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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: 33MB
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Latest version

16 / 16.1 Beta 2 (July 27, 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 v16.1 beta 2:

New :

* New "Confirm when resuming playback from previous position" setting
(Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) to
request confirmation before resuming playback from the last saved
position when playing media from a TV or Movie media library category.

Please note, this setting is on by default and requires play history
enabled to function.
Change :

+ The erase playing media and fullscreen navigation erase dialogs will
now display the media's title alongside the file name.

+ Double-clicking the media library's category entries in list-view mode
now performs an "Enter" navigation action instead of "Right".
Fixes :

- With the "Disable the Control Bar in Window Mode" setting enabled,
exiting fullscreen would briefly show the control bar.

- When Two movie folders shared a similar base name (e.g. "Men in Black"
and "Men in Black 2"), the wrong progress bar position would show
for the first folder.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v16.1 beta 1:

New :

* New interface Sound-FX system that triggers sounds when certain
actions are taken (Adv. Options / Interface / Sounds) :
1. Zoom Player Startup.
2. Navigation motion (left/right/up/down).
3. Navigation actions (enter/back/esc).
4. Seeking (forward/backward/tracks).
5. Edge-Bump (media library).

You can pick the volume level and the output sound device and limit
some of the sounds if a video is playing or when using the mouse.

* The media library can now display a media file's approximate bitrate
(e.g. 9.2 Mpbs). You will need to re-scrape media to see this update.

* You can now search for subtitles on movie folders, Zoom Player will
use the first video file within the folder to find matching subtitle
tracks.

* New "Thumbnail icon size" setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Fullscreen
Navigation / Customization) that controls the thumbnail media icon size
for media/icons that do not have a thumbnail image.

* New "Prevent mouse actions from moving or resizing the main window"
setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Position & Size" that blocks the
mouse from resizing or moving the main player window.

* New "Skip requesting confirmation to erase file" setting (Adv. Options /
Interface) to remove the confirmation request when erasing the playing
media to the recycle bin.

* New "Do not use scraped image as thumbnail" media library category setting.
When enabled, Zoom Player will ignore any thumbnail downloaded using a
scraping plugin and depending on other category settings, Zoom Player will
try extracting a thumbnail from the video itself.

* New "Do not use MediaInfo.dll to extract file metadata" media library
category setting. When enabled, Zoom Player will not try to use
MediaInfo.dll to extract metadata from files such as file format, codec,
audio channels, etc.

* New "exPLSortOrder" extended function capable of choosing the sorting
order (ascending, descending). A value of "0" sets ascending and "1"
sets descending. Please note that this function doesn't actually sort
the list.

* New "exPLSort" extended function to sort the current playlist.
Possible values are:
0 : Sort by Name
1 : Sort by File Type (file extension)
2 : Sort by File Date
3 : Sort by File Size
4 : Sort by File Path (folder)
5 : Sort by Media Duration (in seconds)
6 : Sort Randomly (random order)

* New "exPLRemoveItem" extended function that allows you to directly
remove a playlist item. Please note that the first item in the playlist
is actually "0" and not "1".
Change :

+ When reaching the top/bottom position in the media library's thumbnail
view, Zoom Player now tries to maintain the current column when the
top/bottom bump bar is triggered twice to perform a scroll to top/bottom
action.

+ Improved support for long paths (over 250 characters) in the media library
and file browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces (especially over network
shared paths).

+ The minimum number of media library category columns has been changed
from 3 to 2.
Fixes :

- With the "opening media library always selects the playing media" setting
enabled, renaming a file or creating a new folder could change the active
path.

- Fixed high-DPI issues with unskinned confirmation dialogs.

- Fixed an erroneous OSD notification when using the media library's
mini-menu to add a category "refresh" or "append" entries to the playlist.

- Fixed an issue that caused the media library to freeze if there were
missing bitmap files in the navigation skin folder.

- While in fullscreen mode, clicking on the playlist editor or equalizer
windows when positioned over a hot-corner would activate the hot-corner
action.

- Opening a streaming YouTube URL using DirectShow would not show the
video's title in the play history until after the video was closed.

- Showing the control bar for the very first time showed a black rectangle
in the top left corner of the screen for a split second.

- Fixed a crash in the Media Library's playlist category plugin when parsing
certain ".m3u" playlists.

- When using the media library's refresh button on a plugin based category,
it accidentally cleared the media's titles.

- The option dialog's audio visualization configuration options were
completely broken.

- The "fnRestart" and "fnRestartWithParam" functions restarted Zoom Player
without first saving settings, which caused the restarted copy to revert
some settings.

- Playing a network shared file from command line would miss an external
subtitle file in the same folder and no subtitles were shown.

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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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