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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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14.5 / 15 RC2 (July 17, 2019)



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Version history / Release notes / Changelog


--- What's new in Zoom Player v15 release candidate 2:
New :

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls) that lets you specify the number of milliseconds Zoom Player should wait after closing a streaming media before resuming operations.
Change :

+ To prevent instability, if Zoom Player's options dialog is open, all API/Keyboard processing (for the main window) are now disabled.
Fixes :

- Fix for a possible freeze when opening the media library.

- The default 16:10 skin was showing a 1px clear line to the right of the movie poster in jukebox mode.

- Fixed an issue where pressing next track in a playlist containing an executable file would not stop playing the previous media track after executing the playlist entry, which also caused a cosmetic glitch in the playlist editor.

- Furiously Clicking the mouse's right button to open the context menu while a track was loading caused multiple context menus to appear on screen and could even lead to a crash in some cases.

- Under some rare conditions, Mouse Gesture actions could trigger without the left mouse button being held down.

- Unchecking "Limit 'Hot Corners' to fullscreen mode" caused issues trying to move the player windows in Audio Mode.

- Pressing DEL to erase the currently playing media will no longer prompt you to delete to recycle bin if the playing media is a URL.

- Stopped the two settings that control automatic switching between Audio and Media mode from working while the player is in fullscreen mode: Auto Switch to Audio Mode when a Media File does not contain a Video Stream Auto Switch to Media Mode when a Media File contains a Video Stream

- Deleting the active entry in the playlist editor (orange highlight when using the default onyx skin), did not reset the active entry if that track wasn't currently playing.

- Using the "fnPLEditMetaData" function (for example using the command line "/func:fnPLEditMetaData" parameter) several times would cause multiple windows to appear.

- The internal screen saver no longer activates if a track is currently in the process of loading or if an error dialog is currently visible.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v15 release candidate 1:

Change :

+ Hovering with the mouse cursor over the timeline no longer pops up a "00:00" position hint when playing a live stream with no duration.

Fixes :

- Rewind, Fast Forward and Slow Motion are now disabled when playing live streams with no duration (these functions were interfering with playback).

- Fixed a freeze when using the MPC Audio Renderer combined with the "Show all filters in Stream Selection sub-menu" setting.

- The DVD Audio Renderer setting was not being saved due to a bug introduced in the previous beta.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v15 beta 10:

Change :

+ Forgot to include the updated TheMovieDB scraper plugin in the previous beta.

Fixes :

- Rewrote the entire system that handles the currently selected audio device. Previously, if you were to disconnect an audio device (e.g. a BlueTooth headset), Zoom Player would switch to the default audio device, but when the the audio device was reconnected, Zoom Player would continue to use the default device instead of the previously selected device. Now Zoom Player always tries to use the previously selected device and only temporarily switches to the default device if the selected device is not currently available.

- Pressing the next-track button with the next tracks being a series of executable files would execute all files at once instead of just the first executable and pausing.

- A bug introduced in a recent beta prevented Zoom Player from automatically switching between DVD and Media modes.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v15 beta 9:

Change :
+ TheMovieDB scraper plugin will now scrape movies that do not contain a poster image.

Fixes :
- Using the Advanced Playlist Control to move items to the top or bottom while a media was playing messed up the playlist active item display as well as the ID3/TAG on-screen information.
- When the media library displayed a movie with no poster in JukeBox mode, the poster area showed random junk.
- Trying to switch to Audio or DVD modes while a media was in the process of loading triggered a crash.
- Trying to close the Playlist editor while a track was in the process of loading triggered a crash.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v15 beta 8:

New :
* New Setting "Adv. Options / System" (disabled by default) to allow the Command & Control API to remotely control the PC's mouse cursor.
* Zoom Player Command & Control API has been expanded with support for remotely controlling the PC's mouse cursor. For additional security, this capability requires you to enable the new "Allow remote mouse control" setting.

Fixes :
- Playing a media through the Advanced Playlist Control dialog and then trying to close the dialog before the media finished loading would cause a non-fatal crash.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v15 beta 7:

New :
* Zoom Player Command & Control API has been expanded: 1. New command to open a streaming URL. 2. New command to Get & Set the current playlist sorting order (Ascending/Descending). 3. New command to sort the playlist (by name, size, date, etc).

Change :
+ The Next/Previous frame functions are now ignored when playing audio-only content (there was no real use for it and it caused weird behavior with some decoders).

Fixes :
- Enabling "Force the navigation list or thumb view display to full width" or "Force the navigation list or thumb view to maximum width" settings would break the visual integrity of the information fullscreen navigation interface (and the Main navigation interface if it was used in list mode).
- The Media Library's "Run Application" plug-in did not run applications correctly if some command line parameters were used.
- Fixed an issue where certain characters used in a media library's category path could corrupt the category list or prevent the afflicted category from functioning correctly.

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

New :
+ Newly created YouTube media library categories will no longer show a video icon overlay by default (as all content from YouTube is video).
+ The fullscreen navigation information interface no longer closes automatically when opening a new media file.

Fixes :
- Enabling fullscreen navigation's "Safe Mode" broke the functions screen on the "Favorites" navigation interface.
- Enabling fullscreen navigation's "Safe Mode" prevented access to the stream selection navigation interface.

- It's no longer possible to erase files in safe mode from within the media library mini-menu.

- Accidentally forgot to include the DSF/DSD smart play profiles with the previous beta.

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

New :
* New Smart Play profile for the ".DSF" file format.

* New Smart Play profile for the "DSD" (Direct Stream Digital) codec.

Change :
+ When safe mode is enabled, instead of completely hiding the main navigation interface's "System" sub-menu, now only the "Exit Zoom Player" entry is hidden.

Fixes :
- Enabling fullscreen navigation's "Safe Mode" broke the functions screen on the "Favorites" navigation interface.
- Enabling fullscreen navigation's "Safe Mode" prevented access to the stream selection navigation interface.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v15 beta 4:

New :
* The Play History fullscreen navigation interface now lists the last play time (not just the date), the last play position and the full path to the currently highlighted entry.
* The Favorite media fullscreen navigation interface now shows the full path to the highlighted entry.
* New "Close on Play" checkbox on the Advanced Playlist Control dialog to control whether the dialog remains open or closed after playing a new media from the dialog.

Change :
+ Enhanced detection for Dolby Atmos tracks.
+ Changed the how information (text/icons) are aligned on the right side of fullscreen navigation interfaces so the information does not shift around when the selected line is changed.
+ Tweaked the list based fullscreen naviation interfaces to squeeze out a little more horizontal space.

Fixes :
- The sub-folder selection within the media scanner fullscreen navigation interface would draw outside the defined line boundries.
- The media scanner no longer allows you to add folders to plugin based categories (which are not folder based).

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

New :
* Live YouTube stream support using the latest version of the 3DYD YouTube source and LAV Filters.
* New YouTube channel listing strategy (not enabled by default) which you can now enable through the Media Library category editor. The new strategy works by listing videos in a channel's "Uploads" playlist. The downside to this strategy is that some videos may not be ordered by Publish date. For this reason, 50 videos are requested instead of the usual 25 and these videos are then sorted by the plugin instead of just listing them as-is. The upside is that you get longer descriptions for the videos.
* The media library can now display a format icon for the new AV1, DTS:X and Dolby Atmos audio/video codecs.
* Support for the ADTS audio wrapper format.
* New "/SHOWOSD:[Text]" command line parameter used to show a pop-up OSD on an already running instance of Zoom Player.

Change :
+ YouTube changed their text encoding scheme which caused Zoom Player to show the encoding of certain characters instead of the actual characters.
+ Trying to open a navigation interface while in audio mode simply didn't do anything, now Zoom Player will automatically switch to media mode and show the navigation interface.
+ Trying to seek backward/forward on a live stream with no duration will no longer show an OSD message as if a seek was performed.

Fixes :
- The "Refresh" button on the media library cat...

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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 17 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




Splash Player 2 the best player for HD video!

Review by crap on Jun 5, 2018 Version: Crapy 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 Steve234 on Jul 16, 2017 Version: 13.7 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




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

Review by parag19 on Feb 8, 2011 Version: 7.10.5 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




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.

Review by OAKside on Sep 30, 2009 Version: 7.00 RC1 OS: Vista Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 7/10 Overall: 9/10




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.

Review by thejoker954 on Dec 13, 2007 Version: 5 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




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.


Review by davidk21770 on Feb 25, 2007 Version: 5.00 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 5/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 4/10 Overall: 5/10




I just wanted a player that had an adjustable stay-on-top skin window size. This did it for me.

Review by seanponsean on Sep 9, 2004 Version: 4.03 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 5/10 Overall: 8/10




A great product and excellent value.

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.


Review by jabloomf1230 on Jun 2, 2004 Version: 4.0 Pro beta RC2 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




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.







Review by monzie on Nov 16, 2003 Version: 3.2 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




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.


Review by magicmycote on Oct 24, 2003 Version: 3.20 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




Maybe not the best, that depends. But it plays everything and that's important.

Review by twinsbc on Oct 9, 2003 Version: 3.20 OS: Win98 Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 4/10 Overall: 9/10




its not the best divx player bsplayer is the best

Review by magroune on Sep 27, 2003 Version: latest 9/17/03 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 6/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 7/10


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