Best program to play all videotypes?

By nitr0x
Jan 19, 2004
  1. whats the best program that has support for most videotypes?

    ps: must be free
  2. snowman

    snowman TS Rookie Posts: 183

  3. ak_in_charge

    ak_in_charge TS Rookie Posts: 119

    I am a very big fan of Winamp 5.0
  4. siggers

    siggers TS Rookie Posts: 30

    i agree with snowman, the divx player is awesome
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    To play all popular types, you have to stick with WMP since other players have occasional problems with wmv videos (and sadly there are too many of those out there). Other that that I would recommend BSPlayer (lots of features and almost bug free :p , has proper ogm support) or VLC Client (unfinished and lots of bugs but supports many formats).

    In my experience DivX Player was a resource hog and tended to choke bringing down the whole machine sometimes but I haven't tried the latest versions.
  6. tripleione

    tripleione TS Rookie Posts: 154

    I personally use Windows Media Player 9 and QuickTime 6.5. Plays basically everything except for Real media files, which I never download anyway.
  7. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    RealPlayer plays everything (nearly everything - doesn't play Quicktime), but it constantly tries to go online making it a real pain. Windows Media Player 9 is my personal favourite at this time (I haven't tried all the others yet) as it never crashes (not yet anyways) and is widely supported. Basically, if you have the correct codecs installed, most of these tools will cope well with the various types of media formats available.
  8. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

  9. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    Playing ALL video types probably isn't going to happen for any freeware video player.

    Software developers usually have to pay license fees for using other comapany's codec technology. Formats such as quicktime and realplayer cost money and freeware players simply aren't going to exist for as long as the developer has to pay licensing fees.
  10. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,202   +422

    WMPlayer and the proper codecs - should be find except Quicktime and Real. Real Player will never be installed on any PC of mine - and I hate how CPU intensive Quicktime Player is.
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