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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.

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18 / 19.0 Beta 6 (April 12, 2024)


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Version history / Release notes / Changelog / What's New

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

--- What's new in Zoom Player v19 beta 6:

New :

* Added support for the new H.266 VVC (Versatile Video Codec) format.
LAV Filters v0.79 is required for decoding.

Please note that VCC support is experimental and not fully optimized.
To properly support VCC in resolutions above 1080p would require
hardware accelerated decoding which is not currently supported by
any GPU or CPU.

* Added Equalizer and Pre-Amp support for the libVLC media engine, please
note that the values work a bit differently when compared to the
DirectShow Equalizer values.

* Preferred Audio Device switching (Shift+"A") now works with libVLC.
You can define you preferred devices in the advanced options dialog's
libVLC section.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Playlist) that allows you to play
the next media file in the same folder when using the Del key to erase the
currently playing media (or using the home theater delete option).
You can see me code this feature here:

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Actions) that
allows to force the OSD Actions (Play, Pause, Volume, etc) to appear on
a monitor of your choice.
You can see me code this feature here:

* To support IPTV providers that require a specific user agent text to
access automated downloads, you can now set a custom User Agent for each
IPTV auto update entry (for both playlists and EPGs downloads).

* New "Configure" button next to the Video Renderer selection drop-down
list (Adv. Options / Playback / Video).

* New "exMediaVidRender" extended function that allows you to switch the
media video renderer at any point. As an extended function, this
functionality can be accessed through the command line or TCP/IP APIs.
You can see me code this feature here:

* Selecting a URL based IPTV playlist or EPG entry in the options dialog,
now displays the full text in a hover-hint.
Change :

+ Using Zoom Player to browse the web (for example, using the "/browse"
command line parameter) now uses Microsoft's Chromium based WebView2
browser engine and only falls back to the old Chakra engine is WebView2
is not installed (available on the install center, comes preinstalled
in Windows 11).
You can see me code this feature here:
Fixes :

- The Play History editor and fullscreen navigation interface can now re-play
files with a path longer than 255 characters.

- The playlist entries in the IPTV stream list drop-down would get duplicated
after updated playlists were downloaded in the background.

- Pressing Alt+S to bring up the subtitle component's configuration dialog
did not show the correct window title in some cases.

- Pressing Shift+"B" to disable the subtitles caused the subtitles to remain
enabled when reloading the media, even if the setting to restore the
previous subtitle track was enabled in the advanced options dialog.
You can see me fix this code here:

- Fixed a really weird stability issue with the IPTV window that could have
caused a freeze when trying to close the window and stream logos to never

- Detaching the control bar, moving it to another monitor and then hovering
with the mouse pointer over the timeline area would show the current
position indicator window on the wrong monitor.

- With the "Show all filters in Stream Selection sub-menu" setting enabled,
the right-click's "Stream Selection" section would show a small cosmetic
glitch (an empty section).

- Setting the YouTube Channel media library plugin's "channel list strategy"
to "Use 'upload' playlist" did not list the videos returned by YouTube in
the correct air date order and the air date was not displayed at all.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v18 beta 5:

New :

* You can now select IPTV streams as favorites and they automatically
show up under a "Favorites" group at the start of the stream list.

You can right click a favorite stream to re-arrange or sort your
favorites list or simply remove the stream from the favorites section.

* You can now hide IPTV groups from being listed by right-clicking the
group and selecting "Hide Group" or through the options dialog.

* Right-clicking an IPTV EPG entry will now show the program's description
and allow you to set a notification to remind you that the program is
about to start as well as specify that you want to automatically switch
to the program's stream in due time.

Notifications are remembered even if you close and re-open Zoom Player,
but they will not activate if Zoom Player is not running.

* New Hidden IPTV Group controls (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Control Bar / Timeline Area)
that allows you to control whether the timeline displays the current
playlist track number.

You can also toggle this setting through the control bar menu by
right-clicking the timeline with nothing playing (or middle-clicking
if something is playing).

* The Advanced Playlist Control interface is now accessible through the
right-click menu under the "Open Interface" section.

Change :

+ Optimized EPG parsing, improving load time by 5-15%.

+ The playlist editor's search feature has been enhanced to support
repeated search. Simply press Enter to cycle between all entries that
contain the searched term.

+ The Station Manager window now has an "X" in the corner to close the
window (previously you had to click the "close" button).

Fixes :

- The Media Libary's category editor's "Playlist" category option did
not display categories correctly if they had certain unicode characters
in the name (e.g. Emojis).

--- What's new in Zoom Player v19 beta 4:

New :

* The playlist editor has received support for multiple playlists
that you can instantly switch between. Multiple playlists are
loaded in a background thread so even if you use massive
playlists with 1000's of items, it should not have much of an
impact Zoom Player's load and close time performance.

Press the new multi-playlist button on the playlist editor (top
left corner) to add the current playlist, a playlist from a file
or manage the multiple playlists (remove, rename, reorder).

You can see me develop this feature live here:
Part 1 :
Part 2 :

* New "Cast to Device" feature on the main right-click menu and
available as a keyboard shortcut (Shift+"/") that allows you to
Cast the currently playing media to a Chromecast compatible
device. This feature does requires libVLC is installed but does
not require you to play the current media with libVLC (the
playback engines automatically switch as the media is casted).

You can see me develop this feature live here:

* New "1510" Zoom Player API message that is triggered when using
next/previous chapter. Returns the chapter's position in seconds
Fixes :

- Fixed a bug that caused the background image to show for a split-
second when dragging & dropping a media file on top of the player

--- What's new in Zoom Player v19 beta 3:

New :

* You can now use libVLC to cast the playing video to supported ChromeCast
devices. All you need to do is open "Adv. Options / Playback / libVLC" and
scan for the ChromeCast device. Any content played through the libVLC engine
will now display on the selected device. Please consider that it can take a
few seconds longer to open media files for casting.

* MPC-VR can now be selected as a Video Renderer for media playback. It is
not fully supported (subtitles, pixel-shaders and other unique features
for the video renderer will not work presently.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Control) that allows you to rollback
the current play position when resuming playback from the Pause state. This
feature is useful if you have an external receiver that requires a few
seconds to restore the audio when playback resumes.
Change :

+ If you previously used as Custom Video Renderer for media playback, you must
re-select the custom option (Adv. Options / Playback / Video).

+ Using the Next/Previous Track features now ensures the newly loaded track
is visible in the playlist editor.

+ Cleaned up some dialogs that had elements that were too close together,
especially under Windows 11.
Fixes :

- Scraping TheMusicDB should work once again.

- When Zoom Player's DSP filter is unable to connect to the audio renderer,
the DSP filter is now removed so Smart Play will not fail (fallback to
Microsoft's method of choosing components can be unstable), increasing
overall stability for badly authored media files.

- Fixed a bug that caused the media library background image to be overlaid
twice with a slight offset, slowing down opening a folder in the media
library a little bit and causing visual ghosting effects (was really hard
to see with the default background image).

--- What's new in Zoom Player v19 beta 2:

New :

* Running Zoom Player on a fresh install will now asks if you would
like to enable "Performance Mode".

Choosing "Yes" does two things:

1. Enables D3D11 hardware accelerated video decoding in LAV Filters,
a requirement for smooth 4K video playback.

2. Sets the Video Renderer to MadVR, enabling HDR video support,
high quality video scaling, hardware accelerated subtitle
rendering and smoother motion.

Both settings can be modified in the advanced options dialog:
Adv. Options / Playback / Video

* A new "Help" section has been added to the right-click menu. The new
help section can quickly bring up the keyboard shortcut list or quick

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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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