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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; 13 years ago (2002-10-01)[1]
Stable release 4.0 (6 October 2015; 3 months ago (2015-10-06)[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 Adware
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.

Features[edit]

The player handles a wide range of audio, video and subtitle formats and allows one to capture audio, video and screenshots. It provides both internal and external filters with a fully controlled environment 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[7]). Internal filters are not registered into the system's registry in order to prevent the operating system from confusing system filters with K-Multimedia Player's filters.

The user 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 the media type.[8]

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. KMP Plus users can view 3D content with the 3D Movie Plus Apps library.[citation needed]

KMPlayer Mobile App

KMPlayer Mobile App was released on 15 March 2014. It is available for Android and iOS devices.

KMP Connect

KMP Connect was released on 14 May 2014, which allows users to connect the PC version of KMPlayer to their mobile devices. Users can stream any compatible video file they have on their PC to their mobile devices.

Supported files and devices[edit]

  • Incomplete or 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 when downloading AVI files in consecutive order).
  • The player supports incoming streams delivered via HTTP (ASF/OGG/MP3/AAC/MPEG PS/MPEG TS, but they only work with internal splitters).
  • The player supports DirectShow playback (AVI, WMV, MKV, MOV, MP4, Ogg Theora, OGM, RMVB, MPEG1, MPEG2, and other audio formats playable via supported decoders).
  • Real Engine + DirectShow (needs RealPlayer, Real Alternative or its decoders)
  • QuickTime engine + DirectShow (needs QuickTime, Alternative or its decoders)
  • The MPlayer engine is supported, but is not shipped with the package.
  • Winamp input plugin support
  • Blu-Ray playback support
  • DVD playback, ratDVD support (needs ratDVD filters)
  • Audio CD (Windows 2000 and Windows XP only)
  • Video CD/SVCD/XCD: CDXA format (Windows 2000 and Windows 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 and filters[edit]

KMPlayer includes many essential decoders for media playback. Users can add external decoders to increase compatibility with many different kinds of files. Even though KMP is based primarily upon DirectShow, it supports Winamp, RealMedia and QuickTime with the default installation.

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.)
  • KMP video plugins by SDK (can stack)
  • DScaler filter support (can stack)

Reception[edit]

In 2012, Lifehacker listed KMPlayer one of the five best multimedia players.[10]

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 earned an overall score of 4 out of 5 and received the Softpedia Pick award.[11]

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.[12]

The Softonic review by James Thornton called it an “Excellent free multi-format media player”.[13]

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,[14] KMPlayer may be just the one." She also noted, "The KMPlayer interface is simple enough for the average person to use it as a basic media player."[15]

PCWorld India called it "a very cool little audio/video player with an extraordinary array of built-in audio and video decoders".[16]

George.J, a user on Tech Support Alert, wrote, "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."[17]

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."[18]

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. ^ "KMPlayerㅣMultimedia Player". 2014-10-12. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  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. ^ Lanier, Chris (31 March 2005). merit system "Understanding DirectShow Merits" Check |url= value (help). Chris Lanier Blog. Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Skins". The KMPlayer's Forums. Pandora TV. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  9. ^ KMPlayer Internal Audio Decoder Preferences, Retrieved 2014-10-22
  10. ^ "Five Best Video Players". Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Uber Configurable Video Player" (28 January 2008). Softpedia. SoftNews NET SRL. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  12. ^ Rosenblatt, Seth (6 November 2008). "KMPlayer". Download.com. CNET. Archived from the original on 3 May 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  13. ^ KMPlayer - Download
  14. ^ "Best Video players for Windows 10". 
  15. ^ "KMPlayer – The Best Media Player Ever?". Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "KMPlayer 3.0.0.1442 < Media Players and Managers < PC World India Downloads < PCWorld.in". Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  17. ^ http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-windows-media-player-replacement-kmplayer-review.htm
  18. ^ http://www.filecluster.com/reviews/072011/kmplayer-review-media-player-1594/

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