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TubeMate

TubeMate
Free

TubeMate

Download videos directly to your Android device.

Free
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Publisher: Devian Studio Downloads: 89,739,952
Wise Video Converter

Wise Video Converter
Free to try

Wise Video Converter

Convert all formats of videos for all devices in an easy and fast manner.

Free to try
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User rating
Publisher: WiseCleaner Downloads: 199,715
TubeMate 3

TubeMate 3
Free

TubeMate 3

TubeMate 3, All New Design and User Experience!!!

Free
Publisher: Devian Studio Downloads: 21,105
Adobe Presenter Video Express

Adobe Presenter Video Express
Free to try

Adobe Presenter Video Express

Create, edit and mix interactive HD videos, and transform the video viewing experience.

Free to try
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Publisher: Adobe Systems Downloads: 14,751
Total Video Player

Total Video Player
Free

Total Video Player

Play video and audio files in various popular formats.

Free
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User rating
Publisher: eTinysoft Downloads: 3,165,826
Axara Free FLV Video Player

Axara Free FLV Video Player
Free

Axara Free FLV Video Player

Play FLV files and other popular media formats.

Free
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Publisher: Axara Downloads: 110,842
GOM Player

GOM Player
Free

GOM Player

Play video files in various formats.

Free
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Publisher: Gretech Downloads: 63,617,424
MP4 Player

MP4 Player
Free to try

MP4 Player

Play MP4, FLV, WebM, MP3, and any other format video and audio files.

Free to try
Editors' rating
User rating
Publisher: Tomabo Downloads: 859,404
Free MKV Player

Free MKV Player
Free

Free MKV Player

Play MKV files with full HD sound.

Free
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Publisher: Media Freeware Downloads: 879,911 External File

This software is available to download from the publisher site.

Flip Player

Flip Player
Free

Flip Player

Play, import, convert and export Windows Media video and audio files on your Mac.

Free
Editors' rating
User rating
Publisher: Telestream Downloads: 922,499
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About video players

Web browsers can stream video and audio, but a dedicated video player is ideal for viewing a file that's already on your computer. Video players (aka media players) can handle most audio and video file types, though you may have difficulty playing Blu-ray discs.


Video player FAQs

When shopping for a video player to download, there are several questions you should consider before making your selection.

  • Which file types can it play?
    Make sure the video player software can play the types of video that you want to watch. Check the file extension of your files. For example, video.wmv is encoded in the Windows Media Video format. If you've told Windows to hide the extensions for most files, right-click the file and select Properties. The Type of File section will display the video's extension. On Download.com, the compatible file types are usually listed in the Publisher's Description section of the product page.
  • Does this video player have quality settings?
    Popular video players also have controls that let you adjust brightness, color, saturation, and other visual settings. These can't make a grainy or dark video look pristine and bright, but they can clean up the image. Audio controls with equalizer sliders also let you tweak the treble, bass, and midtone for better clarity (or to compensate for low-quality speakers).
  • How does this video player handle digital rights management (DRM)?
    Some media is protected by digital rights management (DRM) to prevent you from making unauthorized copies. This media can usually only be accessed by using approved software. For example, Apple's music files that use the M4P extension are intended to be played only within iTunes or on an Apple-manufactured device. It's possible to remove this DRM, but it's a legal gray area, and exploring it can lead you to sketchy websites and downloads. Trying to play DRM-encrypted media with a general-purpose player like VLC or Media Player Classic will usually result in an error message.
  • Is Windows Media Player still good?
    For most Windows users, Windows Media Player would be a fine choice, but Microsoft stopped bundling it into the operating system starting with Windows 8 in 2012. If you're still on Windows 7, which will continue to receive security updates until January 2020, then sticking with Windows Media Player will keep things simple.
  • Can you play local video files in a Web browser?
    You may be surprised to hear that you can often just click-and-drag a variety of media files into a Web browser window, and they'll play without trouble. This method isn't that popular, because you don't get as many controls, like brightness and color adjustment, but it works in a pinch. The major browsers, including Google Chrome ( Windows, Mac, Android, iOS) and Mozilla Firefox (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS) can handle most media formats just fine.
  • Can you play Blu-ray discs on a PC?
    Sometimes your PC's Blu-ray drive has bundled software that will play Blu-ray discs, but it's often a trial version -- the license usually expires after 30 days. Once that time is up, you can't play any more discs until you buy a license, which costs in the $60 range. Blu-ray software is also notoriously glitchy. If you want to watch the discs at home, you're probably better off plugging a home theater Blu-ray player into your TV. There's a lot free Blu-ray playing software floating around on the Internet, but it's almost all sketchy.

Best video players

If you can't use Windows Media Player or don't want to, the following are fine video players, and they get periodic updates, meaning you'll get new features and security patches.

VLC Media Player

VLC is one of the most popular video players around and for good reason: It's completely free. How? It's backed by a nonprofit open-source organization. There are no ads, and you don't need to give the company an email address. You just download and install it, then play your video file. However, VLC won't play feature-film Blu-ray discs by default.

Media Player Classic Home Cinema

Media Player Classic Home Cinema is the descendant of Media Player Classic, which emerged as a rival to VLC. Like VLC, Media Player Classic Home Cinema is a free, open-source app. In some cases, it may play a file that VLC cannot, or play it more smoothly. People who play a lot of locally stored media usually have both apps installed, to cover as many bases as possible. Like VLC, Media Player Classic Home Cinema can't play feature film Blu-ray discs.


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