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K-Multimedia Player
The KMPlayer icon (since v3.2).png
The KMPlayer screenshot.png
K-Multimedia Player v3.7
Original author(s) Kang Yong-Huee
Developer(s) Pandora TV
Initial release 1 October 2002; 11 years ago (2002-10-01)[1]
Stable release 3.9.0.124 (14 May 2014; 4 months ago (2014-05-14)[2]) [±]
Written in Delphi, C++Builder, Netwide Assembler and Visual C++[3]
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Available in English, Albanian, Arabic, Belarusian, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean (Default), Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese
Type Media player
License Freeware
Website kmplayer.com

K-Multimedia Player (commonly known as The KMPlayer, KMPlayer or KMP) is a media player for Windows which can play a large number of formats including VCD, DVD, AVI, MKV, Ogg, OGM, 3GP, MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, RealMedia, FLV and QuickTime. It has a significant user base and has received strong ratings and reviews on major independent download sites.

History[edit]

The original KMPlayer logo
The KMPlayer logo, effective 19 March 2012

KMPlayer was originally developed by Kang Young-Huee and was first released on 1 October 2002.[1] On 5 March 2008, The KMPlayer's Forum announced that the KMPlayer had been acquired by Pandora TV (a Korean streaming video company) in August 2007.[4]

Naming[edit]

KMPlayer is known under several names. In version 3.0.0.1438,[5] the player is labeled both KMPlayer and KMP on its main user interface. The About page refers to it as "The KMPlayer Professional Media Player" and "The KMPlayer". The version page refers to it as "KMPlayer". The license page says:[6]

Introduction of KMP KMPlayer (Hereinafter, referred to as KMP) : KMP is a freeware. Its full name is K-Multimedia Player. But, it is also called as KMP, KMPlayer, KMP Player or kmp player.

The player is distributed on international download sites under the names "The KMPlayer"[7] and "KMPlayer".[8] Its official forums refer to it as "The KMPlayer",[9] while its PandoraTV site calls it "KMPlayer".[10]

Features[edit]

The player handles a wide range of audio, video and subtitles formats and allows one to capture audio, video, and screenshots. It provides both internal and external filters with a fully controlled environment in terms of connections to other splitters, decoders, audio/video transform filters and renderers without grappling with the DirectShow merit system (a system of selecting and prioritizing codecs across the entire Windows operating system[11]). Internal filters are not registered into the system's registry to prevent the operating system from confusing system filters with K-Multimedia Player's filters.

The player can set many audio and video effects, slow down or increase playback speed, select parts of a video as favorites, do various A-B repeats, remap the keys of remote interface for HTPC including overlay screen controls, and change a skin dynamically depending on a media type playing. KMP is completely customizable thanks to a wide selection of skins and color schemes, as well extensive the configuration options.[12]

KMPlayer 3-D

KMPlayer supports 3D format (side-by-side, top and bottom) videos with a low CPU Memory share and provides an optimized, stable playback through GPU support. With a one click of a button, you’ll be able to experience the amazing 3D home cinema world and you conveniently can enjoy 3D Contents without downloading with 3D Movie Plus Apps being provided by KMP Plus.

KMPlayer Mobile App

KMPlayer Mobile App was released March 15, 2014. Users are now able to download KMPlayer onto their phones for both android and iOS.

KMP Connect

KMP Connect was released May 14, 2014 now allowing users of KMPlayer PC to connect to their KMPlayer mobile app. With this feature, users will now be able to stream any video file they have on their PC straight to their phones no matter where they are.

The Future of KMPlayer[edit]

Cloud KMP

Cloud KMP which currently is under development is a function in which a user may easily and conveniently manage his media library files that were edited in his Album Art. Library items that were edited from a user’s own files may be synchronized at anytime/anywhere and also may easily may be managed. Cloud KMP provides N-Screen Services by synchronizing with KMP+’s Album Art. All of the services are being provided in Live Streaming form and gets registered in Window’s Service application so users may use services even when the users’ PC is locked. Also, by using KMP’s Device connecting function, you will be able to use DMB(Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) service even at countries where it’s not being provided using the N-Screen Service through a variety of different kind of Mobile Devices if you use the TV reception card via 3G or Wi-Fi, at anywhere/anytime.

KMPlayer for Mac

Currently KMPlayer Mac is under development and will be launched hopefully in late 2014, bring all of KMPlayer's versatility into the homes of Mac users.

Supported files and devices[edit]

  • Incomplete/damaged AVI files (the player can skip damaged frames)
  • the player can handle Locked media files while downloading or sharing (with real-time index rebuilding under certain conditions: AVI downloading in consecutive order)
  • the player supports incoming streams delivered via HTTP (ASF/OGG/MP3/AAC/MPEG PS/MPEG TS: only work with internal splitters)
  • the player supports DirectShow playback (AVI, WMV, MKV, MOV, MP4, Ogg theora, ogm, rmvb, mpeg1, mpeg2, http:// etc. including almost every audio format playable via other supported decoders)
  • Real Engine + DirectShow (needs RealPlayer or Real Alternative or its decoders)
  • QuickTime engine + DirectShow (needs QuickTime or Alternative or its decoders)
  • the MPlayer engine is supported, but is not shipped with the package.
  • WinAmp input plugin support
  • Blu-Ray playback
  • DVD playback, ratDVD support (needs ratDVD filters)
  • Audio CD (2000, XP only)
  • Video CD/SVCD/XCD: CDXA Format (2000, XP only)
  • VCD image file (BIN/ISO/IMG/NRG)
  • WDM device support like TV/HDTV/Camera/Cam etc.
  • Adobe Flash/FLC/FLI
  • Various image files like png, gif, etc.
  • Video containers: AVI, ASF, WMV, AVS, FLV, MKV, MOV, 3GP, MP4, MPG, MPEG, DAT, OGM, VOB, RM, RMVB, TS, TP, IFO, NSV
  • Audio containers: MP3, AAC, WAV, WMA, CDA, FLAC, M4A, MID, MKA, MP2, MPA, MPC, APE, OFR, OGG, RA, WV, TTA, AC3, DTS
  • Pictures: BMP, GIF, JPEG/JPG, PNG
  • Playlists: ZIP/RAR (Audio archive only), LNK, ASX, WAX, M3U, M3U8, PLS, KPL, LNK, CUE, WVX, WMX
  • Subtitles: RT, SMI, SMIL, SUB, IDX, ASS, SSA, PSB, SRT, S2K, USF, SSF, TXT, LRC
  • Others: DVR-MS, DIVX, M4V, M2V, PART, VP6, RAM, RMM, SWF, TRP, FLC, FLI

Covered codecs/filters[edit]

KMPlayer includes many essential decoders required for media playback. For formats these decoders support in limited fashion, several types of external decoders can be specified, so that users can specify exactly what types of decoders play virtually any file format supported. Even though the KMP is based primarily upon DirectShow, it supports Winamp, RealMedia and QuickTime internally.

  • External Codecs
    • Media Priority to Connect among decoder types: DirectShow, Real, QuickTime, WinAmp and MPlayer
    • Custom Filter Manager to force or block external filters
    • System Filter Manager to manage (reregister or unregister) external filters

Subtitles[edit]

Plugins[edit]

KMPlayer supports the following types of Winamp v2/v5 plugins: input, DSP/effect, visualization and general-purpose. The path in which these plugins can be found and their corresponding settings can be specified.

  • Winamp plugins: input, DSP (can stack), visual (can stack), general plugins (media library etc. support)
  • KMP video plugins by SDK (can stack)
  • DScaler filter support (can stack)

Reception[edit]

KMPlayer has been listed as one of the five best multimedia players by Lifehacker.[13]

Ionut Ilascu, writing for Softpedia noted "The application is definitely one of the most complete video players on the market offering a huge suite of options to tweak it to your own liking." and concluded "KMPlayer does a wonderful job as a video player, supporting the most popular formats and dealing formidably with DVD video.", the program received an overall score of 4 out of 5 earning a rating of "Very Good" and also receiving the Softpedia Pick award.[14]

Seth Rosenblatt of CNET's Download.com also reviewed KMPlayer 3.0 and gave it a score of 5 out of 5 saying it "is one of the most powerful freeware video players we've seen" but mentioned a lack of online help or documentation as a shortcoming.[15]

The Softonic review by James Thornton called it a “Excellent free multi-format media player”[16]

Tina Sieber, writing for MakeUseOf noted "It natively supports a myriad of audio and video formats [...] it offers many advanced features, is extremely customizable, and is available in multiple languages" and "If you are looking for a versatile multimedia player for Windows, KMPlayer may be just the one." also noting "The KMPlayer interface is simple enough for the average person to use it as a basic media player."[17]

PCWorld India called it "a very cool little audio/video player with an extraordinary array of built-in audio and video decoders".[18]

George.J, writing for Tech Support Alert, noted "KMPlayer definitely stands out" concluding "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."[19]

Mihai Matei, writing for FileCluster, noted "Overall this media player is very promising and manages to deliver a high-quality experience to the user" concluding "KMPlayer is a great media player. It combines both performance and user-friendliness in a seamless way and delivers a good experience."[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "최강의 미디어 플레이어 KMPlayer Build 300 (The ultimate media player KMPlayer Build 300)" (in Korean). 한국 델파이 동호회 델마당 (Korea Delphi Club delmadang). 1 October 2002. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "[2014/05/14] KMPlayer 3.9 Release (Build No. 3.9.0.124)". 2014-05-14. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  3. ^ Yong-Huee, Kang. "기본설명 (Basic information)". Kang Yong-Huee Homepage. Retrieved 20 May 2010. "제작언어/제작환경 [...] 델파이 7 [...] C++ Builder 6 [...] NASM [...] DJGPP(GCC 3.2) [...] VC++ 6.0 (Translation: Authoring language / authoring environment [...] Delphi 7 C++ Builder 6 [...] NASM [...] DJGPP(GCC 3.2) [...] VC++ 6.0)" 
  4. ^ "To all KMPlayer users". The KMPlayer's Forums. 5 March 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2010. "In order to develop the KMPlayer to the next level to accommodate growing needs from all over the world, Pandora TV, the largest video streaming company in Korea has acquired the technology including the source code and core engine for the KMPlayer from the original developer, Kang Yong-Huee on August, 2007." 
  5. ^ "KMPlayer 3.0.0.1438 Final". MajorGeeks.com. 15 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Software License Agreement", The KMPlayer 2.9.4.1435 (kmplayer.com), "Its full name is K-Multimedia Player. But, it is also called as KMP, KMPlayer, KMP Player or kmp player." 
  7. ^ "The KMPlayer 2.9.4.1437 CNET editors' review". CNET Download.com. 6 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "Uber Configurable Video Player". Softpedia. 28 January 2008. 
  9. ^ "The KMPlayer's Forums". KMPlayer.com. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  10. ^ "KMPlayer 1434 Official". Pandora TV. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  11. ^ Lanier, Chris (31 March 2005). merit system "Understanding DirectShow Merits". Chris Lanier Blog. Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Skins". The KMPlayer's Forums. Pandora TV. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Five Best Video Players". Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Uber Configurable Video Player" (28 January 2008). Softpedia. SoftNews NET SRL. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  15. ^ Rosenblatt, Seth (6 November 2008). "KMPlayer". Download.com. CNET. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  16. ^ KMPlayer - Download
  17. ^ "KMPlayer – The Best Media Player Ever?". Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "KMPlayer 3.0.0.1442 < Media Players and Managers < PC World India Downloads < PCWorld.in". Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  19. ^ http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-windows-media-player-replacement-kmplayer-review.htm
  20. ^ http://www.filecluster.com/reviews/072011/kmplayer-review-media-player-1594/

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