Best Free Media Players for PC (2017)

Which is the best media player for Windows PC — If you’re looking for this question’s answer, you’re at the right place. Apart from being a feature-rich software, a media player also needs to be simple, intuitive, and lightweight.

As there are tons of software available for Microsoft Windows platform, choosing the right one for your computer isn’t an easy task. Also, with the increasing number of newer media formats, not all free media players are capable of running all file formats.

1. VLC Media Player

Created by the VideoLAN project, VLC Media Player is known to support a vast number of audio and video compression methods and file formats. Over the years, VLC has earned the reputation of being the “play everything” video player. VLC has also inspired the development of many other media players with the same focus.

2. PotPlayer

PotPlayer comes with a wide range of customization options that allow you to make this software fit for your needs. Using the techniques like CUDA, QuickSync, and DXVA, PotPlayer is able to deliver maximum performance and a lightweight experience. That’s why PotPlayer is the second best media player on the list.

3. KMPlayer

KMPlayer is another great and free Windows 10 media player that possess the ability to play almost all mainstream video and audio files. As it has an inbuilt codec for Windows 10, the users don’t need to look for any different codec. To increase its compatibility even further, you can add external codecs. With the support for 3D, 4K, UHD support, the users can enjoy high definition videos on your devices.

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4. Media Player Classic – Home Cinema

Talking about all the fancy features, just like other software on this list, Media Player Classic doesn’t come loaded. But, that doesn’t mean that it’s going to disappoint you. This free multimedia player can be used even on your old computer without any hassle. Media Player Classic is a great Windows 10 Media Player alternative and it also features a DVD player software on Windows 10, subtitle download option, Skype integration, etc.

5. GOM Media Player

Apart from the basic functionalities that come loaded with other popular PC media players, GOM Player comes with lots of advanced features like A-B repeat, Media Player Capture, speed control, audio and video effects, screen capture, etc. It also gives you the choice to change skins and make the whole look of GOM Player highly customized. Using GOM’s own library, you can download lots of subtitles. You can also link this awesome media player for PCs with the vast database of OpenSubtitles.org.

 

So, which media player do you use to enjoy movies and other media content? Don’t forget to share your views and become a part of the discussion.

Ajith Srikumar

Editor, Graphic designer, Electronic music producer, Software geek, interested more in technologies connecting life, and writes about them.