When it comes to media players that are feature-rich, easy to use, and conflict-free, KMPlayer is without a doubt one of the best. If all you want is to enjoy watching movies or listen to your audio files, you will most likely never have to change any of the default settings – simply run the player, open your files and enjoy. However, the more advanced users will find anything that they need as well – KMPlayer supports plugins, internal and external filters, various subtitles (including text to speech for reading subtitles), and most of the media file formats such as VCD, DVD, AVI, MKV, Ogg Theora, OGM, 3GP, MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, RealMedia, and QuickTime amongst others.
The installation process is standard – download the installer, launch it, select or deselect a few options, and finish the installation wizard; keep in mind that by default the installation is bundled with a toolbar and is also changing your default browser search options: you might want to un-check that option before clicking the Finish button. When you run the player for a first time a set-up wizard will help you configure the application: you can opt to leave the default or current settings, as well as make some changes.
Ease of use
Despite the lack of any tutorials or help files, most users won’t have a problem finding their way around. To open a file right click and click the top option, if you want to add a folder click on the add folder button, managing your playlists is done via a playlists editor, which you can bring up by pressing Alt+E, and so on. KMPlayer plays almost all known media files from the most common ones to formats that are rarely used, the video and audio quality are great and the program uses minimal system resources. It also handles wide range of subtitle formats, can play damaged avi files, allows you to slow down playback, and offers various skins and color schemes.
KMPlayer is a freeware and works on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7