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Zoom Player

NEW VERSION 12.5 Free / 12.6 RC3

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:12.5 Free / 12.6 RC3
File size:29.1MB
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12.5 Free / 12.6 RC3 (October 16, 2016)

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog

--- What's new in Zoom Player v12.6:

New :

* New Advanced Options page that controls Zoom Player's behavior when
a monitor is attached or detached, when Windows 10's tablet mode
is enabled or disabled and when a 2 in 1 laptop's screen is
docked or undocked.

Each of these mode changes can be assigned a different set of actions
and custom functions, even if the mode changed while Zoom Player was
not running (optional).

* New "Switch to TV JukeBox list view without having the parent folder
scraped first" media library category setting. This setting is enabled
by default on new categories and I recommend manually enabling this
setting on your pre-existing TV JukeBox categories.

* The last play position is now displayed on media library thumbnails for
audio and video files next to the media's duration (only works with
newly played media).

* New "/CBar" command line parameter to automatically show the control bar
when starting Zoom Player.

* The playing media's Title (if one exists) is now displayed in
Zoom Player's playing item text and in the timeline area if showing
file names in the timeline is enabled.

* The skin installation process has become simpler with the addition of
a new "Install Skin" button on the skin selection dialog.

* Zoom Player can now extract Album art and meta-data from ".M4A" and
possibly other audio formats.

* The open URL dialog now remembers the last visited URL and keeps a history
of the last 10 URLs.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation /
Thumb View) to specify the number of threads to use while scraping.
If your operating system drive ("C:") is mechanical, it may require
lowering the thread count to "1" to prevent the user interface from
being overly affected by the disk writes.

* New "Darken thumbnail background" setting (Adv. Options / Interface /
Fullscreen Navigation / Thumb View) to override's a skin-script parameter
that decide if to draw a dark rectangle behind a thumbnail.

* New "Darken thumbnail text background" setting (Adv. Options / Interface /
Fullscreen Navigation / Thumb View) to override's a skin-script parameter
that decide if to draw a dark rectangle behind a thumbnail's text.

* The ".pls" playlist format is now supported for non-shoutcast streams
and files with additional support for displaying file/stream titles.

* New right-click "Copy" menu that copies the options search dialog's
selected entry into the windows clipboard.

* New "Scrape folder thumbnails by using the name of the first video file
within the folder instead of the folder name" media library category

* You can now instruct the media library's scraper to
ignore part of a file or folder name by using the "^" character,
for example "Moonrise Kingdom^(1.85)" would ignore the "(1.85)"
portion of the file/folder name, allowing you to add special
tags to the file/folder name without breaking scraping.

* New "ThumbActiveHighlightMode" skin script variable that controls whether
the media library's thumbnail highlight is drawn with the aspect ratio of
the thumbnail or as a fixed-size frame around the thumbnail as well as
new modes to draw a tiled highlight overlay.
Changes :

+'s scraper plug-in has been enhanced with ".nfo" hinting
for TV content and improved naming convention detection.

+ The media library's "Scrape for parent folder name when file name scraping
using metadata scrapers fails" category setting is now automatically
disabled when JukeBox mode is active.

+ The entry for opening the Media Library on the right-click context menu
has moved out of the 'navigate' sub-menu and toward the top of the menu.

+ The "deinterlace" toggle has been removed from the right-click context
menu. It is still accessible by keyboard macro (Ctrl+Shift+D).

+ The "Stream Windows Media content using Windows Media Player ActiveX
control" setting is now disabled by default. If you previously relied
on this setting, you will need to re-enable it in the advanced options

+ The media library's category configuration "Darken thumbnail background"
setting has been depreciated in favor of the new options dialog setting.
Fixes :

- The media library's thumbnail memory cache was cleared when switching
between categories if new category used a different thumbnail resolution.

- Double clicking a media library unselected and partially visible
thumbnail would not trigger the play/mini-menu action.

- Fixed a visual clitch in the media library's bottom meta-data area when
scrolling and the active thumbnail scrolls off screen.

- Switching video renderer should no longer affect restoring the last
play position (only works with newly played media).

- Some JPEG images with either embedded as Album art or with a mislabeled
file extension were not properly recognized as valid JPEG images and
were not used/shown.

- Depending on the function assigned to the left mouse button, clicking
a hot-corner may activate both the hot-corner functionality and the
functionality assigned to the left mouse button (instead of only
triggering the hot corner action).

- Closing Zoom Player while the playlist was retrieving the duration of
media files prevented Zoom Player from closing properly.

- Pressing on the "disabled" subtitle entry when it was already
selected incorrectly displayed an "Unknown error" message.

-'s scraper plug-in has did not properly detect
movies and tv shows containing the "-" character as part of
their name.
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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 parag19. 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 OAKside. 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 thejoker954. 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 davidk21770. 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 seanponsean. 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

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