JetVideo Basic VX

JetVideo Basic VX

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 8 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
8.0.3
File Size:
25.33MB
Date Added:
May 02, 2012
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
690,713
Downloads Last Week:
953
Product ranking:
#41 in Video Players
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

JetVideo Basic VX from COWOM America proved a capable, flexible media player, once we'd gotten past an ad-splashed intro that left us wondering if it was worth the effort. It has a sleek, stylish interface that groups lots of useful controls together but hides them until you need them, or toggles them open and closed, like the Extended Controls and Playlist. It plays a wide range of media files, including music files and CDs, as well as most video formats. Its extras include sound effects, subtitles for international users, an equalizer, variable playback speed, a timer, an alarm, a video converter, and a YouTube video downloader.

JetVideo Basic VX opened with its Information Viewer, a player-like interface displaying a minimal border and a series of ads in its main view. We searched for but did not find any means to open or add a file or folder and start playing videos on this ad tool. It wasn't until this window minimized itself to the system tray that we were able to access the program's main menu and open the player by loading a file. The main menu actually offers a lot, including Disc and File Modes, Sound and Visualization settings, DirectShow configuration, screen options, and a long submenu of Basic Controls. Opening a file uncovered a full suite of controls on the player's interface. The controls display subtle blue shading and highlighting that gives it a cool "late-night" effect; more importantly, they do useful things like toggle Always-on-Top.

JetVideo Basic VX proved as capable of playing our videos and tunes as most top-flight media players, and it has a lot going for it in terms of options. It looks good, too. But it needs a more user-friendly startup procedure, to mention one thing, and it's a little clunky in places; for example, the system tray icon isn't always accessible, even when the program is minimized to the taskbar. It's certainly a viable option to other free media players, including a few that are highly regarded for their performance but not their looks.

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  • All Versions:

    3.8

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
  • Current Version:

    3.3

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 2 stars

    "Beware malware in package"

    February 18, 2014   |   By melAtga

    Version: JetVideo Basic VX 8.1.0.200

    Pros

    Very capable software, if you can avoid the junk in the installation package.

    Cons

    A trend in free software these days seems to be installing a load of unwanted software, particularly browser hijackers. If you do choose to install jetVideo or jetAudio, be sure to NOT do a default install. Use custom install to un-select the software it does not warn you about in the default screen. Other screens will list optional software to install, but the Decline button seems disabled. It is not - use it.

    Even with precautions, a browser hijacker like FreeFileSync may get through. Be prepared to deal with it. A good virus program will block attempts to install or re-install the hijacker.

    Summary

    Useful software, loaded with malware. I first installed the software several years ago as part of my Cowan J3 purchase, and have happily upgraded ever since. This last upgrade however was a great disappointment. The installation package is loaded with third-party software, some of which will be installed without notice. Very poor behavior by an old friend. I'll be very reluctant to apply any future upgrades.

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