List of Recommended Multimedia Players
RealPlayer with its capability of ‘streaming media’ is a cross-platform media player that can play back several multimedia formats. Its additional functions include randomization of playlists with its ‘playlist editor’, playing back of video tracks in full screen mode, recording of audio via a sound card, audio converter to convert from one format to another and continuous play.
It has a range of plug-ins for better viewing and listening experiences. Audio enhancers, playback plug-ins, visualizations and RealPlayer skin creators are some much utilized plug-ins. Features like audio CD burning, multimedia search, embedded web browser and DVR style playback buffering are provided by some versions of the RealPlayer.
UltraISO Premium’ is a proficient and versatile application capable of accommodating nearly 30 data formats like Nero, BIN, ISO and CloneCD. It can also extract, create, convert, edit and burn disc images of other formats. Its additional features like ‘write disk image feature’ and ‘bug fixes’ enhance its functionality. Multiple functions like creating and editing ISO files directly or from the files and folders available on our computers or making bootable CDs and DVDs or generating ISO images from CD/DVD-ROMs can easily be performed by this powerful utility, with the help of built in burning engine. Its add-on tools enable us to create multi-boot CDs and DVDs.
GOM Player (Gretech Online Movie Player)’ scores over other media players with its ability to play a majority of media files without the support of external codecs and to play broken media files by skipping the damaged frames. It supports a number of subtitle formats like Unicode, SAMI, SubStation Alpha and the like. It enjoys unrivalled popularity in South Korea for playing a variety of video and audio formats including .flv files. When it fails to play natively any of the file formats, its unique identifier summons the appropriate codec to play that particular format or guides the user to a relevant link from where such codec can be downloaded or installed.
FLV Player is a open source free application that plays Flash FLV and H 264 (MPEG-4) videos. Its simple navigation controls allow the user to perform with ease various basic functions like adjustment of volume, muting, resizing the window, playing forward and backward. Its file association feature enables it to open and play the file in FLV player. All the interface elements of FLV can be hidden when ‘video only mode’ is enabled. It is customizable to the extent of embedding Flash video content within SWF files by encoding them in a similar way as SWF files. Embedded video users on the web like YouTube, Google Video and Hulu prefer this utility.