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Windows 7: Best Video Player?

06 Feb 2010   #11
dualbootguy1

Windows Vista
 
 

Does the VLC player show a thumbnail of the video on the desktop for WMV and RM?


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06 Feb 2010   #12
topgundcp

win 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Windows Media Player would play all formats provided when you install the codecs, you have to configure for it to play e.g MKV, MP4, flv, Real etc..., k-lite full 5.61 or Shark codecs would do it.
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06 Feb 2010   #13
TimStitt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

My favorite by far is GOMPlayer from GomLab. It plays everything that I need including FLV's, it;s very user friendly and has never crashed on me in at least 5 years (and as many versions). GOMPlayer. It also automatically downloads codecs as needed. Although, I do install my own codec packs.
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07 Feb 2010   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
Windows Media Player would play all formats provided when you install the codecs, you have to configure for it to play e.g MKV, MP4, flv, Real etc..., k-lite full 5.61 or Shark codecs would do it.
If you want to kill your system, you can do that. Not on any of my systems.
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07 Feb 2010   #15
monkeys breath

windows
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post

If you want to kill your system, you can do that. Not on any of my systems.
there is nothing wrong with the codec packs. it is your choice not to use them, but since you do not use them do not make a broad statement like the one above.
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07 Feb 2010   #16
Shark007

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Some peoples lack of knowledge is more prevalent than others. (whs)

to quote myself...
Quote:
knowledge only exists for those that actively persue it
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07 Feb 2010   #17
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

I use to say VLC, but Media Player Classic Home Cinema hands down. It has support for x64, and supports EVR as part of DXVA/Media Foundation. You can also consider ffdshow x64 beta instead.
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07 Feb 2010   #18
RST101

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
Windows Media Player would play all formats provided when you install the codecs, you have to configure for it to play e.g MKV, MP4, flv, Real etc..., k-lite full 5.61 or Shark codecs would do it.
If you want to kill your system, you can do that. Not on any of my systems.
????

How is he going to "kill" his system by installing codecs? Having a guru badge(cough) means you are knowledgeable in all things seven and able to offer the best advise available and that my friend is on the contrary from you.


On to the op and his question my recommendation(for what its worth) would be either sharks codec pack for wmp12 or the kmplayer which is fabulous at it's job.
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07 Feb 2010   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by monkeys breath View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post

If you want to kill your system, you can do that. Not on any of my systems.
there is nothing wrong with the codec packs. it is your choice not to use them, but since you do not use them do not make a broad statement like the one above.
It is not my habit to make statements about things I do not understand - after 50 years in computers I know that this would not be the proper way of doing things. I did provide one reference (which leads to a lot of other references) to demonstrate my position. See here: Why Codec Packs Are Bad - How-To Geek Wiki

PS: Those who read will learn.
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07 Feb 2010   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shark007 View Post
Some peoples lack of knowledge is more prevalent than others. (whs)

to quote myself...
Quote:
knowledge only exists for those that actively persue it

Shark, I am sure you are trying to do a good job. But that does not change the fact that there are a lot of very bad codec packs on the market. And the layman cannot tell the good ones from the bad ones. I have seen may people getting their system into trouble because of shoddy codec packs and had to bail them out.
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