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Free-Video-Players It’s time for another poll. Last time we asked you about music players What's your Favorite Music Player ? [Poll] What's your Favorite Music Player ? [Poll] Read More . Today we are doing the same for video players.

What video player do you use to play movies and other video files? If you’re a regular MUO user, there is a good chance you have a nice video player on your system. Something that is capable of playing pretty much any movie. So like we did in the past, we are asking you to tell us about it. Help us find the best video player out there.

I did my best not to miss any popular free movie player for Windows, Mac or Linux. Most of the below mentioned players are capable of playing pretty much any popular video format. Though I am sure there are some good video players that are missing. Probably more from the Linux side than Windows. If you’re aware of any good one that should have been listed then please tell us about it in the comments. If you’re looking for a free video player that supports lots of video formats proceed to the download links below.

Update: VLC Player was added to the poll. A small clarification though. IT’S a GREAT Player and I DIDN’T FORGET ABOUT IT. I thought it was included in the poll until I saw the comments. This was abt 2 hours after the poll was published. My bad.

Please vote ! (you can select up to 2 options)


Video Player Download Links. All Free!

Please share your thoughts in comments.

  1. Elijah Juliana
    December 17, 2014 at 1:45 am

    VLC is good for playing DVD and totally free. Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is totally free for playing any videos except blu-ray.

  2. Z.N. Singer
    January 27, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I don't get why people like VLC either. The whole reason I'm here looking through this is because I want a player that will not only play my videos, and play it to full advantage, but do so via a nice, pleasing interface. Which VLC does not have. I just can't bring myself to use the thing. Same for Media Player Classic. Ugly-as-sin. KM sounds like it just might make my day though. I've downloaded it. Also GOMplayer.

    P.S. If it's a matter of compatibility, that's really not that hard at all. Just get the right codec pack.

  3. Sah War
    July 11, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    VLC + The KMPlayer = favorite best combo! :)

  4. amit
    May 9, 2009 at 8:24 am

    VLC & Media Player Classic

  5. 919263
    December 16, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    OK... After looking at all the replys...
    KMPlayer is the best... although everyone had said their mind but no one has stated why... Here is why KMPlayer is the Best:
    NO Installation required: You can extract the files into a folder/thumb drive and play the player from there.

    Screen Control: you can control the screen aspect ratio, the clip/media ratio and have options to see the media at 1/2, normal, 1.5 , double and window size... there are custom sizes as well

    Player: This is one player that will play anything you throw at it...3gp,AVI, WMA, WMV, DAT, MPEG, MPG, FLV, REAL, QT, DIVX, DVD, VCD... the list goes on...

    COntrol: You have a lot of control on the way the media plays, right arrow skips the clip 5 secs, Ctrl + Right Arrow skips it 1 min, you can decrease the speed... anything you want to do... (NOT in VLC)

    Tools: Apart from saturation, contrast, brightness at both the SW and the HW level, you can rotate the clip, flip it.. any which way you want...

    Sound: It has a built in equilizer, has plugins to clean the sound track, add effects and all....

    IN ALL... the BEST Media Player I have seen and I have tried all of the one's that have been mentioned in this thread...

    My 2 Cents worth....

    • Ravi Shankar
      November 16, 2009 at 7:35 am

      Ya you're right..

      KMPlayer is the best!!

      up - vol increase
      down - vol decrease
      Right - 5 secs forward
      Left - 5 secs backward
      ctrl+right - 30 secs forward
      ctrl+left - 30 secs backward
      Alt+right - 1 min forward
      Alt+left - 1 min backward
      ctrl+alt+right - 10 mins forward
      ctrl+alt+left - 10 mins backward
      Numpad del(.) - change playback video size without changing the size of the player
      Numpad * - change the aspect ratio, widescreen, etc.
      Numpad + - zoom in
      Numpad - - zoom out
      shift+(numpad+) - increase playback speed
      shift+(numpad -) - decrease playback speed
      spacebar - pause/play toggle
      esc - God!! It is the most useful. It minimizes to the systray! It's good when dad's around!!

  6. softapo777
    August 14, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    The KM Player- fantastic can-do media player with a brilliant array of audio and video tweaks

  7. chris
    August 7, 2008 at 12:26 am

    SMPlayer rulez!!

  8. Joshua
    June 17, 2008 at 3:48 am

    Meh, VLC. Never liked it. *yawn* ;)
    Media Player Classic for the win! I use Media Player Classic and sometimes GOM Player. Both are far superior than VLC, in my opinion.

  9. Suman Namburi
    June 16, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    SMplayer beats every thing i have tried ,even VLC.

  10. Travis
    June 16, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Amarok is great if you use Linux.

  11. Michael
    June 16, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    kmplayer, its like GOM/VLC but better

  12. James
    June 16, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Yeah KMPlayer... It even play FLV files, and it handles subtitles even better than VLC..

  13. Nero
    June 16, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Rajat hit the nail on the head. VLC is a very good player, nothing should be taken away from it but at this point KM Player is by a few leaps the superior application.

  14. david
    June 16, 2008 at 8:08 am

    Cyberlink dvd player - it came with my laptop and it does great for sound quality.

    • Aibek
      June 18, 2008 at 8:34 am

      Cyberlink DVD Player is pretty good, it's not free though.

  15. Rajat
    June 16, 2008 at 7:30 am

    i use KM player... its better than VLC player in terms of the keyboard shortcuts... and plays movies in ALL formats

  16. Rod
    June 16, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Miro is pretty nice.

  17. Syahid A.
    June 16, 2008 at 6:44 am

    GOM has better interface than VLC with the same capability so it is my fav.

  18. nv
    June 16, 2008 at 5:39 am


  19. Womble
    June 16, 2008 at 5:34 am

    KMPlayer Rules!

  20. Marko
    June 16, 2008 at 5:26 am

    The KMPlayer !!!!!!!!

  21. ADD
    June 16, 2008 at 5:15 am

    VLC Media Player, the one the grownups use.

  22. NYC
    June 16, 2008 at 3:44 am

    Crystal Player. I love the way it handles playlists with subtitles. If GOM Player had this kind of features (nice and easy subtitle handling) I would switch inmediately to it.

  23. Mackenzie
    June 16, 2008 at 1:23 am

    I generally just use Totem. No reason to go around installing other players. MythTV's fairly nice for DVDs too, but I uninstalled it.

  24. Nxqd3051990
    June 16, 2008 at 1:21 am

    MPC + ffdshow plugins = play all files :)

  25. Gregor
    June 16, 2008 at 1:19 am

    BS player was, in the starting era of DivX and XviD movies, top notch. really, one of the best media players available. it had many many options other players didn't have one of them was really subtitles support.

    Then, they've released new version, full of bloatware which kinda suggested itself, to move to other client. Well,... gomplayer is my favorite, it's just,.. lately they don't have any updates at all.

    that makes me kinda move again to VLC and find a good theme for it or something ://

  26. Dave T
    June 15, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    I'm not understanding all the VLC love here. I've tried it on several occasions and have had problems with the interface, although never a problem with it playing any particular format. Even skins didn't solve the problem. Media Player Classic, on the other hand, has a very familiar interface and the small packaging, non-installation, and great features have made it a winner in my book. Looking forward to seeing the port of VLC to iPhone for playing of all types of media though.

  27. libertao
    June 15, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    VLC is nice with the included codecs and low footprint, but does have some issues:
    no full screen controls with the mouse, couldn't handle HD content on my 1-year old laptop without skipping problems and there's bug with going in and out of full screen when 'always on top' is selected.

    I can only play HD content with media player classic + coreavc codec.

  28. Kedar
    June 15, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    You didn't include VLC ? That's the best without doubt.

  29. Morgan
    June 15, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Looks like the VLC's have it.

  30. Rob
    June 15, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    VLC is truly the best.

  31. Blaze
    June 15, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    VLC All The Way!

  32. Mark O'Neill
    June 15, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Everyone - as I've already told you, excluding VLC Player was NOT deliberate. It was an accidental oversight. We meant to include it but it was accidently omitted.

    You're free to show your support for VLC Player by voting for "other" and then saying "VLC Player" here in the comments.

    I personally use VLC Player all the time and I like it very much. So I am well aware that it exists and so does Aibek, the owner of Make Use Of.

  33. joseywales
    June 15, 2008 at 7:26 pm're excluding VLC? How can you conduct a poll of this type w/o offering VLC and one of of the options? Very fishy.....

  34. karan
    June 15, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    VLC, so long as the file isn't real or quicktime in format. Then I use media player classic with the relevant plugins.

  35. Famf
    June 15, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    VLC is nothing compared to Media Player Classic (with the Combined Community Codec Pack.)

    I also think mplayer is better than VLC.

    But ya, third place goes to VLC.

    I would like to note that VLC is probably the best at streaming video, though. Which I hardly ever do.

  36. Artem Russakovskii
    June 15, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    MPC, then VLC.

  37. Me
    June 15, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Hey where is the greatest player (maybe not in ease of use, but the greatest in functionality)?
    VLC player!!!

  38. Alvin Finn
    June 15, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    These poll writer need to MakeUseOf a clue. They do a video player poll withou VLC and an audio player poll without Foobar2000. That = clueless.

    • Aibek
      June 15, 2008 at 9:27 pm

      Check the update in the article.

  39. Wez Pyke
    June 15, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    VLC for me.

  40. joe
    June 15, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Uh... VLC much?

  41. PJ
    June 15, 2008 at 6:15 pm


  42. Kasi viswanath
    June 15, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    I use VLC the most and I beleive it is the superior of all,

  43. matthew
    June 15, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    other, VLC.

  44. Mark O'Neill
    June 15, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Yeah sorry guys, I told Aibek to include the VLC player but it looks like he forgot! I love it myself! :-)

  45. Enzo
    June 15, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    On OSX, Quicktime with the free plug-in Perian installed is by far the best video player I've ever used. Plays just about any video format and plays very well with just about all subtitle files. VLC a close 2nd.

  46. Adam
    June 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    what about iTunes? you've got Quicktime on the list, but iTunes is what really makes the Apple formats easy to use

  47. Ellie
    June 15, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Yeah VLC is the best evar! :lol:

  48. Jeff
    June 15, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Yeah, what those guys said...

  49. krisu
    June 15, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    I choose GOM Player, it was many options and custom file supports

  50. surfmadpig
    June 15, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    I agree with all the above. shame on you.

  51. gary
    June 15, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    you forgot the best player VLC you cant make a poll without it
    it plays everthing you throw at without extra codecs needed and has a tiny footprint
    u dont deserve to have a tech blog if you overlook VLC on video playback

  52. Luca
    June 15, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    It seems like you forgot mentioning VLC...

  53. Sean
    June 15, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Umm, you can't even have this poll without VLC.

  54. rhololkeolke
    June 15, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    VLC is better than all of these

  55. Adi
    June 15, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    I think you forgot the VLC Player, which is my fav

    • roi
      June 18, 2008 at 5:32 am

      you forgot zoom player, by far the best player ever!

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