KMPlayer Review

KMPlayer

KMPlayer

Overview

When everything comes down to using a media player that is feature rich and easy to use, KMPlayer definitely stands out. The development of the player has its roots in South Korea, by the developer Kang Yong-Hee and has been bought by the largest video streaming company in Korea, Pandora TV in 2007. Also known as K-Multimedia player or KMP, it offers many advanced features, supports a wide range of codecs and formats, is extremely customizable and is available in multiple languages.
   

Installation

KMWizardThe installer is a standard 15MB package and the user goes through a conventional 5 step process that starts with your preferred language and then guides you into the wizard offering you the preferred type of install. Beginners can go for the recommended settings which installs the EXE and Extender files, internal and external codecs, skins and shortcuts (Note: Fake KMPlayer’s are floating around the internet, in such a case when you come across one, in the ‘type of install’, uncheck any items that are not bolded as they are crapware. Its recommended that you download the installer from the Quick Selection Guide). Choose your destination folder and you’re ready to go. You may opt out of the Pandora Search bar installation. Beginners can select the Default settings when you first run the program. Advanced users may define their preferred settings and switch presets, choose decoders for playback, change work priority, configure subtitles, adjust speaker and thumbnail album art settings, select skins, set associations and configure other miscellaneous settings.

Interface

KMFifteenA minimalistic, user friendly and functional interface, all the options are available to you on right click in the main window which gives access to the players extensive features. The player offers quick playback and a fully skinable interface that change upon every new playing track. The basic player controls are available at the bottom. Towards the left ,the system time is displayed that changes into elapsed/total playback time when a file is loaded. Also you can view information regarding the file and filters, set audio streams and repeat and shuffle options. Volume control is present towards the right along with toggling shade mode, navigate and open files, tools menu giving access to screen and color controls as well as change the video effects (sharpen, deinterlace etc) and a playlist editor. Personally I like the mouse over animated buttons on the top to add folders, access help menu and the close button.

Features

KMDeathNoteKMPlayer hosts a myriad of features but the lack of a help file for this advanced media player is quite a shame. Its an all-in-one media player that handles both audio and video, and supports a wide range of different formats, almost everything that I’ve thrown onto it, meaning that once installed you don’t have to search for another player. For media playback, it includes almost all the essential decoders required built in. Additionally KMP also supports 3rd party codecs and also doesn’t install the codecs on the computer like other codecs do. Most public codec packs+players forces codecs to register on your computer, while KMP does not. This means that installing KMP will not affect your computer at all.

The player has full VCD/DVD playback functionality, set multifarious audio and video effects, control playback speed and octave, sharpen and change picture properties, apply external filters, select parts of a video as favorites, make video captures within the program, do an exceptionally strong A-B repeat, matrix/normalizer options through built-in voice codec, remap the keys of remote interface for HTPC including overlay screen controls, change a skin dynamically depending on a media type playing, and many more.

Pros

  • Play damaged AVI files, locked media files and compressed audio albums
  • Live URL broadcasting support
  • User friendly interface
  • Doesn’t show advertisements to upgrade
  • Good picture quality and playback
  • Multi-language support
  • Extensive configuration options
  • Apply user defined external filters apart from built-in
  • Plays almost all media files
  • Internal logic supports Winamp, Real Media and Quick Time by default
  • Strong user base and active forum

Cons:

  • Lacks a professional web representation
  • Slower than some media players like VLC
  • Pandora toolbar installation that can be opted out
  • Reputation took a hit when fake versions have been provided in other websites
  • Available for Windows only

Conclusion and Verdict

KMPlayer works like a charm and my experience with the player has been excellent. If you’re looking for a light yet a powerful video player, KMPlayer could be your best choice. Its bundled with all the codecs that you would ever need to play any movie. Its simple enough to use for an average person but don’t be deceived by its simplicity, its offers a powerhouse of configuration options and its strong user base and its active official forum helps you out whenever you run into a problem with the player. KMPlayer is highly recommended for anyone who’s on the lookout for a powerful, free and easy to use media player.
 
Installation:Rating 9 of 10
 
Interface:Rating 9 of 10
 
Usability:Rating 10 of 10
 
Features:Rating 10 of 10
 
Help and Support:Rating 9 of 10
 
KMPlayer scores a perfect 5/5 on Gizmo's reviews for Best Free Media Player Rating 10 of 10
 
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*** version reviewed 3.0.0.1441

 

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Comments

by George.J on 23. September 2011 - 7:26  (80168)
by Pantuflo (not verified) on 12. July 2011 - 11:24  (75290)

Cons: "No English user manual or help files"

Please fix that point. There is an official user manual that is available online and in chm format. It is not installed by default but you can get it in the forums:
http://www.kmplayer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9000

Thanks.

by Nora (not verified) on 31. August 2011 - 4:44  (78710)

..and the latest incantation,

"KMPlayer_EN_3.0.0.1441"

..seems to injecting 'ask.com', plus a whole
bunch of uncalled for 'goodies'.

..gee thanks .

Nora

by George.J on 12. July 2011 - 12:01  (75292)

Thanks for the link, i'll update :-)

by George.J on 11. July 2011 - 2:19  (75165)

**Download link added

by George.J on 10. July 2011 - 17:33  (75147)

**screenshots added

by 26Dolphins on 10. July 2011 - 14:39  (75135)

Thanks George for the review.
Which skin is the one in the screenshot?

by George.J on 10. July 2011 - 15:02  (75137)

Its the default skin available with the download along with the KMPlayer album art logo. Default.ksf file

by Anupam on 10. July 2011 - 9:43  (75127)

GJ, what are external and internal codecs that come up when installing KM Player? I don't think they were in previous versions of KMP. I only saw this recently. I haven't used KMP in a long time. My choice of player is VLC, but I had installed KMP when fake versions were out.. and I was confused by the external and internal codec thing.

by George.J on 10. July 2011 - 14:30  (75132)

For media players decoders are required for playback. The internal decoders supplied with media players support in a limited fashion only. Hence several types of external decoders can be specified so that users can specify exactly what types of decoders play virtually any file format supported. KMPlayer is primarily based on DirectShow. DirectShow includes a number of filters for decoding some common media file formats. The internal codec is processed within KMP rendering a faster and a safer action.
The current codec pack softwares and the players create numerous problems by compulsorily installing and registering codecs on the system. However, KMP is different. It does not harm the system. This means that the installation and the removal of KMP do not affect the system, whereas for some other players the codecs might be still installed after uninstalling the s/w. Depending on the decoder of the external codec, we can set up an individual decoder if required. Furthermore, either the establishment of priorities for filtering or restrictions on its use is supported.

by Anupam on 12. July 2011 - 16:13  (75318)

Thanks for the explanation GJ. Yes, when I saw the internal and external codec thing, I suspected it might affect the system. Although I was not worried, because I was installing it under a virutal environment, but it made me wonder. Good thing that KM Player codecs do not affect the system, that's thoughtful.

by bernardz on 10. July 2011 - 9:28  (75126)

I like kmplayer but had a lot of weird problems with it, finally I gave up and went back to VLC.

One big disadvantage kmplayer has is new codexs, what I used to do is whenever I had a problem with a codex was run VLC, then kmplayer.

by George.J on 10. July 2011 - 14:35  (75133)

The new codecs? What are you referring to? Has the player ever failed to play any video files for your system?

by MidnightCowboy on 10. July 2011 - 5:38  (75114)

Nice one George.J :)

by George.J on 10. July 2011 - 14:35  (75134)

Thanks MC :-)

by George.J on 10. July 2011 - 5:29  (75113)

**screenshots to be uploaded soon...

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