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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely the best video player for Windows 9x"

    July 31, 2010  |   By otr_man

    Pros

    It plays a wider range of video types than any other video player, including Flash videos. And will play Shockwave Flash (SWF) as well as Macromedia Flash (FLV).

    Cons

    There is only one (very slight) drawback to this player. Although you can manually seek to any point in the file, by dragging the slider along its bar, there is no option to type in a precise point to jump to.

    Summary

    I should point out, firstly, that the version which I've been extensively testing is in fact GOM Player v2.1.21.4846. I particularly like these features -

    1. This video player is compatible with Windows 98/98SE/ME.

    2. It can play all types of music files; including MP3 audio, MP4 audio, M4A iTunes audio, MP2 audio, and WAV audio. And it automatically detects the Winamp enhancer plugin, and provides an option to use that with audio files. And it has its own built-in Equalizer; and its own built-in Normalizer.

    3. It can play MP4 videos, QuickTime videos, and RealPlayer videos (I presume you need to install the relevent codecs on your system: I already have them).

    4. It can play all the latest Flash video formats, including H.263 and H.264 formats (I presume you need to install the Flash browser plug-in on your system: I already have it).

    5. It is the most customizable player I've ever seen. It has several dozen customizable options, for video playback; and about the same number of options for audio playback.

    6. It has some great Skins, and some great Logo images. I particularly like the stars.jpg image.

    I can't fault this as a video player. It handles Flash files better than VLC, or Media Player Classic. And it's completely stable in Windows 98SE (whereas VLC is very prone to crash in Win98SE). And it has a magic feature: it resizes automatically to match the actual size of the video image.

    It isn't quite as useful as Winamp for playing MP3 files; but for playing any other type of Audio files (such as MP4 Audio, or FLV Audio) it's at least as good as Winamp. (I generally favour the user-friendly Winamp 5.06 for audio; but GOM is just as useful and user-friendly, and it uses Playlists too.)

    Note: I didn't risk damaging my system, by uninstalling my existing audio and video codecs to see if GOM could play those audio or video types with its built-in codecs. You might have to install RealPlayer 8 or QuickTime v6.5.2 in order to play those types of video in GOM.

    Just to emphasise: I was reviewing GOM Player 2.1.21.4846 (my favourite version of GOM to date), and I was reviewing it for its compatibility with Windows 98 (I found it 100% compatible). Although I love Winamp 5.06, and Media Player Classic 6.4.9.1, which are easily my favourite media players, I've had to add GOM Player to that list: GOM Player 2.1.21.4846 is simply a delight to use.

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