The Free & Powerful Video Player You’ve Never Heard About – GOM Media Player

Joel Lee 03-06-2013

gom playerNot too long ago, I found myself impressed by the sleek functionality of GOM Audio Tired Of Big & Bloated Music Players? Try GOM Audio For Free! Read More  for Windows. It turns out that GOM has its own free video player as well – GOM Media Player – and I knew I just had to check it out. Most people already know about the big name players, like VLC 7 Top Secret Features of the Free VLC Media Player VLC should be your media player of choice. The cross-platform tool has a bag full of secret features you can use right now. Read More , but I wanted to see if the GOM player could match them in performance and quality.


GOM Media Player originates from South Korea and is the number one media player in that country. It’s also the primary client for GOMTV, which is a popular streaming service in said country. If that doesn’t convince you that there’s some serious clout behind GOM’s player, I don’t know what will. Join me as I explore this powerful piece of software to see what it can do.

First Impressions

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Like all of the best programs, GOM Media Player presents you with a step-by-step introduction wizard to set up all of the basic features right away. First, you choose a mode: Normal (the default configuration), High-Quality (for high-quality displays, but requires more processor power), and TV-Output (optimized for televisions). You can always customize the settings further – these just provide you with a baseline setup.

The setup then guides you through a few sideline settings, like which codec settings you want to use, your speaker setup, subtitle font size, and whether or not you want to associate different file types with the GOM player. That’s it for the setup wizard. It’s easy to navigate and gives a glimpse into all of the features you’ll find in GOM, so I have good feelings about this.


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I stand ambivalent on GOM’s user interface. In terms of aesthetics, the default skin (and the other skins that come packaged by default) are all on the ugly side. It’s not that they’re bad, but they seem dated with all the gradients and rounded corners. Fortunately, there are some user-created skins that you can find in their skin directory and those are beautiful.

In terms of layout, though, GOM is fantastic – informative and functional without being cluttered. You’ve got the typical buttons for playback and volume control, as well as three buttons for quick access to playlists, a control panel, and opening new files. What I like best is that regardless of which skin you use, approximately 90% of the interface is video playback. That’s what a video player should be: don’t distract from the video with interface elements.

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The GOM player has something called a control panel, which gives you a wide range of control options for the current video being played. It’s split into four sections:

  • Video: This panel controls the brightness, contrast, and saturation for the video playback. There are also buttons you can click to pan or zoom the video and even take screen captures.
  • Audio: There’s nothing too special about this one. It’s just a 10-band equalizer that you can use to optimize your video’s audio playback.
  • Subtitle: Now this is just cool. You can alter the size and position of subtitles on the fly. I like to watch with subtitles so I don’t ever miss any context, so this is fantastic for me. In addition, you can adjust the timing of the subtitles (back or forward) with one click of a button in case you have synchronization issues.
  • Control: This panel lets you change playback speed (default, slow, fast) and lets you jump around in the video. Nothing special there. But there is an A-B Repeat mode where you can set a section of the video to repeat playback.


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Here’s the thing about watching videos: once you have a file that you want to watch, it’s really annoying when issues arise that delay or prevent you from actually watching it. And even when the video plays, a lack of features can prove unsatisfying. Fortunately, GOM has some great features that will impress:

  • Codec Finder: GOM comes equipped with a few codecs in the default installation. It doesn’t include a huge swath of default codecs because most users have no need for them (their words, not mine). But if you end up playing a video that GOM doesn’t have a codec for, it will search for one
  • Image Capture: Like mentioned above, the GOM player can take screen captures of the video being played. You have the choice of saving it directly to disk or copying it to your clipboard. The Burst Capture lets you take multiple captures in quick succession.
  • Audio Capture: GOM can strip the audio from a video and save it as its own file. You get to select the format and quality of the resulting audio.
  • Video and Audio FX: Apply different effects to your video and audio in real-time if you want. Video effects include adding or reducing noise, sharpening images, deinterlacing, and deblocking. Audio effects include voice filters, reverb, and 3D stereo.

Supported Media File Formats

In case you’re wondering whether or not GOM Media Player supports a particular format before you decide to switch over, here’s the out-of-the-box list:

  • Audio: MP3, AAC, OGG, M4A.
  • Subtitle: SRT, SUB, SMI, RT
  • Playlist: ASX, PLS


I’ve always been a big proponent of Media Player Classic – Home Cinema Looking For A Lightweight Media Player? Try Media Player Classic - Home Cinema As of 2012, there are a ton of media players available on the market, and many of them are free. With such a large selection, sometimes it can be hard to pick which software will... Read More for video playback but GOM Media Player is just too enticing to not consider the switch, especially since it’s completely free. I’ll be using it for the next few weeks and that should tell you something about how much I like the GOM player. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea (nothing ever is), but I recommend that you at least give it a go. It’s worth it.


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  1. Anonymous
    September 23, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Does anyone know that the latest GOM Player just makes over 5000 registry modifications. I seriously don't think that's serious anymore. It made my W7 OS equiped with i7 8GB Ram crash for some reason and I had to use a restart point to make the OS work again. Why do such heavy programs like GOM Player not make a restore point ??

  2. Rahul Yadav
    June 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    The Free & Powerful Video Player "You’ve Never Heard About" - Is that a joke :p
    I've been using GOM player since 4 years. It's one of the best video players after VLC and am sure a huge number of people out there know about GOM player. Please change that title Sir. It doesn't sound appropriate.

  3. suneo nobi
    June 7, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Gom has some audio problem with some video files..................

  4. SRChiP
    June 7, 2013 at 7:08 am

    I prefer PotPlayer (with the LAV codecs) over GOM Player, which is also from Korea.

  5. Manide
    June 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I think any guy who have ever tried to find a decent media player heard about GOM player. I'm still using it, although I have three media player on my PC.

  6. 1hegame
    June 5, 2013 at 5:53 am

    "You’ve Never Heard About – GOM Media Player" No. I'm using it from years. That is my favorite and I love it. So simple and powerful with so much flexibility which can be easily done.

  7. PhilGreg
    June 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    The link is to CNET who always adds adware to the installer. There are other links that are clean such as;


  8. Sri Vastav Reddy
    June 4, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    i will stick with my sweat old VLC Media player :p
    By the way i used but it crashes a lot - if u'r RAM is almost Full
    But VLC works Fine ...

  9. Besian Cato
    June 4, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Been once a die hard fan of it until it let me down on some hi res .mkv files that vlc open with no problem.
    As for now I'm not going back to it.

  10. michel
    June 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    over the years I've tried a lot of video players, but I always ditch them and simply use WMP, despite its faults. Thing is, nobody ever improves the experience for me. I never see a difference in audio or video quality, the interfaces are always both overcrowded with functions I never use, and hideous.

    I want a player that looks good and is easy to use: I want to drag files to the player to add them to a playlist, I want that playlist to be automatically saved, and I want to pause with the spacebar.

    Why can't I find this?

  11. Andy Liu
    June 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Dumped GOM for VLC, dumped VLC for KMplayer, dumped KMplayer for potplayer. Haven't meet anything that trumps it.

    • Joel Lee
      June 6, 2013 at 2:40 am

      If you haven't tried Media Player Classic - Home Cinema yet, you might try that one.

  12. Imesh Chandrasiri
    June 4, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I personely don't like GOM player! I prefer k-lite codec pack ( mega ) which provides almost all the codecs needed to play a video. it even provides a light weight player called media player classic! You should try it out! :) Really nice!

    • Joel Lee
      June 6, 2013 at 2:40 am

      I mentioned Media Player Classic - Home Cinema in the article! It's been my default player for a long, long time and it is indeed great. If you don't like GOM, then at least you like MPC-HC! :P

  13. Ryuga Hououji
    June 4, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I actually used GOM before, but I've had some issues with it. Since then, I've switched to Daum and VLC.

  14. Adly Asraf
    June 4, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Been using GOM for years now and really love it.

  15. Emmanuelle Ravago
    June 4, 2013 at 4:49 am

    Stopped using GOM since 2008ish, switched to a more powerful player VLC.
    But GOM was a nice experience and should suffice the average user.

  16. Mark
    June 4, 2013 at 3:37 am

    using KMPayer

  17. Zhong J
    June 4, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Has this article been published twice? I've commented on same topic covering GOM and it seems it's getting popular.....but stick with Totem.

    • Joel Lee
      June 6, 2013 at 2:39 am

      The other article was GOM Audio, this one is GOM Media.

  18. Soluna
    June 4, 2013 at 2:14 am

    I used to use GOM long ago (over 4 years ago), but have stopped using it since then. I was surprised to find an article about it.

    • Sri Vastav Reddy
      June 4, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Same goes Here :p

    • Joel Lee
      June 6, 2013 at 2:38 am

      Yeah, it seems like people were aware of GOM a long time ago but it wasn't that great back then. It's a lot better now, though general opinion seems to be that it still isn't the best out there.

      • Soluna
        June 6, 2013 at 2:54 am

        My videos are almost-exclusively anime now, and many people have found MPC-HC to be preferable when it comes to anime. There are well-known add-ons and configurations so I will stick to what I know :)

  19. kajehart
    June 4, 2013 at 1:43 am

    How heavy is it on Windows system resources?

    • Sri Vastav Reddy
      June 4, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      around 70 MB i guess

  20. Réy Aétar
    June 4, 2013 at 12:19 am

    tried but not that impressive going back to vlc but i must agree the audio was superior to vlc

  21. omiZ
    June 3, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    >I’ve always been a big proponent of Media Player Classic – Home Cinema for video playback but GOM Media Player is just too enticing to not consider the switch, especially since it’s completely free.

    And MPC-HC is not ? :P

    GOM might be free but it ain't open source like MPC-HC (DS Player) or VLC.

    • Joel Lee
      June 6, 2013 at 2:37 am

      Haha, good point. I just meant that since GOM is free, it'd be worth the consider. It's been some time since I wrote this article and I still slightly favor MPC-HC over GOM, so there's that. :D

  22. Tony Batty
    June 3, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    I don't like your Header "The Free & Powerful Video Player You’ve Never Heard About – GOM Media Player" I have been using GOM for the past 2 years + and I like it that all I basically use for movies and music since they introduced GOM Audio and now they have GOM Converter. So please make the necessary changes to your Header to say (The Free & Powerful Video Player You’ve Heard About – But Never Cared to use) GOM Media Player.

    • Endri Bulku
      June 4, 2013 at 1:21 am

      I have been using GOM for the past 3 years but it still have problems with HD videos...