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What's a good video player for Windows 8 ?

Digital Doctor

Well-known member
#3
Why would you need anything different just because it's Windows 8?
Thought there might be something new.
Haven't looked at Video players for a few years.

My Camcorder files - Sanyo (.mp4 files).

VLC
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Windows Media
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That's pretty bad performance.

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I wonder if I can get a better H264 codec for VLC.
 
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AdamD

Well-known member
#9
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.
 

mistypants

Well-known member
#10
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.
 

Amaury

Well-known member
#11
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.
This. It can play pretty much any file.
 

Jaxel

Well-known member
#12
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.