Kantaris Media Player
An intuitive all-in-one polished media player designed with style.
Pros & Cons:
When an open source media player offers you the video playback based on one of the most popular media players around, VLC and Bass audio library with a touch of extravagance and a super slick interfacereminiscent of Windows Media Player or should I say, more so like the modern skins of a music player you get the all new Kantaris Media Player.
I’m using Kantaris Media Player lite provided by codecpack.co which is exactly similar to the original Kantaris in its features and appearance but without OpenCandy Adware bundled. The software is distributed under the lesser GNU General Public License. After accepting the agreement, select the folder that you need to install and specify whether you need to create a start menu folder and desktop icon and now you’re ready to go.
The first thing you’ll notice in Kantaris is its recherché interface. Activating the full screen mode gives a movie theatre like experience while playing videos.Controls are visible only when you move the mouse in full screen mode. At the top there are 2 tabs, one for Playback and the other Plugin Manager which gives you access to recommended plugins. Not many complex configuration options are available which makes it extremely simple to use.Menu options are available at the top and on right click. Playback buttons are available at the centre bottom. I really miss seek by 5sec here as seeking can be done only by fast-forward 30sec. The elapsed and remaining time along with the file name is displayed to the bottom left. To the right we have buttons to access the Settings, MediaInfo that shows NowPlaying info and ratings from IMDB and Playlist with Repeat, Shuffle buttons.
Though bundled with OpenCandy (not applicable for Lite version provided in "Get It" link above) and limited in features, Kantaris Media Player aims to be an intuitive all-in-one polished media player designed with style that meets all your needs for a great media experience and one that promises a great future.
Kantaris Media Player was reviewed by Gizmos Freeware on based on version 0.7.9.