CNET Editors' review
There's a media player out there for just about everyone, from technophobic grandpas to people who edit various types of media for fun and profit. Zoom Player Free is definitely geared toward the more advanced users, given the depth of its features and its tendency to be a bit less-than-simple to use.
Once installed, Zoom Player Free greeted us with a long list of additional components to download. If you don't know what FFDShow, DirectVobSub, and FFMPEG Core Files are, you're likely going to be frustrated by the fact that you're being asked to make decisions about things you don't know anything about. All of the options are selected by default, and you can go ahead and download all of them or just skip this step and proceed to the media player itself.
We didn't have high expectations for Zoom Player Free after this confusing introduction, but we were pleasantly surprised by how attractive and professional-looking the interface is. It's definitely not the most intuitive thing we've seen, but after a bit of poking around we determined that we had to add media to the playlist in order to play it; we found out later that we could also drag and drop media onto the interface. If you want to get deep into Zoom Player Free's features there's a whole series of tutorial videos available on YouTube, and for good reason; Zoom Player Free is capable of all kinds of things, including video editing, ringtone creation, and multimonitor video playback.
Unfortunately, none of this is obvious from the interface itself, and users will have to put some effort into figuring out what Zoom Player Free is capable of. Although it touts itself as being easy even for beginners to use, we disagree with this assessment; Zoom Player Free is much more likely to appeal to advanced users who like to geek out with their media.
Zoom Player Home Free - They say the best things in life are free, and Zoom Player Home FREE life delivers. The most powerful media player for the Windows PC, giving ultimate control over your media viewing experience. Featuring : Free for personal, non-commercial use. No bloat, intuitive & user-friendly design. Install Center application, capable of detecting and securely installing up-to-date decoders and missing system components to improve stability and versatility. Media Center navigation interfaces with easy to use (Up/Down/Left/Right/Select) controls. 10-Band Equalizer with Digital PreAmp and Presets. DVD Playback from Disc, Hard Drive or network connection. Powerful, category based Media Library interface. Remember/Resume from last media position. popular formats are supported : H.264, XVID, DIVX, DVD, FLV, WMV, QuickTime, MPEG 1/2/4, MP3, AAC, DTS, Dolby Digital, FLAC and many more.
Zoom Player is the most Powerful, Flexible and Customizable Media Player application for the Windows PC platform. Based on our highly-touted Smart Play technology, more media formats play with less hassle, improved stability and greater performance. Behind Zoom Player's classic media player look, hides a powerful Media Center application designed with a simple 5-Key (up/down/left/right/select) fullscreen navigation interface. The 5-Key system provides simple navigation with advanced interfaces. Interface such as the Media Library, File Browser, Playlist, Color Control, Audio Equalizer, Bookmarks, Play History and many more. Zoom Player's media center simplicity makes it ideal for users with no previous computer experience.
With Zoom Player, you can instantly Convert any PC into a Home Entertainment Center (HTPC) with no specialized hardware requirement or operating system. Zoom Player runs with every version of Windows.
What's new in this version: 1. New 'Slate' fullscreen navigation style and default background images. 2. A new scheduling interface. 3. Enhanced fullscreen navigation usability. 4. Support for Color Controls using MadVR. 5. Enhanced API for remote scheduling and playlist creation. 6. Improved detection of multi-part media files and image sequences. 7. Enhanced support for partially downloaded media files. 8. Many bug fixes.
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"Got this player for free elsewhere"
Version: Zoom Player Free 8.5.1
Yes it's a bit daunting at times. But worth the time it takes o figure things out. Plays video better than the VLC I had to install for XBMC player. Or Gom player. Or others I've tried. Adjustable screen format. Adjustable sound.
Learning required as in other decent players to get the best results.
Plays many different files well.
"Pretty good alternative on Windows 8"
Version: Zoom Player Free 8.5.1
Plays lots of video files and has an attractive interface that is not confusing when it comes to adjusting things on the fly settings wise. Handy stretch mode for wide screens when viewing 4:3 aspect ratio videos
DVD Playback wont properly work unless you have the latest video card drivers, you will get key exchange errors if you dont.
I tried other players such as VLC, Media Player Classic, GOM and they were all messy to use for a casual user like me. This player has the potential to rival the paid alternatives that are on the market plus it always keeps itself up to date with reminders that a new decoding component is available. It played my movies with little trouble at all and works for a lot of video files friends send me in my email. Just plays everything without a hassle.
"Don't know if the player or me?"
Version: Zoom Player Free 8.10
I cannot say because I could not figure out in a reasonable time frame with medium effort how to get the player to play files, video, etc.
Confusing and complicated. Did I miss something? The editor's review said it was simple to use.
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