Dec 29, 2007

Alternative Video Player To End All Video Players

I don't know about you but I am not a big fan of the built in media player that comes with Windows. It just doesn't play the stuff I want it to play 99% of the time. Mostly because of it's limited library of codecs or format support.

For a while I have been using Media Player Classic as a part of the K-Lite Codec pack which works pretty well for most things, but it will not play Quicktime files. For that I still need to download Quicktime.

I needed something that would play everything and just simply work. Luckily I found it in Miro Video Player. Miro plays every video and audio format known to man including Quicktime, and Linux based formats like OGG. Another cool thing about Miro is it is available for Windows, Linux and Mac users.

Here is a list of features from their website:

Play Almost Anything
Forget about the format wars. Miro can play MPEG, Quicktime, AVI, H.264, Divx, Windows Media, Flash Video, and almost every other major video format.

One After Another
Set your Miro preferences to either play videos one after another (in the order they appear) or to play a video then stop. If you have Miro set to play videos one after another, you can always right-click on an individual video and have it play then stop.

Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts for all the key playback commands makes it easy to configure a remote control.

Video Playlists
Bring together your favorite videos into a playlist. You can drag them one by one or select a few and right-click to add to a playlist or odd create a new playlist that they will be added to.

Thumbnail Creation
Miro will create a thumbnail for any video that doesn't have one.

Channel and Playlist Folders
Group your channels by topic by creating folders. Do the same for playlists.

Watch Any Folder
Videos can come in from lots of places-- a web browser, email, a p2p application, or Miro. Miro can watch any folder on your computer and include those videos in your collection. So when you save something to your desktop, for instance, it will show up in Miro without needing to be added manually.

Move Your Library
Running out of space? Miro can move your video collection to any location on your system, such as an external hard drive.

Bring Your Videos Together
When you install Miro, you can search you computer to find all your video files and list them in your Miro Library.

For a complete list of features click here (Miro Features)

Take a look at this demo video:

So the choice really comes down to what you prefer. Do you like having multiple applications installed that basically do the same thing, but can only support certain formats, or do you want to cut out all the bull crap and install something that plays everything? I knew you would do the right thing.

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