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NEW VERSION 12.1 Free / 12.5 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:12.1 Free / 12.5 RC1
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--- What's new in Zoom Player v12.5:
New :

* The media library's TV JukeBox mode is now fully functional.

With jukebox mode enabled in a TV video category, a new list view
mode is used to display meta-data (overview, rating, duration, etc)
and a thumbnail ("still image" from an online database or a screenshot
extracted from the video itself) on the right side of the screen when
entering a folder containing media files.

For best performance, use the proper TV JukeBox mode folder structure:
Show Name\Season [Number]\MediaFiles

For example:
Game of Thrones\Season 1\Game.of.Thrones.S01E01.mp4
Game of Thrones\Season 1\Game.of.Thrones.S01E02.mp4

* New Media Icons display in the media library information area at the
bottom of the screen and in the Movie Jukebox presentation mode.

Media icons display the Format (AVI/Matroska/etc...), Video Codec
(H.264/HECV/etc...), Video Resolution (1080p/UHD 4K/etc...),
Audio Codec (DTS/AAC/etc...), Audio Channels (2.0/5.1/7.1/etc...).

Media icons are detected during the scraping process, to display the
icons you must re-scrape the content of your media library. This
is done the Media Library Category Editor (Shift+"M") or through
the media library's function page's 'scraping' menu.

* New setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings)
to display Media Icons in the media library information area and in
movie jukebox presentation mode.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation /
Thumb View) that specifies whether thumbnail display should used
a dynamically visible scroll bar (suitable for tablets and touch
devices) or a fixed scroll bar (suitable for PC and Mouse input).

* The "Navigation Scrollbar Size" setting (Adv. Options / Interface /
Fullscreen Navigation / Customization) has four new possible values:
1. Dynamic Smallest
2. Dynamic Small
3. Dynamic Large
4. Dynamic Max

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation /
Customization) to force the navigation list or thumb view display
to full width.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Keyboard) allowing you to
assign keyboard functionality to the "Insert" key when fullscreen
navigation is not in use.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Control Bar / Timeline Area)
to show thumbnail previews even if the playing media does not report
key-frame. Note that allowing media with no key frame reporting to
display thumbnails over the timeline can take much longer.

* New Setting (Media Library Category Editor / Configure) to
re-scrape a folder's thumbnail if the folder's "modified"
time-stamp changes.

* The advanced playlist control has become more powerful with integrated
sorting that does not affect the main playlist until items are moved.

* The playing media information dialog ("I" keyboard shortcut) has been
restructured and expanded to include the media's file size and date
as well as full information on the file from MediaInfoLib (MediaInfo DLL).

* The Mini color control fullscreen navigation interface will now display
the name (brightness/saturation/etc...) and not only an icon.

* Scraped poster/backdrop/still images are now downloaded concurrently
using multiple threads to speed up the online scraping process.

* The mouse's "back" and "forward" buttons now act as "back" and "enter"
when used in the fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New function and keyboard macro (Alt+Ctrl+"T") to toggle the TAG
display when playing audio files.

* New "Copy to Clipboard" button on the playing media information dialog
that copies the content of the "format" box into the clipboard.
Changes :

+ For additional security, password protected media library categories
no longer show path information on the category list screen.

+ The media library scrape icon and count now reflect the scrape queue and
processing threads and not only the queue, giving a more accurate picture
of the background scraping process.

+ The default keyboard mapping for the numbers pad has changed to make
the same button functions trigger regardless of the num-lock state.

This means the configured functionality for the arrows and insert
keys will function even if the num-lock key is enabled.

+ The advanced options dialog's 'Keyboard' page has been restructured
for enhanced clarity and the addition of more features.

+ Optimized media library disk access by improving meta-data caching.

+ Changed the default text background color in audio playback (when a
folder image is not used) to a much darker gray.
Fixes :

- The virtual keyboard did not accept physical keyboard input if the
"Use keyboard input to quickly search and enter data through navigation
interfaces" setting was disabled.

- Media files or folder flagged never to be scraped were scraped
again under some circumstances.

- Fixed a bug that caused the media duration to disappear from a media
library thumbnail.

- Selecting several files and choosing to flag them for re-scraping would
not clear the selected file count at the top-right section of the media
library interface.

- The fullscreen navigation scroll acceleration (when holding or fast
clicking the up/down buttons) now resets itself as the list loops,
preventing a crazy level of acceleration that may make the list
appear to freeze.

- The thumbnail view's "drag to scroll" was triggered after 1 pixel of
movement, making selecting a thumbnail with a single click fail
if the mouse cursor moved a bit during the click.

- Clicking a media or folder in the media library's thumb view mode and
then trying to click the close or back buttons would not work on the
first click (requiring a second click).

- The text labels on the virtual keyboard keys is now more uniform in size.

- Clicking a media library thumbnail and then trying to click the "back"
or "close" icons would fail on the first click (and work on the second).

- In the FREE version, the screen saver would over-tax the CPU (the
streamers were always used and it was impossible to turn off).

- The Advanced playlist control, Chapter editor, Scheduler, Scene-Cut,
Skin selector and Play history dialogs would not save their last
window size and position if you closed the player without first
closing the dialog.

- Clear the search box text of the advanced playlist control using the
"DEL" key would also remove any selected entries from the playlist.

- The "Hide all control bar buttons" setting stopped saving in v12.1.

- Switching directly to the Play History fullscreen navigation interface
using a keyboard or other macro from another fullscreen navigation
interface would not update the title area.

- The internal screen saver would still activate even after calling
functions when using the TCP/IP command & control API.

- Folders marked not to be scraped were still being scraped if no online
database scrapers were specified for the media library category.

- Setting the left mouse button to open the context menu didn't work.
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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