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KMPlayer review

KMPlayer has evolved from a video player to a leading source for content discovery. The app's record-breaking viewership and the use of its flagship media is most visible on the gaming front, with a successful casting of Season 3 of the League of Legends World Championship. Alongside other forays into e-sports, like GOM and Starcraft 2: Hearts of the Swarm, KMPlayer has established strong viewership that's created a whole new layer of interaction beyond being a standalone video player.

Pros

Unobtrusive layout:Dark colors and a pop-out settings menu give you clean, uninterrupted access to features like subtitle … Read more

BlazeDVD review

BlazeDVD lets you play DVDs on your computer anytime you want, and it offers a full set of controls to enhance your viewing experience. With the app's streamlined navigation, all you have to do is pop in your movie and press play. It also lets you save and convert your DVDs into a format compatible with your iPad, iPhone, iPod, or PSP.

Pros

High-quality playback: The image that this program produces is great, and to go along with it, you also get 7.1 audio channels and picture in picture. Of course, the viewing experience will only be as … Read more

Elmedia Player for Mac review

Elmedia Player for Mac is a comprehensive solution for playing all kinds of videos and other media files on your Mac without having to convert them. Through the app's intuitive interface, you can stream online movies, and you can browse and make selections from your own media library.

Pros

Built-in browser: One of the most convenient features of this app is the built-in browser, which lets you search for online movies directly without having to use a different program. And when you find a video you want to watch, you can play it instantly, right through the app, as … Read more

Leawo Blu-ray Player review

A video media playback application for optical disc and file-based content, Leawo Blu-ray Player provides a decent playback experience and is now compatible with the Windows 8 touch interface. Sadly, it lacks several important features.

Pros

Sleek interface: Heavily inspired by Windows Media Player, Leawo Blu-ray Player proves to be one of the quickest and nicest to navigate players we've tested. The intuitive settings are just one click away, and we particularly appreciated the audio output activation option through HDMI that made the connection of our laptop to an external TV much easier than with most similar applications.

Fast, … Read more

VLC Media Player review

VLC Media Player is an open-source program that lets you play all kinds of media on your iOS device even if they're in formats that are not normally supported. Just download your music and videos to your iPhone or iPad, and you're ready to enjoy them wherever you go.

Pros

Multiple transfer options: When you're ready to move files from your computer to your VLC library, you have several options. You can connect your device directly to the computer, and then complete the transfer through iTunes, or you can connect both your computer and your device to … Read more

Sothink FLV Player for Mac review

Sothink FLV Player for Mac is a convenient program for playing Flash and other FLV files on your computer. Just add the files you want to play through the app's intuitive interface and let the player do the rest.

Pros

Multiple add options: To play videos through this player, you can either add them from your computer or copy and paste a URL directly into the program. All files added appear in a list, and you can access them from there. The list is also collapsible, which serves to maximize viewing space when you're watching a video.

Clean … Read more

Android Video Player review

Android Video Player can handle all the video formats you're likely to use on your smartphone or tablet and provides a smooth playback experience without taxing your system. However, it suffers from nagging ads and a plain and unappealing user interface, and it lacks the intuitive gesture controls of other similar apps.

Pros

Excellent file support: Android Video Player plays everything from AVI to FLV and also supports lesser-known video formats like 3GP, MKV, TS, and MPG. All these run great and can be fast-forwarded or rewound with ease.

Smooth playback: Because of its adaptive algorithm and hardware decoding … Read more

BlueStacks App Player review

BlueStacks App Player displays apps inside a window and emulates Android's touchscreen motions with your mouse. It takes longer than tapping and swiping, but it works better than we expected, especially since it's still a beta release.

Pros

Apps in Windows: It does give you the ability to run Android apps on your desktop or laptop PC.

One for all: Using the same apps for both Android and Windows has potential advantages, including cross-platform familiarity, easy data transfer, and access to thousands of Android games, tools, and apps in Windows.

Cons

Beta: Like any beta release, BlueStacks has … Read more

CyberLink YouCam 6 Deluxe review

CyberLink YouCam 6 Deluxe bundles Fun Webcam, Creative Camera App, Smart Work, and Easy Organization features into an all-in-one Webcam and camera utility. It edits photos and videos, adds special effects and filtering, creates video presentations with narration and desktop animation, and organizes videos and photos. Recent updates include HDR and Panorama photos and touch-friendly editing and effects. YouCam 6 Deluxe's free 30-day trial disables some filters and other features.

Pros

All-in-one: YouCam 6 Deluxe bundles a lot into one program, including fun-oriented filters and effects and other features that are all business.

Calendar view: The Calendar view organizes … Read more

DVDFab Media Player review

DVDFab Media Player makes it possible to play all kinds of media on your computer, from downloaded YouTube videos to Blu-ray discs. Just add your videos, and then sit back to enjoy the show with this comprehensive media package.

Pros

Nice interface: This app presents a clear and streamlined interface that users of all experience levels will find accessible. You can choose to open files from your computer or from a DVD or Blu-ray, and all of the videos you add will show up in a list on the right-hand side of the viewing window. This list can be hidden … Read more