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Editors' Review

Daum Potplayer: It's probably not what you're thinking, whatever that is. It is, in fact, a free video player. We hear you say, "There are so many free video players; what sets this one apart?" Its built-in codecs handle most video formats, and you don't have to install them yourself. It has several levels of controls and settings, making the most useful commands easily accessible. It's attractive but also skinnable and customizable. It supports a variety of video devices, including capture devices like cameras, DVD and digital recorders, and both analog and digital TV, including channels.

Potplayer opened with its Playlist window displayed, but we could toggle it open and closed from the interface. This player has a full suite of familiar controls and counters on its interface, including full screen, repeat, shuffle, and volume, but you can also access filter and rendering settings, speaker options, and other settings from the main window. Right-clicking the interface or the program's system tray icon accesses an extensive main menu.

Under Options, we could set housekeeping and behavioral features such as On Top, Prevent Screen Saver, and shut-down at specified times. Clicking Control Panel opened a small, rectangular, tabbed box giving quick access to Audio, Colors, Caption, and Playback settings. The Audio settings include the optional equalizer, which itself offers an extensive menu of preset audio schemes. Likewise the color sliders made quick adjustments a snap. Things got even more detailed when we opened the Preferences sheet, which includes device configuration, network settings, and other advanced options.

When we opened and played a familiar video, we were surprised to see a distorted aspect ratio, which expanded and contracted as we dragged the window. The default aspect ratio setting seems to be Free, not Fit to Video, which is actually the program's recommendation. However, we quickly changed the settings, which restored our movie's proper presentation. The Playlist is part of the interface, not a separate window that can be placed separately, though that's a minor matter of preference. We certainly have no complaints about the Playlist's editing options. Daum Potplayer proved one of the more versatile freeware players we've tried.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.7.14804
  • Added the ability to output image subtitles to subtitle browser
  • Added the ability to move window only on the title bar
  • Added av1 video codec decoding function
  • Improved online subtitle download/upload function
  • Improved online subtitle translation processing
  • Fixed a problem where cover image of flac file was not shown when playing seamlessly
  • Fixed an issue where new PotPlayer was running when adding a playlist to browser
  • Fixed an issue that can't save some settings of the built-in WASAPI audio renderer
  • Fixed an error when decoding MJPEG in certain files
  • Fixed a problem that no sound while playing certain TS files
  • Fixed an issue that can't play certain AVI/OGG files
  • Fixed an issue where playback on the rotated monitor was not smooth
Publisher Daum Communications
Publisher web site
Release Date October 16, 2018
Date Added October 16, 2018
Version 1.7.14804
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 26.25MB
File Name PotPlayerSetup.exe
Total Downloads 460,890
Downloads Last Week 725
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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