Which products are the best PDF viewer, Video and audio players available?

Sashank G September 6, 2014

Can anyone guide me to which would be the best PDF viewer, the best video player and the best audio player for my windows 8.1 touch PC? I presently use Nitro reader, PotPlayer (I do not use VLC because many say that it spoils the speakers) and Windows Media Player.

Also which could be the best free video editing software and format conversion software?

  1. Dalsan M
    September 8, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    MPC-HC , or Media Player Classic - Home Cinema is a great audio and video player with plugins that can be installed, and various settings to help videos play properly. Many people are turned off by the looks of the media player since it is based on the old classic Windows Media Player from years ago. I, however, would rather simplicity and speed over flashy and glorified media players that require more RAM and CPU than really necessary to pay audio and video.

    If you want the ability to edit the tag information and album cover art for each song along with playing audio files, Media Monkey is a good player. Something similar to Media Monkey is J. River Media Jukebox, and both music players are able to sync audio files with Apple iOS products instead of having to rely on iTunes. Other than these music players, I've only used Windows Media Player, MPC-HC, and VLC since I do not typically listen to locally saved music on my computers. Pot Player is one music player that I have seen suggested many times on many different sites for a clean and capable player. Depending on your wants and needs, there are many different players to choose from. Otherwise, you could use a DJ mixer/crossfade music player to mix songs in a playlist so that music fades from one sing to another, but if you have specific audio files in a certain format that isn't supported, these players won't play them.

  2. Howard B
    September 6, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I've used VLC (and prefer Media Player Classic) and have never had a problem with "ruining speakers." It is IMPOSSIBLE for VLC to ruin speakers with the limited output range from a computer's sound card; the "over 100%" range in VLC's sound output was a "cosmetic" display only, and was to discourage you from pushing the sound output too much. Trust me, you can tell when you have the sound output higher than your speakers can handle: sounds will get "muddy" sounding long before you damage the speakers.
    (There is an option in Winamp's equalizer called "preboost" that simply raises the volume of all equalizer channels; why hasn't anybody complained about *that* harming their speakers?)
    I used to recommend Foxit Reader, but with their insistence on going "Windows 8/Visual Studio 2010" style, with ALL-CAPS menus and an ugly, flat visual style, I've switched to Sumatra PDF, which is lightning fast, opens DJVU and CBR/CBZ documents also, and is also free.
    Video converter: Since all my media players now support MKV and MP4, I've stopped using SUPER (which had a thorough but highly confusing interface, but still supported AVI, which I no longer need) in favor of Handbrake. SUPER also had a long, confusing chain of pages you had to wade through to find the real "download" link...eccchh..

  3. Susendeep D
    September 6, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I think you must not believe on the sayings of VLC damaging the speakers unless you've evidence.

    Best PDF viewer - PDF X Change Viewer
    Best Video Player - other than VLC, SMPlayer
    Best audio player - MusicBee,has many features.
    Best Video conversion software - Freemake video converter.

    You can also have a look at the MUO's best windows software.

  4. Oron J
    September 6, 2014 at 10:15 am

    "Best" is a subjective term, as different people have different priorities and preferences. With that out of the way, here are some suggestions.

    PDF reader - Nitro PDF is certainly a good PDF viewer. Personally, PDF Exchange is another excellent and powerful product, and Sumatra is great if you want a tiny and minimal viewer (but then, you could probably just stick with the built-in Win8 app). My personal favourite is Foxit Reader which is represents, in my opinion a good mix of "lightness" and features.

    Video player - KMPlayer and GOM players are also highly regarded, but my favourite is
    VLC. I've never heard of anyone damaging their loudspeakers with it (and I've seen literally hundreds of instalations of VLC over the years), and can't see how that would come about with VLC any more than with other players.

    Audio player - my current favourite is Media Monkey. It's similar in concpet to iTunes or Windows Media Player but in my view has a much better interface. Depending on what you are looking for though, it may be overkill.

    Video editors, [Windows] Movie Maker is a really good free editor and the only one I can personally recommend.

    Video format converter - Handbrake! Without a question a really really fine product. There are some other popular ones (Format Factory, Any Video converter among others) but whenever I've tried them I found that there was either a problem with the program or a big string attached (adware etc), so my vote stays with Handbrake.

    • Shashank
      September 7, 2014 at 7:26 am

      Thanks for the answers.
      But still I do not prefer vlc because it dose not support all formats.
      So what should be my choices other than Pot player.
      How are XBMC and MPC -HC?

      And I am presently using Avidemux. Is Movie maker better than it??

    • Oron J
      September 7, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      XBMC is designed as a media entertainment centre. If that's what you want, it's a great product. I'm not familiar with MPC-HC but from what I see on the web it looks like a very fine package.

      Movie Maker is easier to use than Avidmux. I don't think there's a great deal of difference in terms of features - they're both fairly basic but have got a few goodies built-in.

  5. Hovsep A
    September 6, 2014 at 9:54 am

    best PDF viewer: PDF-XChange Viewer free
    The 6 Best PDF Readers For Windows

    Best Video Player: Zoom Player Free

    best audio player: Jaangle

    Best Free Video Editing: Lightworks
    you can only export the edited video to Web / YouTube (H.264 / MPEG-4) at a maximum resolution of 720p

    Best Free Format Conversion: Freemake
    this is ad-supported application so pay attention during installation.
    Format Factory

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