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PotPlayer v1.7.13622 Updated

billon on 26 Jul 2018
  • 57MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 26 Jul 2018
  • 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:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: No
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

Optionally, remove the following folders: $COMMONFILES, $PLUGINSDIR, and $SYSDIR
Similar/alternative apps: Media Player Classic - Home Cinema, VLC Media Player
What's new?
  • New Built-in skin.
  • Added:
    • Dark mode to chat;
    • The ability to play Shorten (SHN) audio file;
    • The ability to show playlist thumbnail at 16:9.
  • Improved;
    • Handling in length calculation of MPEG file;
    • H264 DSC handling of video capture;
    • Cue playback processing.
  • Fixed:
    • An issue that can't play certain MPEG files;
    • A problem where subtitle navigation did not work properly;
    • A problem that screen was broken when playing certain WMV3;
    • A problem where subtitles did not synchronize finely when playing FLV file;
    • A problem where a plus friend message was not sent when broadcasting.
Latest comments
smaragdus on 2017-02-22 19:48

x32 version- 1.7.461
x64 version- 1.7.456
fire version for both- 1.7.456.0

stisev on 2017-03-19 08:02

Not stealth? Can anyone confirm?

I am seeing following key created repeatedly:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\DAUM\PotPlayerMini
ServiceCount
0x00000000(0)

gbrao on 2017-04-13 14:22

Yes, confirmed with v1.7.1915.

creates HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\DAUM\PotPlayerMini
and/or HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\DAUM\PotPlayerMini64

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VLC v3.0.3 Updated

billon on 30 May 2018
  • 121MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 29 May 2018
  • 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:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Creates dvdcss folder in %APPDATA% when playing DVD.
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Create portable subfolder. Launch vlc.exe.

Optionally, delete unnecessary locales.
Similar/alternative apps: MPC-HC, SMPlayer, PotPlayer
What's new? See:
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/releases/
https://www.videolan.org/developers/vlc-branch/NEWS
Latest comments
gbrao on 2018-02-12 07:06

The file vlcrc in the 'portable' folder has this entry :

[skins2] # Skinnable Interface
# Skin to use (string)
skins2-last=vlc_deepdark.vlt

VLC seems to accept relative paths (here at least). I have vlc_deepdark.vlt in the same directory as vlc.exe and it works OK.

Also with 3.0.0, no files/dirs left anywhere else. But creates a QT reg key :
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\QtProject\OrganizationDefaults\FileDialog

I run vlc from a NSIS exe which deletes that key after VLC exits.

zorro on 2018-02-12 13:18

..at least with "native skin" there's no QT-Key left behind - I just checked it. When activating alternative skins, the Key appears but can be handled with a batch or portable starter like gbrao mentioned.

zorro on 2018-03-01 12:05

"Download the ZIP-Package" in description is a bit misleading: fuzzing around with the scripted download-button, you won't find a ZIP. At least I didn't find it.
Simpler: select "our FTP archive" under "older versions" (lefthand, underneath the small slideshow) - there you also find the newest versions as ZIP.

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SMPlayer v18.6.0 Updated

billon on 24 Jun 2018
  • 72MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 24 Jun 2018
  • 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, audio and subtitles delay adjustment, video equalizer, playlist support and much more.

The program is a frontend for MPlayer, mpv and mplayer2 that also works on Linux. Alternatively, X-SMPlayer and SMPlayer Portable stealth and adjusts paths) are also available.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / 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? See:
https://www.smplayer.info/changes
Latest comments
fullbug on 2016-08-03 21:35

Anyone know how to change skins? Cannot seem to figure that out.....

fullbug on 2016-08-03 21:40

Never mind, figured it out, thank you, great player.....

MIKLO on 2017-05-13 17:04

Been using for a very long time,this software will open and play audio,video when all others fail.
MIKLO

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Media Player Classic - Home Cinema v1.7.13

SYSTEM on 21 Jan 2018
  • 41MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 Jul 2017
  • Suggested by Rick

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.

Alternatively, there is an unofficial updated build.

Versions from WinPenPack and PortableApps are also available: X-MediaPlayerClassic_HomeCinema and Media Player Classic - Home Cinema Portable.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
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
  4. Launch mpc-hc.exe or mpc-hc64.exe
Similar/alternative apps: SMPlayer
What's new? See:
https://mpc-hc.org/changelog/
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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HamMultiPlayer v0.116.37905.792

billon on 17 Feb 2017
  • 18MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 Feb 2017
  • Suggested by webfork

HamMultiPlayer displays one or more media files for analysis in real time. It can be used to find, move, delete or preview any video/audio file. The program can scan drives and directories, and then sort a generated list. Intended primarily to help videographers look through lots of footage, the program can also make it easy to find and eliminate duplicated or similar files.

The program uses Mplayer and MediaInfo Library to decode and display files, playing everything Mplayer can play.

Functional in 64-bit and supports multiple monitors.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? No. Saves HMP.ini and HMP_Version.ini to the \AppData\Local\Temp\HAM folder and config file is saved to \AppData\Local\Temp\HAM\mplayer folder.
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download HamMultiPlayer.exe to a folder of your choice and launch.
Similar/alternative apps: SMPlayer
What's new? See:
http://hammultiplayer.org/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=6
Latest comments
barnuble on 2016-12-01 17:06

Hi Kanu,

You wrote : "The author says the program doesn't write in other places that in his own folder."

Sorry, but I never said that : HamMultiPlayer needs to decompress files to be able to work and it does that inside "%temp%\HAM\". This directory is used to store HMP_mplayer.exe + MediaInffo.dll and 4 ini files. If you use HamCpu, HamMultiPlayerCPU.exe will be decompressed too. If you use thumbnails display, thumbnails will be created inside the same path and deleted when you stop using it...
The only exception is when you select "SaveBeside" in prefs. In this case, prefs file is saved beside HamMultiPlayer (in same directory for reasons of portability).
Portable means "no installation", not "without file writing".

If nevertheless you see others files spread everywhere, please let me know and check that your version is the one coming from my web site.

Barnuble.

kanu on 2016-12-08 07:22

Sorry if I sounded hostile but the web says 'This is a "portable" software, this means that everything is already included inside the ".exe" (no installation, no registry keys, ...)'.
Those three dots means etc.; so, portable + etc means no writing beyond its own folder because that's what portable means: I can move the folder to other drive and keep the settings.

But the problem, as you pointed, was that at first I didn't tick the "Save beside" checkbox. So, my suggestion after this would be to rename that box to a more common wording. But anyway, the blame is all mine. Sorry again.

The program is very useful, by the way.

webfork on 2016-12-10 04:46

@Kanu: Different sites have different definitions for portable but here "Stealth" is the term used when a program doesn't modify files outside of it's application folder (including the registry). HamMultiPlayer is not stealth but is portable. Please post in forums if you'd like to discuss further.

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