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KMPlayer

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KMPlayer has changed a bit since we reviewed version 3.2 back in May. KMPlayer has always been popular and familiar software, so the latest version might be a bit of an eye-opener -- in good ways and bad. One of the new additions, "KMP Plus," acts as a dashboard for the program. On startup, users are greeted by an interactive home screen where they can watch promoted videos and advertisements, browse video channels, or access their own library content directly.

KMP Plus is attempting to become a premium service, but this 3.4 release highlights what seems to be early progress and execution. We clicked on a game trailer ad to discover a barely watchable, stuttering video stream. A few of the service channels were OK -- especially if you're into foreign movies and K-pop music -- and there's a small list of playable Flash games within the media player. They work, but it's a bit out of place to embed a Flash game inside what's primarily supposed to be a media player. Returning to the main menu isn't the most intuitive either. The so-called "service store" is also non-existent so far.

KMP Plus aside, KMPlayer is as good of a media player as it has ever been: the interface is slick and (outside of the anomalous KMP Plus performance) the menu transitions are quite beautiful. KMPlayer has evolved into a basic media center, with large buttons to help you navigate and add your content. The font choices are sometimes inconsistent and rather hard to read, but other than those quibbling details, KMPlayer is still the same feature-packed media-playing beast we've come to know in the past. The interface also includes some useful buttons like pinning to remain on top of your other open windows, and easily accessible tweaks to adjust your videos. Adjust brightness and contrast settings, rotate moving images, and add effects like motion blur in real time.

KMPlayer is like that kid who tries to redefine himself with swag -- he's got a new look and flashy toys that may sound good on paper, but he falls a bit flat in the execution. The extra widgets and features might grab your attention for a bit, but in the end the KMP Plus service still has a long way to go -- it's essentially still in a "proof of concept" stage. However, the core media functions are top notch and the media navigation is a pleasure to use after a bit of setup time.

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    out of 892 votes

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  • 1.0 stars

    "What ever happened to the easy to use KMP"

    August 29, 2013  |   By whoozhe

    Version: KMPlayer 3.6.0.87

    Pros

    Not enough to warrant usage

    Cons

    Latest upgrade has multitudes of problems. Older versions work far better.

    Summary

    I do not want crap. I do not want to opt out of multiple add-ons. I do not want or need another Browser bar. I don't want to have to dig out codecs that work. I want to install and have the application do what it is suppose to do without having to configure anything
    Once again a great application has been ruined by greed. Keep it simple without the crap and people would actually pay for it
    Take a leaf out of Media Player Classic. Simple, easy and works.

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  • 4.0 stars

    ""TRUSTWORTHY" Software NO Virus malware or even bad Ads"

    August 23, 2013  |   By SamsungsBldyAwesome

    Version: KMPlayer 3.6.0.87

    Pros

    What I like about KM Player
    1 So efficient that it let me play most HiDef 720p Mkv files
    on my 1.6ghz atom Win7 netbook.
    2 Extremely customizable, so many options to tinker with! And.... IF I F**K UP, Just use the KMPlayer Setup Wizard and reset the settings and tinker with it some more!
    3 Simple/handy and easy to understand shortcuts... once you've learned them.
    4 Great filters and effects that can enhance the quality of poor quality vid if set right. If these don't work you have it set to performance mode, if not, then F2, Video processing, Renderer, Enable VMR mixing Mode. If that don't work just tinker with the settings here to fix it
    5 And Finally, Its just plain beautiful!! And would never use any other video player because it Awesome!

    Cons

    Yes it can crash mainly... from constant messing of settings lol and from broken vids sometimes AND if it freezes (if you worry about that, Right click the Taskbar (The maybe blue bar at the bottom) And select Task manager Select The KMPlayer.exe And End Task or the old Ctrl,Alt,Delete will do it to also this error is rare and wont harm your computer.

    But my problem with this is if were to add your videos to the library it would take Snapshots (JPG) photos of each video and put them in the same folder. this is a great function which could be improved like having a option to (Put in Video Cache folder) in documents for a cleaner library, this function works for mp3s too which can be exploited as in getting album covers for other mp3s so its handy for some hence having a special cache folder in documents would be handy.

    Summary

    Those bloody people who say that this software is "Infected with VIRUSES" "Has MALWARE" or "In your face ADS" and also "It Broke my computer" are bloody LIERS! Iv never encounted any of those! in fact, I just signed up to (CORRECT) what they sed. If you don't trust me download avast antivirus and comodo firewall and turn your pc into a bloody fortress :note avast's sandbox plus its 6 shields & comodo's Sandbox & defense + shield would definitely stop a malicious program in its tracks it also passes the NORTON SAFE APLICATION DATABASE TOO (Check it). As for installing unwanted stuff on your computer from what I could gather would be the chrome browser on my install BUT you can UNTICK it in the install IF you select the (custom option) when you first see it in the install application; that's not even half bad. And if you don't trust this source, Google The Kmplayer and go too the developers site.

    Sorry for such a strong opinion, I just Hate those people who would stoop to such a level to tarnish really good developers because there own software is shoddy or have nothing better to do.

    I Hope those who took the time to read this found what they were looking for and to than The Kmplayer developers and there staff for making a future proof media player of pure Awesomeness!!! :)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Mostly trash"

    August 21, 2013  |   By NCSympa

    Version: KMPlayer 3.6.0.87

    Pros

    Absolutely None

    Cons

    Installs adware even when tell it not to during installation.

    Summary

    I found it totally useless. Had it installed about two minutes to determine how useless it is.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Virus inside :("

    August 13, 2013  |   By CHOW_O

    Version: KMPlayer 3.6.0.87

    Pros

    my computer is dead

    Cons

    Virus can't be predicted,don't download it.

    Summary

    For your computer safety, try something else.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Virus....."

    August 13, 2013  |   By user_user_user

    Version: KMPlayer 3.6.0.87

    Pros

    This software has virus!

    Cons

    Do not dowload it!

    Summary

    My computer is ruined...

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't download it!!!! Virus Alert!"

    August 12, 2013  |   By girlsgeneration2

    Version: KMPlayer 3.6.0.87

    Pros

    My computer was attacked by this **** software....

    Cons

    Found virus in this version, do NOT download it.

    Summary

    It's dangerous, don't download it for your own good.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "I love The KMPlayer... version 3.0"

    July 27, 2013  |   By o0johntam0o

    Version: KMPlayer 3.6.0.87

    Pros

    Plays almost media format

    Cons

    Low down my computer

    Summary

    Use The KMPlayer 3.0 instead

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Messed up the default programming for all media files"

    June 10, 2013  |   By jennasmash

    Version: KMPlayer 3.6.0.87

    Pros

    I loved the look of it, and it has the ability to capture frames, which is handy for gif making.

    Cons

    It AUTOMATICALLY became the default program for ALL of my media files, even though I did not want it to be used for music and actually watching video; I had just installed it to capture frames. I was perfectly satisfied with MPC. Most programs have the courtesy of asking if it should be made the default, but KMPlayer took the liberty of pissing all over everything to mark its territory. So even after uninstalling it I had to go and mess with the default programs to fix what it had messed up.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very good but has some flaws that need to be fixed"

    May 27, 2013  |   By RickDaton

    Version: KMPlayer 3.6.0.87

    Pros

    (1) I haven't found a media file type that it couldn't play.
    Have never received a codec error.
    (2) Menu buttons, key assignments and aspect ratio options are intuitive.
    (3) The default picture settings are better than VLC (VLC produces a faded looking picture in comparison).
    (4) Like VLC, it has a ton of advanced options (if you want to use them).
    (5) When playing a folder of FLV/MP4 music files, it makes sure they all play at the same volume level (VLC has a similar option but the VLC option also regulates the volume levels within the song itself .. ie, parts of the song that are supposed to be louder than others get suppressed and that's very bad).
    (6) In almost all cases, KMPlayer just works very well.

    Cons

    (1) If I play a folder of music video files (MP4, FLV, etc) while KMPlayer is minimized, KMPlayer becomes the active application every time it switches to the next track/file (even if KMPlayer is minimized to the system tray). This is a major problem because it means I can't properly work in other applications while KMPlayer is running.
    (2) While installing KMPlayer, if you don't watch the installation options carefully, you'll end up with additional (junk) software installed on your computer.
    (3) While installing KMPlayer, the description for some of the optional components is just bad. Deselecting one of the seemingly unneeded components results in a player with broken language character support (the player's menu options will be mostly in Korean and it loses its ability to display many fonts).
    (4) If you have additional buttons on your mouse, they can be used to skip forward or backward five seconds but there is no option for setting them to a time lower than five seconds.

    Summary

    I've used every media player available (except for the very obscure or blatantly junk). KMPlayer is still the best player (VLC is 2nd place).

    Updated on May 27, 2013

    IGNORE THIS REVIEW. It's for an older version of KMPlayer. Many issues have been fixed in the newer version.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "GONE BAD! STINKS!"

    May 25, 2013  |   By ekertin

    Version: KMPlayer 3.6.0.87

    Pros

    Few, if any. Don't bother.

    Cons

    Doesn't play well with Windows 7, or any other OS for that matter. Freezes up, and when it doesn't, it goes on line looking for codecs every time I open a file with it.

    Summary

    In it's youth, it was a pretty decent app. Now it just plain stinks. I went back to Jet audio.

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