The media player is an essential tool to play video files on your computer. In Windows operating system Windows media player is the default media player that shipped with Windows. But it couldn’t play all video formats available on the internet. The rise of the internet offered tons of videos in different formats. But playing is a bit difficult, as it couldn’t play on all media players. When I started to use a computer in 2002, it is very difficult to find the right player to play a certain file. You have to find out the media players that support that format. Now we have a number of awesome video players that can open videos with almost any file extension such as AVI, MPEG, WMV, MP4, DVR-MS, MKV, FLV, OGG, etc. Here are some cool video players that can play any video formats that you throw into it.
VLC Media Player
VLC player, the popular free and open-source cross-platform multimedia player is the top player in the list. This is the only player that you need to play most of the multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. VLC has hardware decoding on most platforms. It supports 0-copy on the GPU and can fallback on software when required.
GOM Player can play damaged video files, in all popular formats. It supports various file formats including AVI, MP4, MKV, FLV, WMV, MOV, DVD, and Audio CD. It can search for codecs and can play a damaged file or a file being downloaded.
Pot Player provides the maximum performance with the minimum resource using DXVA, CUDA, QuickSync.
Kodi (formerly XBMC) is a free and open-source media player application developed by the XBMC/Kodi Foundation. Kodi is available for multiple operating-systems and hardware platforms.
Plex Media Player
Plex is a client-server media player system, the Plex Media Server desktop application runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux.
AVS Media Player
Watch videos, play audios, and view pictures with AVS Media Player. The program offers rich functionality and a user-friendly interface.
MPC-HC is a light-weight, open-source media player for Windows. It supports all common video and audio file formats available for playback.
K-Multimedia Player is a media player for Windows which can play many formats including VCD, DVD, AVI, MKV, Ogg, OGM, 3GP, MPEG-1/2/4, AAC, WMA 7, 8, WMV, RealMedia, FLV, and QuickTime.
MPlayer is a video player that supports most formats. MPlayer supports a wide range of supported output drivers. MPlayer has an onscreen display for status information, nice big antialiased shaded subtitles and visual feedback for keyboard controls.
Miro can play MPEG, Quicktime, AVI, H.264, Divx, Windows Media, Flash Video, and almost every other major video format.
Banshee can play music, videos, podcasts, and Internet radio. You can discover new music and podcasts.
Zoom Player is a flexible and customizable Media Player for Windows. Zoom Player’s media center simplicity is good for people with little to no previous computer experience while making it a joy to use for experienced hard-core users.
BSplayer is a free media movie player, equipped with advanced subtitle options which enable the users to watch video content with subtitles from many popular subtitle formats.
UMPlayer is a cross-platform multimedia player supporting many audio and video codecs and file formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It has some advanced features such as a built-in subtitle search and YouTube player.
There are a number of video and audio players available on PC. Most free version players also had a pro version with more features. Media monkey is a music and video organizer. Mpv is a free media player for the command line. It supports a wide variety of media file formats, audio and video codecs, and subtitle types. Mpv is used in the Plex media player.