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The KMPlayer

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Despite lacking a Help file, KMPlayer is one of the most powerful freeware video players we've seen. It includes a vast array of video- and audio-capturing options, as well as skins, a plethora of playback controls and tweaks, and broad DVD support.

You'll have to learn the ropes yourself, perhaps a hindrance to newcomers. But if you're familiar with where things ought to be in programs, and willing to patiently wait for mouse-over labels to pop up and then click on them for the actual menus, KMPlayer has the potential to be immensely rewarding. It supports all major file formats, and all of the minor and obscure ones we tested. It did have problems with the RealPlayer 11's video capture IVR format, but not much else.

Advanced options include frame capture and a frame-forward feature, which is actually a fractional Play button, but the difference is negligible. The Pause button is a fast responder, too. Combined with streaming TV and HDTV compatibility, playlists, and the ability to select which codec is used on a video-by-video basis, and you get a media player that demands attention.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.9 stars

    out of 892 votes

    • 5 star: 479
    • 4 star: 171
    • 3 star: 55
    • 2 star: 43
    • 1 star: 144
  • Current version:

    4.1 stars

    out of 117 votes

    • 5 star: 69
    • 4 star: 22
    • 3 star: 8
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 11
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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best period~"

    December 18, 2010  |   By dynodeanmccabe

    Version: The KMPlayer 2.9.4.1435

    Pros

    Does everything and more. I spent a weekend trying all these palyers and viewers and KM blew them all away and it wasn't even close. The visuals, sound, all other existing and alternative media, just outstanding. Ease of use and playability, please.

    Cons

    If there was anything that I question about this player I would be using something else, like VLC. But i don't.

    Summary

    Other than Windows Media Player, The KMPlayer is my preferred multi format multi-dimansional viewer.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "KMPlayer is now illegal spyware"

    June 29, 2010  |   By Ultragod

    Version: The KMPlayer 2.9.4.1435

    Pros

    KMPlayer has been redesigned to automatically install 'AskTV Toolbar' whether or not it is unchecked. It is illegal to do this, and they can be prosecuted. I suggest somebody start a class action law suit 4 this 1.

    Cons

    There R no benefits of this program unless U install it on a scratch partition which U wipe after copying the uncompressed 'program' folder 2 use as a 'portable' app.

    Summary

    This program is now illegal spyware front end 2 force installs of 'AskTV Toolbar' without people's consent. Doesn't matter if U uncheck it - installs N E way & cannot B removed, destroying IE functionality. Stuck in 'connect' mode, etc. It is illegal & they should B stopped, soon.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Least glitchy Player out there."

    May 12, 2010  |   By wkhasintha

    Version: The KMPlayer 2.9.4.1435

    Pros

    Plays almost every media container type in windows.
    Low Memory consumption
    Subtitle editing , resync features are life savers.

    Cons

    Gets stuck playing lists sometimes.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I love it!"

    May 8, 2010  |   By escheer1

    Version: The KMPlayer 2.9.4.1435

    Pros

    It plays all of my files at a very high quality level.

    Cons

    It is a little difficult to learn some of the controls. There is no detailed help, just a blog web site which is difficult to follow.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Player ever"

    May 5, 2010  |   By Hamidtx

    Version: The KMPlayer 2.9.4.1435

    Pros

    If this player can't play it, then in can't be played. No fuss playing. No ad ware, no spy ware. easy install easy use easy un-install. I have been using this for several years, and KMPlayer is a class above all of them.

    Cons

    None that I could find.

    Summary

    Once you use this player you will through away all other players.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Impressed! Best all round player so far. A KEEPER!"

    April 24, 2010  |   By tweaker_101

    Version: The KMPlayer 2.9.4.1435

    Pros

    Well, I was blown away by the sound output. No player has ever delivered such awesome quality & surround effect. I was using Winamp for audio and GOM player for video. THIS APP REPLACED BOTH! Default config is great or has HUGE config choices.

    Cons

    A few bugs, I use Win 7 and the Media Library feature does not load when selected. Interface needs beefing up. Visualization not working for me. Config says you can add winamp plugins though. A learning curve and still needs improved interface.

    Summary

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
    OK, Right now, KM Player has become my all in one multi-media player. (Supports DVD playback also). It has so many features it's somewhat overwhelming. Interestingly, when setting preferences there is EXCELLENT and comprehensive BUILT IN context sensitive HELP.

    BOTTOM LINE: You owe it to yourself to check KM Player out. You be the judge, but I can see why it earned a 5 star rating. So far I'm very impressed, anxious for updates to fix a few bugs. Despite the need for refining the interface, this has become my all in one solution. I no longer need one app for audio and one for video, KM Player does it all and the quality and depth of media type support is extensive. I can hardly wait to see this app evolve.

    Updated on May 25, 2010

    I have to downgrade my rating to 4 stars. Frustrating handling of Playlists. Cannot open my existing .wpl lists. KM Player defaults to using it's own (yet another extension .PLS) playlists which for some bizarre reason they default to storing under their installed app directory. Would prefer to see it under my documents, Music, Video etc... Overall I don't like it's handling of playlists, it will not open .wpl (Windows media) playlists from it's "Open" feature, also can't drag and drop playlist. KMPlayer shares an annoying feature of all media players, which is to create media libraries based on albums, etc. I would like to see an ability to browse the media library by folders as well. (Such as Jet Audio has). I like to sort my muisc by folders and yet, 90% of media players don't give you that browsing option.
    Lastly, The KMPlayer needs to beef up Help or provide more detail, a manual would be nice. Having to browse their website forums for answers is not very user friendly.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Plays them all"

    April 18, 2010  |   By ikami

    Version: The KMPlayer 2.9.4.1435

    Pros

    Best of all players. Plays .trp which none of the other free players does.

    Cons

    None that I think of

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  • 5.0 stars

    "cool product"

    April 12, 2010  |   By ahivarn

    Version: The KMPlayer 2.9.4.1435

    Pros

    its amazingly free. Its better than all of the commercial products

    Cons

    none. its the best

    Summary

    futuristic features
    many years ahead of competition

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Where was this hiding??"

    April 8, 2010  |   By Older_Sam

    Version: The KMPlayer 2.9.4.1435

    Pros

    Sleek, ease of use, rich with video/audio encoders, DVD support, subtitles support

    Cons

    I didn't find any yet

    Summary

    Hate to say that as I'm a big fan of Media Player Classic (MPC) but KMPlayer is head and shoulder above all other free media players. Recommend it!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "do your self a favor download this program"

    April 8, 2010  |   By HALL9000DS

    Version: The KMPlayer 2.9.4.1435

    Pros

    plays all the videos I've got on my PC
    remembers were you last left off even if you play half a dozen other videos

    Cons

    have none as yet very happy with this application

    Summary

    If you watch a lot of videos on you PC you should not be with out this gem

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