- Why Change Media Players?
As we said before, most people never think about switching a media player until they have an outside reason that provokes them to. If you haven’t encountered any of these reasons yet, chances are you’re either lucky, or you have had great luck with your media player thus far. Downloading a new media player can help assure that these issues don’t arise in the future.
One of the main motivations for people to finally say “I want to change my media player” is the inability to play certain files. Most proprietary media players have limitations on what files they can or cannot play, which are usually in keeping with the operating system.
Many file formats like RealVideo, Flash, WMV, and MPEG-2 are either not supported or partially supported by players because they need specific codecs to play videos. Sometimes these codecs can be downloaded separately, however many media players come with a much more robust library of codecs than proprietary media players.
VLC comes with more audio and video codecs than any of its competitors, including Windows Media Player or iTunes. You’ll never have to worry about opening an obscure file format again!
Oftentimes, players like Windows Media Player and iTunes don’t have all the features that users want. Third party media players are often designed with this in mind, and usually offer a far more robust control panel with more advanced settings and options.
Most video players can play back a video or audio file. Some third party players offer a more robust array of controls. From the ability to play in-process downloads, playing damaged files, adjusting audio EQ, and correcting when audio and video get out of synch, there are a number of added features that standard players can’t do.
KMPlayer offers a number of features that most competitors don’t offer, including video color controls, time stretching, audio pitch shifting, audio and subtitle re-synching, auto-resume, and shutdown at the completion of a playlist.
No matter how much people love being on the cutting edge of technology, sometimes you just plain and simple don’t like changes that companies make to their software. Without pointing fingers or naming names, there is one proprietary media player in particular that seems to keep changing its interface and layouts, and each time that happens, there is a huge backlash of people who were perfectly comfortable with the previous iteration.
If you are the type of user who appreciates simplicity and consistency, Media Player Classic boasts a very familiar interface that is easy to navigate, and actually resembles previous versions of Windows Media Player. So if you prefer a familiar interface with more up-to-date functionality, you can rest assured that your media player won’t look totally different out of the blue.
As proprietary media players take on more and more functionality, the exchange for them being able to do everything you could ever imagine is that they take up more space on your hard drive and more system resources, making some process slower.
Most third party media players have stripped away some of the more intensive functions like disc burning in order to make everything run more smoothly. Especially if you don’t have millions of songs and movie files in your computer’s media library, switching to a lighter weight media player program can free up space on your hard drive and free up resources to allow processes to run a little more smoothly.
Even among free options, UMPlayer is one of the lightest, most intuitive media players on the market. It may lack some of the features that you would expect, however it has a huge library of codecs, which means it can play almost any digital video file you have.