CNET Editors' review
MuldeR's MakeInstantPlayer is open-source freeware for converting video recordings into self-running executable files. By converting videos to program files, it makes it so they'll run when clicked, without requiring a media player. You can extract clips from movies and other sources and turn them into self-running videos that can be embedded, uploaded, and attached to lots of stuff.
MakeInstantPlayer's compact, efficient interface was easy to figure out: Click and browse to source and destination directories, select some options, and click Preview. The tool's player window opened and, after a moment, displayed our source video. Satisfied, we closed the preview and clicked Start. MakeInstantPlayer began extracting and converting the video, displaying the code as it did so. The extraction process takes a while, nearly as long as the video, and the code display had us wondering if something had gone wrong. The Readme.txt file advises users of possible issues with the Overlay renderer in Vista and Windows 7, so we left the homepage field blank but didn't clear the Splash File and Icon File field. Eventually, though, our 6:55 cartoon was converted, and a green play button appeared on the desktop. Clicking it called up the program's player interface with a note urging patience while the video loaded. This was the only real quibble we had with MakeInstantPlayer: It's not exactly "instant." It took quite a while for the video to load, but load it did, and it played perfectly. Even watching it through and immediately replaying the video didn't improve the loading speed, though. Nevertheless, the program produced a perfect copy of the source that played by itself. MakeInstantPlayer also offered a surprising number of options on the View, Play, and Tools menu, such as aspect ratio, deinterlacing, and clip info. The player interface sports a full set of controls, including full-screen and compact-view toggles.
We really like MakeInstantPlayer and recommend it without reservation. Its only fault isn't really its fault; it's the nature of the beast with self-playing videos, though perhaps some buffering or upgrades are already in the works. That's what's cool about open-source, community-supported freeware: it's always evolving, and upgrades are free.
MakeInstantPlayer is a tool for converting your Videos to self-running executable files. This small utility lets you add your personalized splash screen and/ or homepage URL to your favorite videos.
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"DOES >>> NOT >>> WORK"
Version: MakeInstantPlayer 1.60
None. Does not work.
Does Not Work.
Was the CNET reviewer dreaming???? I use the Opera Browser so I had no problem downloading the program. I installed it and created my executable file and the program told me it was done successfully. I ran the file and was rewarded with a 2 second black screen and sputtering sound track.Update:IT >>> DOES >>> WORK. Sincere apologies to CNET and the programmer MuldeR. This now gets 5+ Stars. It works FLAWLESSLY!
Thaaaaat's Allll Folks! Looney Tunes for real!!!!
This program is based on MPlayer. The 1280 x 720, 45 second long, 50MB AVI file I selected runs perfectly on SMPlayer. (This file was converted from a Panasonic Lumix LX5 HD video 100MB MTS file.) The only reason I tried this program was that SMPlayer is the only player that plays HD (1280 x 720) AVI files flawlessly. Portable SMPlayer also plays them flawlessly. I guess I have to send a copy of the whole Portable SMPlayer program folder along with my AVI files to anyone who I want to be able to view my videos.
Updated on Apr 18, 2012
What I did differently was to change the parameters box to select "-vo directx". Also, I checked only the following boxes: Compact, Auto Quit, Stay On Top, and Include Codecs. A program pop-up advises against including codecs, but I went ahead and selected OK to include codecs anyway. The executable was no bigger than without codecs, and took only 30 to 40 seconds to load. The executable was nearly 7MB larger than the AVI file.
I copied the executable to a pocket drive then copied it to my laptop and once again it played perfectly in 1080 x 720 HD, with 48,000 Khz 16 bit stereo sound.
The PC I ran the MakeInstantPlayer program on is an 8 year old E-machines desktop, running XP SP2, with an AMD 1.59 GHz chip and 1.2GB of RAM. The laptop is a 5 year old HP with XP SP2,an AMD 2.19 GhZ chip and 2 GB of RAM.
Thanks CNET and genius programmer MulderR