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What's a good video player for Windows 8 ?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Digital Doctor, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    I Win 8 when I click this:

    I get this useless monstrosity.

    Should I get VLC player (which I have used for years) ?

    What are other people using ?
  2. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Why shouldn't you get VLC player?

    Why would you need anything different just because it's Windows 8?
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  3. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Thought there might be something new.
    Haven't looked at Video players for a few years.

    My Camcorder files - Sanyo (.mp4 files).


    Windows Media

    That's pretty bad performance.

    I wonder if I can get a better H264 codec for VLC.
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2013
  4. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Does anyone know if Apple denies the existence of .mkv files like Windows does ?

  5. EQnoble

    EQnoble Well-Known Member

    That's a more than likely a codec issue.

    get k-lite and when you install it set all the video and audio codecs to wmp if that is what you use.

    There is a lot of options...if you don't know what you are doing...do a simple install.
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  6. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    So far I am going to use VLC for everything, but right click > WMP for my old camcorder files.
  7. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

  8. smartpixels

    smartpixels Active Member

    You can use the default player just install a codec like http://codecguide.com/download_kl.htm
    But when VLC is there why go for any other option? I am yet to encounter a format that VLC didn't recognise.
  9. AdamD

    AdamD Well-Known Member

    Yea I use VLC on all my computers, it just....works, with everything I've thrown at it.
    I used to use Media player classic, but sometimes it wouldn't play seemingly random files.
  10. mistypants

    mistypants Well-Known Member

    VLC works really nice, but I also use PotPlayer and KMPlayer from time to time, if you're looking for something that's a bit aesthetically pleasing (even if you can find great VLC skins out there). If you just want to watch video regardless of the format, VLC is still the best.
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  11. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    This. It can play pretty much any file.
  12. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    I personally have never been a fan of VLC. While yes, almost every video "just works" if you use VLC, there is a trade-off. Rather than using the proprietary muxers of other codes, it pretty decides to just ignore all that and process the raw stream. The issue I have is that those proprietary muxers are designed for specific reasons to make your playback look better. Sure, it will play in VLC, but it wont look as good as it should.

    Personally, I use the K-Lite Mega Codec Pack; though you should probably just use the standard K-Lite Codec Pack. I use the Mega version because I am a content producer and make use of many of the extra tools. Both packs include Media Player Classic Home Cinema; which is probably one of the best media player out there because of it's light-weight comparison to the old Windows Media Player 6.
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