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NEW VERSION 11.1 Free / 12.0 RC1

Zoom Player is the most Powerful, Flexible and Customizable DVD and Media Player for the Windows PC platform. Using our powerful Smart Play technology, more image, audio and video media formats play with less hassle, increased stability and better performance. The proffesional/MAX versions costs from $40, see feature comparison.

Version:11.1 Free / 12.0 RC1
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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
--- What's new in Zoom Player v12.0:

New :

* The media library has a new media metadata-scraping capability that automatically downloads movie posters (TV coming soon), backdrops and still images and displays them in a JukeBox mode.
This is a major feature, Here is a full guide explaining the best methods to ensure your media library collection is scraped correctly:

* The default fullscreen navigation interface has been cleaned up and polished. If you have previously used a non-default navigation skin, you will need to re-apply the skin through the skin selection dialog.

* Within the Media Library fullscreen navigation interface, the area below the file list/thumbnail view that previously showed the filter category icons is now replaced with meta-data and file information.
The category filter icon are still accessible on the category selection page.

* New Zoom Player icon on the taskbar and desktop.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) to specify whether Zoom Player should use the enhanced (Windows Vista+) open file dialog. This setting is enabled by default.
The older open dialog has issues with high DPI monitor setting, causing some of the icon to appear extremely small.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Thumb View) that controls whether folder thumbnails are created from the first media file within the folder (if meta data scraping fails).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) to add Extended Controls (Delete Media and Functions Menu) to the path area of the media library, playlist and file browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) that prevents the "Previous Folder" entry from being added to the media library and file browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New Setting (Media Library Editor / Configure Category) to use a video frame from the media file as thumbnail if the meta data scrapers fail.

* New Setting (Media Library Editor / Configure Category) that controls whether the thumbnail's background is darkened or not. The default value for this setting is determined by the category type.

* New Setting (Media Library Editor / Configure Category) that controls the number of text lines to display under each thumbnail. Depending on the media file's name length, the file name will be word-wrapped across multiple lines.

* New Setting (Media Library Editor / Configure Category) that enables JukeBox mode, where the movie poster, backdrop images and meta-data are scraped from an online database (

* New Setting (Media Library Editor / Configure Category) that controls whether folders with thumbnails should display the folder icon in the background or only the thumbnail.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / BluRay) to let DirectShow filters handle BluRay parsing. This setting is enabled by default and allows 3rd party filters (such as LAV filters) to parse the BluRay structure and decide on the best title selection.

* New media library scraping indicator to make the scraping process clearer by displaying the number of media files waiting to be scraped.

* New folder scraping blacklist, enabling you to prevent scraping of folders. The main use of this new feature is to prevent "sample" and "subs" folder from being scraped, especially when downloading movie posters from or other online databases.

* New media library fullscreen navigation thumbnail view mode's folder icon designed to better display poster aspect ratio (1:1.5) thumbnails.

* When creating a new media library video category, a new dialog prompts for the type of video category, either "Videos", "TV shows" or "Movies". The category type is then use to control the category initial configuration and layout.

* On a fresh install, the Play History dialog's column width are now automatically spaced to better cover the grid's width.

* New skin script variables that control the position and height of the thumbnail drawing area (previously it was set to the file-list height), allowing the thumbnail grid to better utilize the available screen space.

Changes :

+ The media library category editor (use Shift+"M" or access using the right click menu) has been redesigned for enhanced simplicity and user experience.

+ The clear media cache button has moved from the options dialog to the media library category editor dialog (Shift+"M").

+ The thumbnail view's thumbnail memory cache now syncs cached thumbnails directly with the main thread without waiting for other scraping threads, ensuring memory cached thumbnails show up faster while scraping for new content.

+ The subtitle overlay icon, displayed over a thumbnail in the media library has been enhanced for extra clarity (the sub-bits are now highlighted in yellow).

+ The media library fullscreen navigation thumbnail view mode's folder icon has been enhanced to give extra space to the thumbnail image.

+ The media library category editor's "Category Configuration" dialog's layout calculator has been enhanced with improved better defaults for font-size consistency.

+ When the 'Treat the "Play" function as "Open Media" or "Enter"' setting is enabled, using the "Play" function on a folder within the file browsing or media library fullscreen navigation interfaces will now play the content of the entire folder instead of just entering the folder.

+ Setting thumbnail mode's left/right bump action to 'do nothing' will now move the selected entry up/down a row instead of doing nothing.

+ Installing a new skin now prompts you to apply the skin to all skin modes (Media/DVD/Audio/Navigation) supported by the newly installed skin. Previously, you were only prompted to open the skin selection dialog.

+ Opening a new file through file association (for example, opening a media file through explorer) now closes the media library and file browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces before playback starts.

+ Input boxes and error/warning/confirmation/information dialogs are no longer skinned when triggered from a non-skinned dialog for both consistency and to prevent issues with monitor DPI values not matching the current skin's resolution.

+ Zoom Player now tries to automatically reduce the font size in the options dialog to ensure certain elements fit inside the dialog regardless of windows font or DPI settings.

Fixes :

- Fixed several high DPI layout issues, especially evident when using a high DPI value (300%) used by 4K monitors/TV sets. Thank you Adam Howarth for the in-depth 4K testing.

- The "LAV Hardware Acceleration" setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video) was not applied correctly, forcing the LAV Video Decoder filter to drop back to software decoding.

- Extended functions that can use a negative value parameter (like "exFastForward") did not work when a negative value was used.

- The background image no longer flashes when opening media files through explorer (or other applications) while Zoom Player was already playing.

- The "Chapter editor/Seek to" dialog did not scale properly with monitor DPI adjustments.

- Entering and leaving a media library folder in thumbnail view mode extremely quickly could result in a crash or thumbnails not appearing.

- When two or more media library categories shared the same folder paths and the same thumbnail width but with a different thumbnail height, it would have prevented the thumbnails from drawing in some of the categories.

- When using the media library in thumb view mode with the media names sorted by date, erasing a file within a folder and then going up a folder would no longer show the highlighted folder (the folder itself changed position as the folder date changes when files inside are modified).

- When "Automatically restore last media position on replay" was disabled, the "Retain Media Playback History for [x] days" setting became inaccessible.

- The audio device list would re-list the same device multiple times under some circumstances, possibly causing audio issues.

- Setting a high column number using the media library category configuration dialog's thumbnail layout calculator would result in an additional column displayed and possibly no spacing between the columns.

- Using the media library category editor's 'Configure Category' dialog to edit a category's settings would reset the category's password protection.

- Switching to some video renderers in the options dialog when running under Windows 10 would incorrectly notify you that your version of Direct-X is too old.

- The title area in the bundled fullscreen navigation skins did not properly account for the width of Time display when using 12H AM/PM format.

- The "Multi-Part file loader" automatic match mode did not always load multi-part GoPro sequences into the playlist correctly.

- Smart Play's "Auto-Configure" option could improperly set a partially unregistered profile comprising of multiple filters if the unregistered filter was sandwiched between two registered filters.

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All features / Full description:
Home Theater PC made Simple
Zoom Player's fullscreen navigation interface is based on a simple 5-Key system (up/down/left/right/select). The 5-key system allows easy access and navigation to such interfaces as Media Library, File Browsing, Playlist, Color Control, Audio Equalizer, Chaptering, Play History and many more. The system's simplicity makes it ideal for users with no previous computer experience.

With Zoom Player, you can instantly Convert any PC into a Home Entertainment Center or Home Theater PC (HTPC) with no requirement for specialized hardware or operating system (Zoom Player runs on every version of Windows).

Utilizing Zoom Player's modular design and flexibility, you can easily design a safe viewing environment, limiting or extending functionality, making it ideal for both children and to the consummate professional.

Forward Thinking
Zoom Player's Install Center will scan your system for missing or outdated components and automatically present you with a list of recommended updates and patches. Using Zoom Player's Install Center technology, you can be sure your system is up to date with the most recent technological innovations without compromising security (all updates are digitally signed) while gaining access to a centralized location, removing the burden of manually searching for the latest updates yourself.

Technology meets Sophistication
Zoom Player installs easily, learning your computer's hardware and software setup. Using the innovative Smart Play technology, Zoom Player employs the ideal "play profile" for every session. This profile comprises the most suitable Audio and Video decoders matched with compatible components - a combination that guarantees a perfect viewing experience, time after time.

A tool for every need
Zoom Player addresses every aspect of DVD and Media control. Zoom Player plays media in every conceivable color composition, display type, playback speed and more. With Zoom Player you can create and manage personalized Media Libraries, virtual Chaptering and Bookmarks, cut and edit scenes with the Scene Cut Editor. Zoom Player employs customizable display characteristics and user defined presets, allows to Remote-Control all menu, navigation and playback functions via wireless (RF) or Infra-Red (IR) Remote Control units, and comes ready with a set of TCP/IP Commands to allow control of Zoom Player via the internet (or any TCP/IP based connection).

Customize, Modify, Reshape as you like
Use Zoom Player's flexible customization options to match your taste. Modify the Graphical User Interface, menus and splash screens. Change operation modes, control options, codec compatibility and many other features. Don't compromise. Make the system meet your EXACT needs.

Shape your desired viewing environment with ease using Zoom Player's modular design and flexibility. Extend or limit functionality as you wish. Personalize the interface, functions and viewing parameters to suit any type of use, any viewer - from a simple, safely monitored, children-friendly viewing tool to a sophisticated, no-limits powerhouse for professionals.

Flavors for All
Zoom Player comes in three flavors: Zoom Player Professional, Zoom Player Premium, and Zoom Player MAX Professional.

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what a media player,in one word just fantastic because it can play any media files quickly and it has the best audio equalizer than any other media players and by doing custom settings you can also see the total full time of all media files just by adding them immediately at the playlist and what a sharp sound it gives by doing minimum low adjustments at the audio equalizer,it has also video equalizer but only thing it requires codecs installed in your PC to play all media files like K-Lite Mega Codec Pack

Posted February 08, 2011 by . Tool version 7.10.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Honestly may be the most "powerful, flexible and customizable" DVD and media player in existence. Tons of options and customizations. Highest-quality media playback. Beautiful interface. Only the high purchase price holds this fine piece of software back. Highly recommended.

Posted September 30, 2009 by . Tool version 7.00 RC1 using OS Vista
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

This is a great video player. I used to use VLC media player, but I stumbled on this program about a year ago and fell in love with it. Simple to use, lots of features, doesn't seem to use a lot of system resources. The selling point for me was being able to adjust the aspect ratio/video size in full screen mode which you can't do with vlc.

Posted December 13, 2007 by . Tool version 5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

At first, this looked like the player I was looking for: lots of formats and features (everything that I was looking for and some). But, it's expensive (to unlock the features I want) and it can't smoothly handle skipping around in the video (ff, rewind, skip fwd, etc) without a lot of video problems while it resynchronizes and tries to repaint the stream unless you're playing at 1:1 (why bother). I have a very fast system, including fast video (~6000 on 3dMark06). It's even worse if you have a cut file to make is skip over commercials (videos recorded off the air/cable, then processed through show analyzer).

I should note that if it wasn't for the video problems, I probably would have registered it -- even at (IMO) it's high cost.

Posted February 25, 2007 by . Tool version 5.00 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 4 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10

I just wanted a player that had an adjustable stay-on-top skin window size. This did it for me.

Posted September 09, 2004 by . Tool version 4.03 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10

A great product and excellent value.

This is the only DVD player that I have used that will correctly decode the AC3 sound with my old Audigy soundcard. Used in conjunction with AC3 Filter, you can rearrange the sound channel matrix. For example, the old Audigy cards only have Front, Rear and Center channels in analog mode. If you connect your subwoofer to the Center output (with no additional regular speaker), than all the dialog on an AC3 DVD only come on out the SW. Since the Zoom Player gives you complete control as to what audio and video decoders it uses, you can force it to use AC3 Filter (unlike PowerDVD, which always seems to want to use its own Cyberlink filtersno matter how you prioritize AC3 Filter).

And the best news is, that the Pro version is very reasonably priced.

A note of caution, I didn't notice any bugs in the Version 4.0 Release Candidate 2, but if you are worried about that kind of thing, stick with version 3.31.

Posted June 02, 2004 by . Tool version 4.0 Pro beta RC2 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

Been using Zoomplayer for a few years now and I just love it.

Its simple GUI is a refreshing change from all those 'stand-alone' wannabies (pretty pointless on a pc imo).

For TV-Out work it's essential (and lets face it TV is the only way to watch video media, its what they're designed for).

As already mentioned it can be tricky navigating (to start with) but controlling the video height, width, or both from the scroll wheel is addictive.

Its always managed to play any file (any format) that I've thrown at it (as long as you have the required codec/filters installed) without any glitches. It also uses less OS resources than most media players.

The only gripe (if it can be called that) is the lack of audio controls for bass or treble.

If I had the choice of only one player for video media this would be the one, nuff said.

Posted November 16, 2003 by . Tool version 3.2 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

This player is clearly the most versatile, powerful, and feature packed of ANY multimedia player in the world. While some may not like it, they are usually the ones who don't understand how to use it (hence the 8 rating in 'ease of use').

It has SO many options that it will overwhelm the casual user if you try to browse through the option tree. If all you do is watch a few divx videos every now and then, you should use a simple player like BSPLAYER as mentioned below. If, however, you want to have total control & customization ability of every single aspect of video playing, this is the only player you should use.

There are two versions, a free version for regular common multimedia (divx,vcd,ogm etc) and a pay version that adds its dvd front-end to the basic player. You must have an mpeg2 codec installed to use the dvd front end, and it alone has more options than the next 10 players combined.

The word 'Zoom' in Zoomplayer reflects the players' heritage - the ability to 'zoom' a video in and out in order to make it display properly on TV screens using a TV out connection. The player was made for this purpose, although it plays movies on the computer better than any other player as well. The free version is a must have, the pay version is well worth the money because the author works very hard to release frequent updates (huge change logs) and actively answers questions on his forum.

Posted October 24, 2003 by . Tool version 3.20 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Maybe not the best, that depends. But it plays everything and that's important.

Posted October 09, 2003 by . Tool version 3.20 using OS Win98
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 4 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

its not the best divx player bsplayer is the best

Posted September 27, 2003 by . Tool version latest 9/17/03 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 6 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10

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