Daum Potplayer

Daum Potplayer


Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 38 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.6.48576
File Size:
19.88MB
Date Added:
June 19, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
217,476
Downloads Last Week:
1,349
Product ranking:
#30 in Video Players
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Daum Potplayer: It's probably not what you're thinking, whatever that is. It is, in fact, a free video player. We hear you say, "There are so many free video players; what sets this one apart?" Its built-in codecs handle most video formats, and you don't have to install them yourself. It has several levels of controls and settings, making the most useful commands easily accessible. It's attractive but also skinnable and customizable. It supports a variety of video devices, including capture devices like cameras, DVD and digital recorders, and both analog and digital TV, including channels.

Potplayer opened with its Playlist window displayed, but we could toggle it open and closed from the interface. This player has a full suite of familiar controls and counters on its interface, including full screen, repeat, shuffle, and volume, but you can also access filter and rendering settings, speaker options, and other settings from the main window. Right-clicking the interface or the program's system tray icon accesses an extensive main menu.

Under Options, we could set housekeeping and behavioral features such as On Top, Prevent Screen Saver, and shut-down at specified times. Clicking Control Panel opened a small, rectangular, tabbed box giving quick access to Audio, Colors, Caption, and Playback settings. The Audio settings include the optional equalizer, which itself offers an extensive menu of preset audio schemes. Likewise the color sliders made quick adjustments a snap. Things got even more detailed when we opened the Preferences sheet, which includes device configuration, network settings, and other advanced options.

When we opened and played a familiar video, we were surprised to see a distorted aspect ratio, which expanded and contracted as we dragged the window. The default aspect ratio setting seems to be Free, not Fit to Video, which is actually the program's recommendation. However, we quickly changed the settings, which restored our movie's proper presentation. The Playlist is part of the interface, not a separate window that can be placed separately, though that's a minor matter of preference. We certainly have no complaints about the Playlist's editing options. Daum Potplayer proved one of the more versatile freeware players we've tried.

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  • 5 stars

    "Very reliable player"

    January 24, 2014   |   By jlaytonjr1

    Version: Daum Potplayer 1.5.44407

    Pros

    I downloaded Potplayer because of the name, but I'm glad I did. It opens every video format that I've come across, so I don't need to have more than one - this one. Lots of setting Easy, intuitive shortcut keys; volume up/down - arrow keys up/down, fast forward/rewind - arrow keys right/left, play/pause - space bar, full screen - enter key. Highly recommended.

    Cons

    The only con I can think of is when it's time to update, it's not in English. I was going to update it, but couldn't figure it out. It's easy enough to disable update checking, though, and so far I haven't seen any need to update <fingers crossed>.

    Summary

    Highly recommended. I'm putting it on all my computers.

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  • 5 stars

    "simple works well"

    January 21, 2014   |   By salazarjohn

    Version: Daum Potplayer 1.5.44407

    Pros

    has played almost everything

    Cons

    sometimes you have to play with the aspect ratio simple Cntrl + F6

    Summary

    Been using it for a few years not sure why it is so hard to find here on Cnet

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  • 5 stars

    "Best media player. Period."

    January 03, 2014   |   By aroxxx24

    Version: Daum Potplayer 1.5.39036

    Pros

    Fast, even on old PC's.
    Highest video and audio quality.
    No need of external codecs.
    Plays everything.
    Highly configurable.
    Frequently updated.

    Cons

    Maybe too much options for a newbie.

    Summary

    I tried extensively lots of media players and this is the best I found, far superior to VLC or other famous players. This is a first class piece of code.

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  • 2 stars

    "Unable to solve the aspect ratio mystery - Uninstalled"

    December 27, 2013   |   By randalusa

    Version: Daum Potplayer 1.5.39036

    Pros

    Nice looking
    Possibly a good player

    Cons

    Too many adjustable features and in different locations
    No "menu" bar, which requires the right-click guessing game
    Unable to figure out how to stop the video from stretching

    Summary

    I tried every setting in the aspect ration preference options 2-3 times. None put the movie to proper size. Too bad. Out you go.

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  • 1 stars

    "It doesn't work at all..."

    December 27, 2013   |   By tambrathegreat1

    Version: Daum Potplayer 1.5.39036

    Pros

    There are no pros. It didn't work at all.

    Cons

    It doesn't work. I could not play a blu ray disc on it, which is why I downloaded it.

    Summary

    This is a completely misleading download.

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  • 5 stars

    "The Best Player Ever Coded!"

    November 24, 2013   |   By Can_Eryavuz

    Version: Daum Potplayer 1.5.39036

    Pros

    PotPlayer has several features, including, but not limited to:
    Ability to play and stream most video and audio formats
    Ability to play incomplete or damaged AVI files (by skipping the damaged frames)
    Very fast and lightweight
    Can remember where the user left off in a video (resume)
    Keyboard shortcuts for most tasks, including seeking, volume, zoom, brightness, contrast, and even subtitle resyncing
    Subtitle support, including SAA and ASS support as well as embedded subtitles in MKV, OGM, MP4, MOV, and 3GP files
    Fully skinnable, users can choose different skins for different types of files, make the window transparent, hide the window border when playing, and more
    Video filters, like deinterlacing, postprocessing, de-noise, and more for customized playback
    Audio equalizer and video equalizer, that lets users adjust the brightness, contrast, hue, and more of the video
    Additional settings in the Options menu...

    Cons

    It is not officially presented with english language.

    Summary

    CNET must update the program more often and should promote.

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  • 5 stars

    "I've Tried Them All, This is the Best"

    November 23, 2013   |   By llsee

    Version: Daum Potplayer 1.5.39036

    Pros

    Codecs built in, plays everything
    Lots of options for tweaking
    Playback looks great, even at low bitrates

    Cons

    Need to get English version as updates are in Korean

    Summary

    I have tried all of the popular media players, VLC, Media Player (and Media Player Classic) even GOM player. I used to use VLC, but playback degraded with v2 and looks awful and blacks are pixilated on 1080P monitor, even at high bit-rates. This one just works. But, you can tweak it to you hearts content. Excellent playback of all media files, and they look great!

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  • 5 stars

    "Best Free Multimedia"

    November 03, 2013   |   By Franco_84

    Version: Daum Potplayer 1.5.39036

    Pros

    1. All common video and audio codecs inbuilt, therefore plays the vast majority of media files - I haven't yet come across a file it won't play.
    2. Clear, easy setup. Default settings well tuned, slight tweaks necessary depending on personal preference.
    3. Decent User interface.
    4. Allows for (multiple) subtitles, providing subtitle file is present or included in the media file.
    5. Quick launch and smooth operation, virtually no bugs.
    6. It's free!

    Cons

    English updates must be downloaded from the website as internal updates from the player itself only provides South Korean language version.

    English updates can be found here: http://www.videohelp.com/tools/PotPlayer

    Summary

    Great all in one player, though it would be nice to update the English player directly from the programme itself rather than downloading a link each time from the website.

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  • 5 stars

    "my favourite media player"

    October 09, 2013   |   By chiangmai charlie

    Version: Daum Potplayer 1.5.39036

    Pros

    plays almost everything. fast. great speed control on playback.

    Cons

    none worth worrying about. nothing's perfect

    Summary

    a great successor to his previous program (now ruined) - KMPlayer

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  • 5 stars

    "Lots To Like...except maybe the name"

    August 08, 2013   |   By sndwnr

    Version: Daum Potplayer 1.5.39036

    Pros

    Plays all different types of videos, with many different features. One that I like in particular is that it lets me see what type of file it is, ie MPG, MP4 etc. Many video players just list them as a generic video. That in itself lets me sort thru my videos and put them in different categories. It's fast and easy, loads files quickly and let's me jump around without the usual lag. All in all a really good FREE program.

    Cons

    I would definitely change the name of the program (LOL). It needs something a bit more catchy, otherwise it's more than likely to be overlooked.

    Summary

    Great little program. The best I've found so far.

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