Crystal Player Professional is a video player that includes a wide variety of audio and video filters, equalizer, internal post processing, volume customizing, auto downloading of required codec, dynamic XML skins, friendly zooming, pan scanning, dragging, subtitle support (SRT, SMI, SUB, JS, DKS, MPL, RT, SMIL, and SSA), external audio files, OSD with antialiasing and blend effects, and screenshots (JPEG, BMP). It also offers a wide variety of delicate options for the player's kernel (overlays, buffering, audio restrictions, preloading, caching of the data), customs and corrections for special files, OSD brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, and sharpness.
What's new in this version: Version 1.99 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
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"Perfect compromise: Not for dummies and not too geeky."
Version: Crystal Player Professional 1.99
1. Simple, easy UI.
2. Numerous customizable features.
3. Tons of keyboard shortcuts built in, good mouse support.
4. Respectably stable - rarely crashes.
1. Utilization of hardware resources is not optimized (This is irrelevant on a good new desktop or laptop since a fast processor easily overcomes minor inefficiencies).
2. Same thing for support/use of software decoding.
3. Doesn't have skins or millions of people backing it in a support community, but if you accept that it is just a simple video player that might not matter, either.
4. Has an overlay during video playback which occasionally scrolls an advertisement - reminding you that it is only the free version. Sometime it has tips instead of ads. Overall, not very annoying (unless your video is extremely boring).
I don't mind the cons, too much. Everything is some kind of compromise, right?
- Pros outweigh cons.
- If you have ever used iTunes, Windows Media Player, or Real Player and thought they were great, this application is not for you.
- Good Balance -- Avoids pitfalls of many popular players, maintains general simplicity, provides sufficient control of options and is only occasionally clumsy with its interface or obscure in its placement of controls.
The occasional advertisement goes away when you upgrade, but switching to the VLC Player is a better idea.
Why get the Crystal Player if the VLC Player is better? Crystal Player is cool. You can start using it in a few seconds with minimal annoyance.
Besides, why have just one tool when you can download a whole bunch for free? Learning and characterizing each application provides valuable reference when considering new programs of categorical similarity.
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