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Download.com is the best place to find the latest video software. Here you'll find the top media players, video... more
Download.com is the best place to find the latest video software. Here you'll find the top media players, video converters, and movie editors. Download.com can help you record, capture, publish and share your content to social networks such as Facebook and Youtube.
VLC Media Player (32-bit)

VLC Media Player (32-bit)
Free

VLC Media Player (32-bit)

Play audio and video files in real-time and streaming modes.

Free
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Publisher: VideoLAN Project Downloads: 66,703,836
Any Video Converter

Any Video Converter
Free

Any Video Converter

Convert video and YouTube to AVI, WMV, MP4, FLV, MP3, burn video to DVD movie.

Free
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Publisher: AnvSoft Downloads: 22,678,416 External File

This software is available to download from the publisher site.

VLC Media Player (64-bit)

VLC Media Player (64-bit)
Free

VLC Media Player (64-bit)

Play audio and video files in real-time and streaming modes.

Free
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Publisher: VideoLAN Project Downloads: 3,722,409
FormatFactory

FormatFactory
Free

FormatFactory

Convert your videos, audios, and pictures to preferable file formats.

Free
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Publisher: Free Time Downloads: 10,829,307 External File

This software is available to download from the publisher site.

KMPlayer

KMPlayer
Free

KMPlayer

Play digital media of various formats including incomplete, partially downloaded, or locked files.

Free
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Publisher: KMP Media Downloads: 50,286,371 External File

This software is available to download from the publisher site.

GOM Player

GOM Player
Free

GOM Player

Play video files in various formats.

Free
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Publisher: Gretech Downloads: 63,404,338
Windows Live Movie Maker

Windows Live Movie Maker
Free

Windows Live Movie Maker

Create movies and slide shows from your photos and videos, and share them with your friends and family.

Free
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Publisher: Microsoft Downloads: 3,223,694
Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack

Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack
Free

Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack

Add audio/video codecs and filters to playback any video file.

Free
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Publisher: MediaCodec Downloads: 10,614,043 External File

This software is available to download from the publisher site.

VSDC Free Video Editor

VSDC Free Video Editor
Free

VSDC Free Video Editor

Create and edit videos for home and pro use.

Free
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Publisher: Flash-Integro Downloads: 2,028,304 External File

This software is available to download from the publisher site.

Windows Movie Maker (Windows XP)

Windows Movie Maker (Windows XP)
Free

Windows Movie Maker (Windows XP)

Construct home movies from captured digital video on your Windows XP system.

Free
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Publisher: Microsoft Downloads: 15,494,993
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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.

  • What to look for

    File type
    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.

    • Product page publisher's description

    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).

    Digital rights management
    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.

    • Windows Media Player

      For most 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.

    • CNET video in VLC Media Player

    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 (Windows, Mac, Android)
    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 (Windows)
    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.

    Other ways to play videos

    Playing 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, can handle most media formats just fine.

    Playing Blu-ray discs on your 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.

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