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Review for KMPlayer

KMPlayer is a standalone media player that allows you to watch video encoded in a wide variety of codec formats without being forced to deal with the technical details of such things. Couple this versatility with the ability to do things like to play locked media files, damaged or incomplete AVI files and more to see why this media player is so popular.



Where Did KMPlayer Come From?

Though it had relatively meager beginnings, KMPlayer has been established as one of the leading media players over the years. It rose to popularity when it was used by GOM to stream the Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm tournament and season 3 of the League of Legends World Championship in 2013.

This use of KMPlayer for streaming media has forced it to evolve into a player that facilitates media discovery via bundled applications to make the end-user experience both more convenient and succinct.



What Benefits Does KMPlayer Provide?

Here's what KMPlayer can do:

- It can play back media encoded in various formats without the need for additional codecs to be installed. This includes video encoded in VCD, DVD, AVI, MKV, 3GP, MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, RealMedia and QucikTime formats, and it includes audio recorded in MP3/4, Ogg Theora and OGM formats. Other supported codecs are available than those listed here.

- KMPlayer can play back damaged, incomplete or partially deleted AVI files.

- Previews of locked media files can be played even while the file downloads.

- Compressed audio albums can be played without the need to unzip them to a physical location on the disk.

- It supports playing back real-time video and audio capture. It can also save screenshots during this process.



What Technical Aspects Makes KMPlayer Unique?

From a technical perspective, the relatively small file size and clever integration of Direct X 11 features makes KMPlayer a powerful player. It's also a convenient one, considering that it can support many codecs out of the box and the user interface lacks any clutter.

This makes it an above average stand-alone media player for general movie viewing and other tasks, but the real area where KMPlayer shines is when you use it to stream video or to watch gaming.



The Bottom Line About KMPlayer

KMPlayer features rich video and audio playback capable of taking advantage of Direct X 11-only playback while giving you the extra tools you need for general use. It's a solid choice as a stand-alone media player, but you'll get the most utility out of it if you use it for things like streaming video, watching live games or for taking advantage of the newly-released KMPlayer for Connect feature that lets you view videos saved on your PC with your mobile devices.



July 2, 2014, by Sandra Conlin
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