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Video Software for Android

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

VLC
Free

VLC

Free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia files.

Free
Editors' rating
Publisher: Videolabs Downloads: 74,193
RealPlayer

RealPlayer
Free

RealPlayer

Manage and play your media on the Android device.

Free
Editors' rating
User rating
Publisher: RealNetworks Downloads: 90,676
Youtube Video Downloader

Youtube Video Downloader
Free

Youtube Video Downloader

Search, browse, play, share and download any of the YouTube videos you like.

Free
Publisher: Oshoapp Downloads: 54,197
XBMC

XBMC
Free

XBMC

Play audio and video files with this cross-platform player.

Free
Editors' rating
User rating
Publisher: Team Kodi Downloads: 71,583
Video Editor All In One

Video Editor All In One
Free

Video Editor All In One

Convert video into various other format.

Free
Editors' rating
Publisher: Creatiosoft Solution Downloads: 35,462
VideoBox

VideoBox
Free

VideoBox

Download and share videos across Android, PC, and Web.

Free
Publisher: LiveMixing Downloads: 20,840
XMTV Player

XMTV Player
Free

XMTV Player

Play your favorite live TV, VOD streams, audios, and videos right on your Android mobile.

Free
User rating
Publisher: RachevLabs Downloads: 18,936
Format Factory

Format Factory
Free

Format Factory

Convert all your video and music files on your android device.

Free
Publisher: Keerby Application Downloads: 13,676
YTD Video Downloader

YTD Video Downloader
Free

YTD Video Downloader

Download online videos on your Android device.

Free
User rating
Publisher: GreenTree Applications Downloads: 12,103 External File

This software is available to download from the publisher site.

QQ Player

QQ Player
Free

QQ Player

Play popular file formats on your Android, including AVI, FLV, MP4, MOV and more.

Free
Editors' rating
Publisher: Tencent Downloads: 11,812
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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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