder
  2. Move the contents of $HWNDPARENT to a folder of your choie
  3. In the application folder, create an empty text file and name it MPUI.ini
  4. Launch MPUI.exe
Similar/alternative apps: SMPlayer, MPlayer WW, MPUI
What's new? See: https://sourceforge.net/p/mpui-hcb/code/HEAD/tree/
Latest comments
Emka on 2014-12-06 18:07

There seem to have been some updates, the files on sourceforge howwever give a date instead of a version number.

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Light Alloy v4.11.2

webfork on 31 May 2021
  • 36MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 30 Apr 2021
  • Suggested by joby_toss

Light Alloy is a lightweight, feature-rich, customisable media player. The program can play a long list of audio, video, and playlist formats, DVD/Blue-Ray, internet radio stations, and online videos including YouTube. The program supports keyboard shortcuts, global keys and tray control.

Includes available Internet radio recording capability.

Category:
Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch LA.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: MPC-HC, PotPlayer, SMPlayer
What's new? See:
https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https://light-alloy.com/releases/
Latest comments
hamasaki on 2016-12-26 06:14

Portable link on Fosshub is a 404.

smaragdus on 2016-12-26 06:49

@hamasaki
Use Mirror 1 - http://light-alloy.ru/LA_Portable_v4.9.0.rar

ozziguy on 2016-12-26 09:01

The Fosshub link does work but not with any download manager

Note that XP and Vista support has been removed from the 4.9 series, so grab 4.8.8.2 while you still can

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KMPlayer v4.2.2.48 Adware

lautrepay on 17 Apr 2023
  • 80MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 11 Jan 2021
  • Suggested by Fluffy

KMPlayer is a audio/video player that supports a wide range of file formats, including AVI, MKV, MPEG, OGM, MP4, ASF etc. without any additional codecs installed. It also has full VCD/DVD playback functionality. In addition, it is able to play incomplete/damaged AVI files, or media files that are locked while downloading or sharing.

Note: In the past, this application managed open source components against the terms of their respective licenses. The current status of this is unclear.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice.
  2. Launch KMPlayer.exe.
  3. Open "Preferences" window, click on "General", and check "Store Settings to KMPcfg.ini".

Alternatively, before launching KMPlayer.exe create a file called KMPCfg.ini in the EXE folder with these lines of text:

[\Software\KMPlayer\KMP4.0\OptionArea]
ConfigUseIni=int:1
AutoUpdate=int:0

The folders $TEMP and $PLUGINSDIR may also be removed to save space.
Similar/alternative apps: Light Alloy
Latest comments
kanu on 2017-05-23 05:20

webfork: Thanks for answering. It looks like the file I got from MajorGeeks is corrupted because I redownloaded and still didn't extract correctly. I searched for another host and now all the files extract as usual.
(Looks like I can't post vtotal urls here)
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(1) SHA256: 9163946ab2c859240f1d5372710ee3d9acb6a74b62b034d2c6f61e359bafedee
(2) SHA256: c4cf673211a6c894786666c2018f9563be63fe1b45cc67784fb1476638553e2a

apometron on 2017-09-30 15:50

The Brazilian Portuguese is not the real language, because Files in Brazilian are not "ficheiros". They are called "Arquivos". =( I have to change to English, because Portuguese of Portugal is not my preference.

bitcoin on 2018-07-20 20:11

forum link goes to a thread on PM Wiki

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