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.
- Some of the language packs had a glitch that caused Zoom Player to start with an access violation and then appear as an empty black box.
--- What's new in Zoom Player v8.6:
* The default fullscreen navigation style has been replaced with the new "Slate" design. A lot of work was invested in making the new design much more visually polished than the previous "Drapes" design.
* New Slate style background images for the DVD and Media modes.
* Support for MadVR Color Controls.
* The color control, adjust image and the image blanking fullscreen navigation interfaces now uses the more intuitive input mode previously demonstrated in the Equalizer fullscreen navigation interface.
* Clicking on media file icons within the file browsing, media library and playlist fullscreen navigation interfaces now selects and unselects the clicked entry.
* New Media Scheduler interface, accessible through the right-click context menu or by clicking Alt+Ctrl+"S". The scheduler lets you set times & dates for specific media or entire playlists to begin and stop playing automatically.
* The internal JPEG decoder is now based on GDI+ requiring "gdiplus.dll" installed on your system. The "gdiplus.dll" file comes pre-installed with Windows XP onwards and is available for download for Windows 98/ME systems. As a bonus, Zoom Player can now display JPEG image files encoded with the CYMK color-space (used in printing).
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation) allowing you to select the navigation scrolling mode when using the keyboard or remote devices. Always Centered: This is the default from v8.5 and earlier. When scrolling, the selected item always remains in the screen-center. Middle Centered: When scrolling, the selected item remains in the screen-center except for the top and bottom of the list. Windows Default: When scrolling, the selected item can reach the bottom or top of the screen before any scrolling is performed.
* New Settings (Adv. Options / Interface / Display) that controls whether the right-click context menu is skinned or if Windows should draw the context menu.
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / History) that controls the number of seconds to seek back when restoring media position on replay. For example, when playing a media file to position "1:10:12", setting the seek back value to "2" seconds, replaying the same media file resumes playback at position "1:10:10".
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Audio) that specifies the Audio re-synchronization step accuracy in ms. Previously, the value was hard coded to 25ms.
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Audio) that specifies the Initial Audio re-synchronization offset value. This means that every media with decoded audio will start playing with the specified audio re-synchronization offset value.
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls) that determines whether clicking the next/previous track buttons (or functions) while in Fast Forward or Rewind mode performs a forward/backward seek action instead of next/previous track.
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls) that controls whether using the "Stop" function causes Zoom Player close the graph (the new default) or just stop the graph (previous default).
* When using a custom right-click menu script, you can now pass the currently playing file name and path to an external application, for example "MediaInfo".
* New "exScheduler" function, allowing you to enable or disable the scheduler.
* New "exPlaylistMode" function used to specify the
'On Playlist Complete' mode.
* New "exPartLoader" function used to specify the
'Multi-Part file loader' mode.
* Two new functions (Alt+Shift+"T" and Alt+Shift+"R") for increasing and decreasing the Derived aspect ratio width.
* The keyboard arrows can now be assigned two new functions: 1. Zoom In/Out (previous Zoom option was only based on Axis) 2. Long Seek forward/backward.
The default values for the arrow functions have been reset, If you have previously set a non-default value to the arrow keys, make sure to re-apply your settings.
* New Smart Play profile for the FRAPS raw video capture format.
* New "Select Audio", "Select Video" and "Uncheck Selected" buttons on the basic options dialog's file association page.
* New Skin Script variables that specifies the GoTo fullscreen navigation interface's text size and position.
* It is now possible to create a non-square scroll widget for the fullscreen navigation interfaces.
* New "HoverColor" navigation skin script parameter that specifies the font color used for the currently highlighted line in the fullscreen navigation interfaces.
* New "WindowWidth" and "WindowHeight" fullscreen navigation skin parameters that specify the relative width and height of the adjust image and image blanking fullscreen navigation interfaces.
* The ".TSP" file extension was missing under the 'video' section in file browsing interfaces. You need to press the "Default" button in the options dialog (Adv. Options / File Format Association / File Extensions) to enable it.
* The fullscreen background color (set under "Interface / Display") is now used to fill the black-bar area in video renderers that support it: 1. Standard Overlay 2. Overlay Mixer 3. Haali Video Renderer 4. MadVR
* New Zoom Player API Command (#6020) that saves a remotely created playlist to a local file. All paths are relative to the 'Share Path' parameter specified using the "/SharePath" command line.
* New Zoom Player API Command (#6030) that sends a specified local playlist file.
All paths are relative to the 'Share Path' parameter specified using the "/SharePath" command line.
* Two new Zoom Player API Events (#6100 and #6101) that trigger when a scheduled entry is about to begin playing and when the entry ends playback.
* New Zoom Player API Command (#6110) that returns an event with same number indicating the current Scheduler state (Disabled/Inactive/Active).
* New Zoom Player API Command (#6120) that returns an event with same number listing the current schedule list. The format is identical to the local "zplayer.schedule" file, except using the "|" character to separate schedule entries.
* New Zoom Player API Command (#6130) that specifies a new schedule list. The new list overwrites the currently active schedule. This command returns an event with same number, listing the number of schedule entries received.
+ The 'Adjust Image' and 'Image Blanking' fullscreen navigation interfaces are now placed in a better default on-screen position. You can restore the previous position by modifying the 'Screen Position' and 'Navigation Side Margins' values under: Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation
+ The Internet Radio Station database has been cleaned up and the fullscreen station navigation interface has been enhanced to highlight the audio format and bitrate of each station.
A small side-effect of the station database clean-up is stations you may have previously set as favorites may no longer exist.
+ The 'Multi-Part file loader' Automatic mode now supports image formats and requires less character matches to identify parts. In addition, file names comprised of only numbers are now auto-loaded with no requirement of a minimum number of characters to make a match. For example, opening "1.mp3" would automatically open "2.mp3", "3.mp3" and so forth. Multi-Digit numbered file names such as "0001.mp3" and "0002.mp3" are supported as well.
+ The Create Contact Sheet feature is now much faster and more reliable.
+ The code used to get a media's duration and properties has been enhanced.
+ Smart Play now strips ".part" and ".!ut" file extension when evaluating which source filter to use. This change should improve playback stability of incomplete downloading media files (eMule, Firefox and others may use the ".part" file extension, ".!ut" is used by uTorrent).
+ The keyboard fullscreen navigation interface used in such features as the "rename" function now uses a clearer distinction between the actively selected button and the "shift" states.
+ When overriding the playlist colors, the entry number is now colored using the 'Playlist font color' value instead of remaining in a fixed color.
+ The "Auto-Hide the Control Bar while paused" setting has changed to "Auto-Hide the Control Bar while stopped or paused".
+ The Source filter name now appears under the 'Filter Properties' sub-menu.
+ You can now move error dialogs using the mouse cursor. And the error dialogs can not appear partially offscreen anymore.
+ Several options dialog entries have been updated to reflect third party technology changes, for example MadVR now supports color control.
+ The options page's information dialogs now appear in list format with a scroll-bar instead of trying to fit all the text into one big dialog.
+ API message #6010 will now return a code once processing has finished.
- The FREE version was not supposed to support Audio Visualizations, but a bug allowed you to enable support which resulted in a 'list index out of bounds' error.
- An exploit that could cause arbitrary code execution when loading a specially crafted JPEG file has been fixed.
We would like to thank security researcher 'Debasish Mandal' for notifying us of the exploit.
- The fullscreen navigation skin loading code now falls back to the default navigation style if the previously selected navigation skin file no longer exists.
- The "Player should stay on top of other applications when switching to Audio Mode" setting caused a crash when exiting Zoom Player in Audio mode and then launching Zoom Player with an audio file. Another glitch with this setting caused the Equalizer and Playlist editor dialogs to appear corrupted on initial load.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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