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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. Pro/MAX versions costs from $40, see feature comparison.

Freeware Trialware $40
OS: Win
File size: 32MB
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Latest version

15.5 Free / 16 RC1 (March 16, 2021)



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Software License

Freeware/Trialware (Free download but some features are limited to pro/premium version $40)



Supported operating systems

WinWindows




Version history / Release notes / Changelog


"*" = New
"+" = Change
"-" = Fix

--- What's new in Zoom Player v16 release candidate 1:

New :

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation /
Customization) to hide the media library's meta-data and category
filter sections, using the extra space to display more media.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / History) that controls whether
erasing files to the recycle bin also removes their record from the
play history.

* Pressing the media library's refresh button will also refresh the scraped
images, reflecting any manual changes to poster images.
Change :

+ For clarity, the media library's "Select / Unselect" and multiple
selection functions have been split into two separate entries.

+ Opus audio duration is now retrieved when used with an ".ogg" container.

+ Opus audio duration is now retrieved by default when adding ".opus" files
to the playlist. For existing Zoom Player users, to enable this feature
you must click the "default" button next to the "Auto-Get Duration"
section of the Advanced Options' "File Extension" page.
Fixes :

- Disabling the "Flash active thumbnail on navigation actions" setting,
at times prevented the media library thumbnail view from updating when
entering categories.

- Switching to audio mode with calibration patterns visible didn't hide
the patterns, messing up the UI.

- When opening the media library's functions page in an empty category, a
cosmetic glitch showing a "-2 B" size would appear in the file size area.

- Fixed a few cosmetic issues with residue text remaining on-screen after
existing the media library's function menu.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v16 beta 4:

New :

* TheMovieDB.org's media scraper is now capable of scraping U.S.
Movie (G/PG/PG-13/R/NC-17) and TV (TV-Y/TV-Y7/TV-G/TV-PG/TV-14/TV-MA)
content rating. The content rating appears as an icon next to the
other codec/format icons appearing in jukebox mode.

You will need to re-scrape your media in order to see content rating
on previously scraped media.

* TheMovieDB.org's media scraper's configuration can now be set to
scrape for "no language" content.

* New (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Customization)
"Show play position bar on list icons with the this color" setting
(disabled by default)

* New (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings)
"Show Previously Played counter in path area" setting that displays the
number of yet to be played media within the current media library folder
next to the folder's path (disabled by default).

* New YouTube Playlist media library plugin which allows you to easily
import YouTube playlists as Zoom Player media library categories.

* You can now refresh a media library category with a new "Refresh" button
to update the display if the folder content was changed in the background.

* The navigation skinning engine has been enhanced to add more granular
support for the path area's icon size and position.
Change :

+ The fullscreen information navigation interface now splits long
information into multiple lines.
Fixes :

- The caching mechanism for media library category thumbnail caching was
mostly broken, not actually caching most of the thumbnails. With this
fix, subsequently browsing the category list should be much snappier.

- Renaming files/folder in the media library no longer causes the play
position to be forgotten and the media no longer requires a re-scrape
operation.

- The YouTube Channel media library plugin now support YouTube channels that
use a slightly different URL structure.
For example "https://www.youtube.com/c/TheFighterAndTheKid/videos".
It will not work 100% of the time as google didn't release an API call
to translate custom channel names to a channel ID required to get a 100%
reliable result. For more information, see:
https://issuetracker.google.com/issues/174903934

- The YouTube Media Library plugins did not take into account time-zone
and daylight saving differences when displaying a video's publish time.

- The Adjust Image fullscreen navigation interface did not list the
active Aspect Ratio correctly.

- The fullscreen information navigation interface did not display in the
correct width under some conditions.

- The full path displayed in the play history fullscreen navigation
interface is now correctly truncated to more clearly display long
file names.

-- What's new in Zoom Player v15.6 beta 3:

New :

* The media library category editor can now be set to show "All"
categories to allow sorting across category types.
Fixes :

- Clicking the 'show volume bar' button on the control bar showed the volume bar in a slightly-off position.

- Disabling the "Flash active thumbnail on navigation actions" setting, prevented the media library thumbnail view from updating when resizing the screen and until a navigation action was triggered.

- Network paths specified in the 'File Browser "Network / Disk" mapping' setting no longer allow you to 'folder-up' once reaching the specified base path.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v15.6 beta 2:

New :

* The media library category editor has been restructured. New categories are no longer automatically sorted in alphabetical order and instead always added to the bottom of the category list. New "Move up" and "Move down" buttons now allow you to manually re-order categories.

* New "Preferred audio device cycle list" (Adv. Options / Playback / Audio) that allows you to select your preferred audio renderers and quickly switch between them".

* New Shift+"A" keyboard macro that switches between audio rendering devices on the Preferred audio device cycle list".

* The "Start player in" setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Position & Size) has been split to provide a more granular control of how the player should start. Please note that this change required resetting this setting to it's default value.

* Zoom Player's Event Ghost plugin has been updated to support all the latest Zoom Player functions: http://www.eventghost.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3498&p=55891#p55891
Change :

+ Using the "/LASTNAV" and "/MAINNAV" command line parameters no longer switches the user interface to fullscreen automatically, you must now add the "/F" parameter to maintain the same functionality.

+ Clicking the media library's "<" button now respects the "Nav-Left goes up a folder before entering the Drive/Category list" setting.

+ The "Show system library folders in the Media Library Navigator" setting has been removed and replaced by a new button in the media library category editor that lets you add the windows library folders with a single click. With this change, you are now able to easily customize the windows library folders.
Fixes :

- Restoring after minimizing the user interface from fullscreen mode, no longer restores the user interface to windowed mode instead of fullscreen.

- Fixed a freeze when playing JPEG files with malformed exif headers.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v15.6 beta 1:

New :

* New network keep-alive feature (Adv. Options / Playback Files & Paths) that instructs Zoom Player to access the specified paths to make sure a network share does not disconnect for inactivity.

Change :

+ Erasing files/folders from the media library will now erase their scraped meta-data/thumbnail cache from the "MediaCache" folder.

Fixes :

- Scraping meta-data for TV series where the folder contained an ".nfo" file didn't support IMDB IDs longer than 7 digits.

- Scraping meta-data for TV series where the folder contained an ".nfo" file with an IMDB URL didn't write the IMDB id into the meta-data cache.

- The RSS feed media library plugin wont show duplicate entries if the server moves from http:// to https:// links. However, old entries that were already downloaded before this fix may remain as duplicates.

- Enabling 'Force the navigation list or thumb view display to full width' caused cosmetic issues in the equalizer fullscreen navigation interface.

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All features


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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18 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews


Tried the free version since I only need a player, not all the LAN etc., capabilities. Much of the documentation is left over from Win 7, 8, needs updates for Win 10, including their site. Interface is OK, nothing special, kinda old like the rest. It works but it seems whenever you try to play a vid or change a setting, nag popups to buy the full version appear and can't be clicked away for a few seconds. Really cheesy to offer a free version, then constantly pester for the full version with "we need the money" as a reason. Happens so often, I'd call the free version clickbait. Can't see any capability this player has as just a player that I'd pay for. Uninstalled after a few hours.
(Not sure how to score value for money, it's free, so I gave it 5.)


Review by Zoomer on Feb 24, 2021 Version: 15.5 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 3/10 Functionality: 2/10 Value for money: 5/10 Overall: 3/10




Zoom Player is a very good 32 bit Windows player, reliable, quite fast (not as MPC-HC), quite light-weight. Full of customizations, lots of settings, no bugs, great developer. The Smart Play filter system is a good plus for new users. Works perfectly with madVR video renderer and MPC Wasapi audio renderer. To improve yet the player, IMHO, the developer should implement Avisynth, Vapoursynth and some external extensions like for MPDN.NET or MPV. All in all, a good player; the price is good, even if I must say that I prefer MPC-HC 'cause it's lighter, faster and a bit more reliable yet.

Review by Ziggy1978 on Nov 10, 2019 Version: 15.2 RC2 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 8/10 Overall: 9/10




Price is roughly usd.40 (1 year free upgrades). It seems though one still needs another player:
- DVD from external drive : doesn't work, VLC no problem
- BluRay from internal drive: error "Unable to play [00000.m2ts]" bla bla, VLC no problem
- Unable to customize interface, also here, VLC no problem
- Toolbar (Control bar), when visible, is floating. One should hit shift-spacebar to bring up the control bar.
- Things may unexpectedly not be working anymore and you need to spend time on finding find the solutions
(e.g. playing a video, click on slow motion button, nothing changes, video goes on playing at normal speed,
or suddenly there is no sound. I didn't change anything. VLC plays the video -with- sound, so one has to spent time on checking)

All kinds of little things, hence one needs another player to play the stuff Zoom Player can't.


Review by vhwul62 on Jun 27, 2019 Version: 14.5 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 6/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 5/10 Overall: 6/10




Rating by Steve34 on Jan 18, 2019 Version: 14.4 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




Can't even play mkv and any movies in my harddisk. useless!

Review by yoi on Dec 14, 2018 Version: 14.4 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10


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