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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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OS: Win
File size: 32MB
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Latest version

15.5 (September 16, 2020)



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Software License

Shareware (Free download but time limited software. Full version from $40)



Supported operating systems

WinWindows




Version history / Release notes / Changelog


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

--- What's new in Zoom Player v15.5:

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Thumb View) that controls whether a progress position bar appears on the bottom of thumbnails instead of the current position time.

* New "Play position bar Position and Color" settings (Adv. Options / Fullscreen Navigation / Thumb View) allowing you to select where the position bar appears in thumb view mode, the options are: 1. Bottom of thumbnail 2. Top of text area 3. Bottom of text area

* New "Show TV series name when scraping TV episodes in JukeBox mode" setting (Adv. Options / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Thumb View) that controls the percentage of a media you need to see before it is marked with the "seen" overlay (eye icon).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) that controls whether playback should be paused when exiting fullscreen using the ESC key.

* New setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse / Settings) that allow you to customize the right-click on timeline seek distance.

* New setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse / Settings) that controls whether the control bar should hide automatically if the mouse cursor is currently hovering above the control bar (enabled by default).
Previously the control bar would never hide if the mouse cursor hovered above it, now you are in control.

* New settings (Adv. Options / Interface / Playlist) that instruct Zoom Player to scan the media library scraped information for media titles when adding files to the playlist. Please note, this feature is disabled by default as it adds disk access and is not suited for very large playlists.

* New settings (Adv. Options / Interface / Playlist) that instruct Zoom Player to scan the media library scraped information for media titles based on the parent folder of the playing media (usually applies to movies) when adding files to the playlist.
Please note, this feature is disabled by default as it adds disk access and is not suited for very large playlists.

* New setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Thumb View) that control whether the current play position is drawn on movie folders.

* When the current position bar is enabled, it is now drawn on movie posters in jukebox mode. Please note, this feature will only work properly if there is only one video file within the movie's folder. If the movie is split across multiple files, the bar's position may show an incorrect value.

* The playlist fullscreen navigation interface now displays the path to the currently highlighted playlist entry on the bottom of the screen.

* When using the correct folder structure for the Movie scraping (folder named for the movie+year and one video file within), the last play position will now appear on the movie's folder thumbnail.

* New "Disable automated cache clean-up" setting (Adv. Options / Fullscreen Navigation / Thumb View) that prevents the automated clean-up of the thumbnail cache. While cleaning the cache is a once per week operation, when using a large cache size, it can take up to a minute to clear the cache when using a mechanical HDD drive (on an SSD drive it takes 1-2 seconds).

* The play history window now includes a last play position column.

* The play history window now includes the last play time along with the play date.

* The play history window's right-click menu can now be used to remove selected entries.

* New entry in the play history's right-click menu to try obtaining titles for the selected entries using meta-data scraped through the media library.

* The YouTube Media Library plugin now includes an option to set your own YouTube API Key. To get your own key, all you need is a google account and filling in a few forms: https://developers.google.com/youtube/registering_an_application
By using your own API key, you can gain analytics insights from google.

* Double clicking a category in the category editor dialog now opens the category's configuration dialog.

* New "fnRestart" function to restart Zoom Player.

* New "fnRestartWithParams" function to restart Zoom Player with the same command line parameters it was executed with.

+ In previous version, the seen icon (eye) would show on a media library thumbnail if that media has been played previously. Now the seen icon is only displayed when at least 95% of the media has been seen (you can customize this value).

+ When playing a media file all the way through to the end, it's position will now display as fully played instead of no position at all.
This does not affect playback, playing the media file will start at the beginning.

+ Zoom Player should close much faster when closing the player while a download plugin was refreshing content.

+ The RSS media library plugin can now display more than 5000 entries, it can now display any number of entries fitting under 10mb of RAM.

+ The play history window can now be used to select multiple entries.

+ Ctrl+"A" now works to select every item in the play history window.

+ You can now enter empty (folder based) media library categories in order to perform file operations (copy/paste) instead of Zoom Player displaying a "The Category is Empty" message.

+ When using the AB-Repeat feature, the on-screen markers now hide after setting the repeat end position, no longer obscuring parts of the video.

+ Added support for new YouTube channel URL structures that included '/c/' instead of '/user/' or '/channel'.

+ Due to a YouTube licensing requirement, OSD messages will no longer appear when playing YouTube content.

- Fixed a bug that triggered a re-scrape of media information whenever daylight saving was enabled/disabled.

- Fixed an issue that caused the wrong track to play when opening a media file from explorer (or other external process) if the option to clear the playlist was not enabled.

- Using the Advanced Playlist Control to sort items would not work as intended if two items with the same file name were present in the playlist using different titles.

- The OpenSubtitles.org subtitle search plugin did not save non-English characters in the username correctly.

- The YouTube plugin now correctly displays the video's publish date after YouTube changed the date format May/2020.

- Fixed a rare crash when resizing the media library window in thumbnail view mode.

- Fixed a bug that prevented maximizing to fullscreen if the "Prevent exiting Fullscreen / Zoom mode" setting was enabled in some cases.

- When using the same media library category name for two different category content types (e.g. TV & Movies), re-opening the media library after playing content from one of the categories could result in the wrong category showing.

- A bug in the DVD auto-loading bookmarks code caused bookmarks to be ignored.

- Using the internal copy/cut & paste operation on folders did not maintain the folder's date, causing it to be re-scraped and any custom artwork to be ignored.
- Using the internal copy/cut & paste operation on folders did not update the media history play cache, causing the last play position to disappear.

- The Guard Dog feature was incorrectly activated when exiting sleep mode.

- With the "Use Media Title if Available" setting disabled, the media title could still become visible in the main window's title area under some conditions.

- Fixed an issue that slowed down loading large playlists when drag & dropping the playlists into Zoom Player.

- Fixed an issue where the media library's "refresh" entry could become selected for file operations (copy/paste).

- The media library's category editor's "Open Media Library" button did not open the media library with the selected category highlighted if the category was not listed due to a category filter. Now the category filter is reset to ensure the correct category is highlighted.

- Updated the user-agent ZP uses when downloading data from web servers as some servers were blocking ZP thinking it was an older browser.

- The YouTube media library plugins did not save the "Maximum thumbnail- resolution (720p, more bandwidth)" setting.

- The control bar's timeline seek preview image is now hidden instantly when closing the control bar.

- Opening certain dialogs (e.g. the "Media library category editor") when Zoom Player's window was close to a screen edge would open the dialog partially off-screen.

- When enabling the "Force the navigation list or thumb view display to full width" or "Force the navigation list or thumb view to maximum width" settings, some of the main navigation interface's icons did not appear.

- The GuardDog feature could have automatically executed if it took Zoom Player too long to close.

- At times, a media library scraped backdrop image would remain in use after re-opening the media library in category listing.



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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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17 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews


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




No comments. Rating it only.

Review 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




No comments. Rating it only.

Review by Steve21 on Jul 11, 2018 Version: 14.2 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10


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