Daum PotPlayer is a pretty awesome free media player for Windows. It can play nearly all media files without requiring additional codecs yet supports OpenCodecs and can install extra codec packs automatically. It’s easy to use yet rivals complex open-source projects in features and options.
Visually appealing and easy to use
The setup process guides you through a series of steps, which take very little of your time. Additional codecs are installed only if these are missing from your computer and not without your consent.
Running it unveils a pretty interface, with elements reduced to a minimum, yet managing to include all necessary playback options, volume slider and a decent, resizable preview section. A playlist can be toggled on, as well as a control panel, with the possibility to stick them to the main window and move around the desktop as a group.
Supporting a large variety of formats
Adding a media file is no rocket science, and barely requires you to drag desired items either over the playlist or the preview section. Lists can be easily saved and loaded when needed, as well as importing already existing ones.
You need not worry whether or not the application is capable of opening a certain file, as it supports nearly all available formats. Ranging from AVI, WMV, MP4, 3GP, FLV, MKV in the video category, to MP3, WAV, FLAC, AAC, APE for music, and even commonly used playlists, tha application is sure to satisfy any requirement. The actual list of supported formats is considerably larger than the few mentioned examples.
Enhance audio and video experience
The application puts several tools at your disposal in order to fully enjoy clips or songs. A control panel lets you carefully adjust several frequency sliders or put presets to good use, to get the most out of the audio. Moreover, your custom configurations can be saved for later use.
Furthermore, you can adjust a few color related sliders to correct any errors in a video or make it suitable to your liking. Subtitles can also be inserted and placed at a custom position, while an integrated function lets you take snapshots of desired frames.
Taking everything into consideration, we can say that PotPlayer is worth at least a try. The interface is extremely minimalistic, letting even the most inexperienced accommodate in a jiffy. However, it’s packed with rich features under the hood, coming in handy even to pro users. It might just convince you to keep it around for a long time.
Setup options: PotPlayer’s installer tree view makes it easy to select options like File Associations, Visualizations, Shortcuts, and Subtitle Formats. We could also install codec packs during setup.
Good looking: There’s nothing unique about PotPlayer’s dark default theme, other than it’s attractively rendered (and re-skinnable, too).
Performance: PotPlayer supports: DXA, CUDA, and QuickSync; multiple types of 3D glasses with various 3D output formats; HDTV, DVD, and TV devices; seamless playback of damaged files; and more.
Audio options: PotPlayer supports multiple audio streams; choice of sound card, output mode, and format; output resampling; and S/PDIF outputs taken before or after AC3 and DTS processing.
Aspect ratio: PotPlayer’s Default aspect ratio setting is Free, which fits the video to the window shape, yet in the video settings, Fit to Video is Recommended. Surely the Recommended setting should be Default (and vice versa).
Fiddly: As we noted above, PotPlayer has a lot of options, some of which might be challenging for inexperienced users.
If you thought you’d seen it all in free media players, have a look at impressive Daum PotPlayer.
Support : Windows 8/8.1/VISTA/XP