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Video Software for Web Apps

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.
Tubidy Mobile Video Search Engine

Tubidy Mobile Video Search Engine
Free

Tubidy Mobile Video Search Engine

Watch videos from the internet on your mobile phone.

Free
Publisher: Tubidy Downloads: 163,516
KeepVid

KeepVid
Free

KeepVid

Save Youtube clips from the web in various formats.

Free
User rating
Publisher: KeepVid Downloads: 45,123
One True Media

One True Media
Free

One True Media

Create mashups and share them online.

Free
User rating
Publisher: One True Media Downloads: 43,859
Downloadyoutubevideos

Downloadyoutubevideos
Free

Downloadyoutubevideos

Download YouTube videos.

Free
User rating
Publisher: Downloadyoutubevideos Downloads: 34,984
Animoto

Animoto
Free

Animoto

Create pro-style videos set to music automatically with this Web app.

Free
User rating
Publisher: Animoto Productions Downloads: 22,229
Bender Converter

Bender Converter
Free

Bender Converter

Convert any video / audio to MP3, AVI, iPod, iPhone, Animated GIF etc. 100% Free!

Free
User rating
Publisher: Bender Converter Downloads: 18,767 External File

This software is available to download from the publisher site.

Stupeflix Video Maker

Stupeflix Video Maker
Free

Stupeflix Video Maker

Turn your photos, videos into beautiful stories.

Free
User rating
Publisher: Stupeflix Downloads: 18,263
JayCut

JayCut
Free

JayCut

Engage your audience with the world's premier online video editor.

Free
User rating
Publisher: JayCut Downloads: 17,683
Veoh

Veoh
Free

Veoh

Broadcast videos online.

Free
User rating
Publisher: Veoh Networks Downloads: 13,690
Metacafe

Metacafe
Free

Metacafe

Share and broadcast videos online.

Free
User rating
Publisher: MetaCafe Downloads: 13,103
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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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