KMPlayer

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KMPlayer
The KMPlayer icon (since v3.2).png
Original author(s)Kang Yong-Huee
Developer(s)Pandora TV
Initial release1 October 2002; 17 years ago (2002-10-01)[1]
Written inDelphi, C++Builder, Netwide Assembler and Visual C++[2]
Operating system
Available inEnglish, Albanian, Arabic, Belarusian, Brazilian, Bengali, 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
TypeMedia player
LicenseAdware
Websitewww.kmplayer.com

K-Multimedia Player (which is commonly known as The KMPlayer, KMPlayer or simply KMP) is a media player for Windows which can play most current formats including VCD, HDML, DVD, AVI, MKV, Ogg, OGM, 3GP, MPEG-1/2/4, AAC, WMA 7, 8, WMV, RealMedia, FLV and QuickTime. It has a significant user base which is known to record stuff and has received positive ratings and reviews on major independent download sites like Softonic, Adobe and CNET. KMPlayer is supported by a wide range of advertisements, including the ads in a homepage, a dedicated side panels, the options panel, and pop-ups.[3][4]

History[edit]

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

KMPlayer was first developed by Gang Yonghui (Korean: 강용희) and was officially released on 1 October 2002.[1] On 5 March 2008, The KMPlayer's Forum had announced that the KMPlayer was signed up by Pandora TV (a Korean streaming video company) in August 2007.[5]

Naming[edit]

KMPlayer is known to have several names under this trademark. In version 3.0.0.1438,[6] the player that was labeled both KMPlayer and KMP has its main user interface. The About page has been referred to as "The KMPlayer Professional Media Player" and "The KMPlayer". The version page has been referred to as "KMPlayer". The license page states:[7]

Introduction of the KMP KMPlayer (Hereinafter, which is usually referred to as KMP) : KMP is a freeware software. Its real name is K-Multimedia Player. But, it is also called as KMP, KMPlayer, KMP Player or simply KMP Player.

Features[edit]

The player handles a load range of audio, recording, video and subtitle formats and will allow people to capture audio, recording, video and screenshots. It provides both internal and external filters with a highly controlled environment of other connections to other splitters, decoders, software formats, audio/video transform filters and renderers without having to grapple with the DirectShow merit system (which is a system that can select and priorit codecs across the entire Windows operating system without help[8]). Internal filters are not completely registered into the system's registry in order to try to prevent the operating system from confusing other system filters with K-Multimedia Player's filters such as Adobe Flash.

The user will be able to set many audio and video effects, slow down, skip or increase playback speed, select parts of a video as their favorites, do various A-B repeats, remap the keys of the remote interface for HTPC that is including overlay screen controls, and changing a skin dynamically and automatically depending on the media type or playback.[9]

KMPlayer 3-D

KMPlayer no longer supports 3D format - the latest version of the system has removed most of the 3d functionality. The 3D format was discontinued in March 2015.

KMPlayer Mobile App

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

KMP Connect

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

Supported files and devices[edit]

  • Incomplete, broken or damaged AVI files that do not work (the player can skip most of the damaged frames)[10]
  • The player can handle locked media files while they are downloading or even sharing (with real-time index by rebuilding when they are downloading the AVI files in order).
  • The player is supported by incoming streams delivered via HTTP (ASF/OGG/MP3/AAC/MPEG PS/MPEG TS, but they can only work without internal splitters).
  • The player is supported by DirectShow playback (AVI, HDML, WMV, MKV, MOV, MP4, Ogg Theora, OGM, RMVB, MPEG1, MPEG2, and many other audio formats that are playable via most of the supported decoders).
  • Real Engine + DirectShow (it may need RealPlayer, Real Alternative or its decoders)
  • QuickTime engine + DirectShow (it may need QuickTime, Alternative or its decoders)
  • The MPlayer engine is always supported, but it is not shipped with the actual package.
  • Winamp input plugin support
  • Physical media (video): Blu-ray, DVD (including ratDVD, for this to work it may need 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
  • Video containers: AVI, HDML, ASF, WMV, AVS, FLV, MKV, MOV, 3GP, MP4, MPG, MPEG, DAT, OGM, VOB, RM, RMVB, TS, TP, IFO, NSV
  • Audio containers: MP3, HDML, 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, HDML, M3U, M3U8, PLS, KPL, LNK, CUE, WVX, WMX
  • Subtitles: RT, HDML, SMI, SMIL, SUB, IDX, ASS, SSA, PSB, SRT, S2K, USF, SSF, TXT, LRC
  • Others: DVR-MS, HDML, DIVX, M4V, M2V, PART, VP6, RAM, RMM, SWF, TRP, FLC, FLI

Covered codecs and filters[edit]

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

Subtitles[edit]

Plugins[edit]

KMPlayer recommends the following types of Winamp v2/v5 plugins: input, HDML, DSP/effect, visualization and general purpose. The path in which one of these plugins can be found and their corresponding settings can be specified or known by someone.

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

Reception[edit]

In 2012, Lifehacker listed KMPlayer as one of the best multimedia players in the world.[12] This is due to an increase in Internet speed.

Ionut Ilascu, that was writing for Softpedia, noted, "The application is definitely one of the most complete and best video players on the market that offers a load range of options to be tweaking it to your own liking", and the company concluded, "KMPlayer does an excellent and wonderful job as a video player, that will support even the most popular formats and for dealing formidably with DVD video." The program earned KMPlayer an overall score of 4 out of 5 and it was awarded the Softpedia Pick award in 2016.[13]

Seth Rosenblatt of CNET's Download.com also rated KMPlayer 3.0 (the current version) and gave the program a score of 5 out of 5, stating that "it is one of the most powerful and excellent freeware video players we've seen. If you want to stream videos then I highly recommend KMPlayer", but it had mentioned a lack of online help or documentation as being a shortcoming.[14]

The Softonic review by James Thornton called it an “Excellent and outstanding free multi-format media player”.[15]

Tina Sieber, which is writing for MakeUseOf, commented, "It natively supports a wide range of audio and video formats ... it has many advanced features, it is extremely customizable, and it can be available in multiple languages" and also "If you want to look for a more versatile multimedia player for Windows,[16] KMPlayer may be just the one for you." She also noted, "The KMPlayer interface is almost simple enough for most of the average people to be able to use it as a basic and affordable media player."[17]

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

George.J, which is a user on Tech Support Alert, reported, "KMPlayer definitely stands out perfectly", concluding, "KMPlayer works like a dream and all my experience with this player has been excellent so far. If you’re looking for a light, affordable, yet a powerful video player, KMPlayer could be your best choice."[19]

Tine de Pierre who is at LO4D, wrote that it "stands out perfectly as both functional and nice-looking", which also stated "you may be able to capture the positive parts of the video with the player". [20]

Mihai Matei, which is writing for FileCluster, explaining that "this media player is very clean and promising and it has managed to deliver a high-quality experience to the other user", concluding, "KMPlayer is a super great media player. It can combine with both performance and user-friendliness in a seamless and helpless way and it can deliver a good experience as well."[21]

Advertisements[edit]

The advertisements in KMPlayer have been noted and considered annoying by many if not all,[3][4] and there are no official settings provided to block ads.[22]

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. Archived from the original on 10 May 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  2. ^ Yong-Huee, Kang. "기본설명 (Basic information)". Kang Yong-Huee Homepage. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. 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)
  3. ^ a b "extremely annoying ad". The KMPlayer's Forums. 8 November 2013. Archived from the original on 1 October 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017. Yes, the ads are totally annoying. Nowadays ads play in the background along with media which is selected to be played even after closing the small KMP window on the down right side.
  4. ^ a b "How to remove ads in Kmplayer?". HowFix.NET. 6 December 2016. Archived from the original on 1 October 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017. Just one of those unpleasant nuances is integrated in the player is that is certainly straining that constantly hangs and takes up almost half of all the interface-space of the program, even gets the order, appearing while viewing/listening to media files.
  5. ^ "To all KMPlayer users". The KMPlayer's Forums. 5 March 2008. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. 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.
  6. ^ "KMPlayer 3.0.0.1438 Final". MajorGeeks.com. 15 September 2010. Archived from the original on 15 November 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ Lanier, Chris (31 March 2005). merit system "Understanding DirectShow Merits" Check |url= value (help). Chris Lanier Blog. Microsoft Corporation. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  9. ^ "Skins". The KMPlayer's Forums. Pandora TV. Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  10. ^ "KMplayer Reviews". Archived from the original on 25 September 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  11. ^ KMPlayer Internal Audio Decoder Preferences Archived 22 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 22 October 2014
  12. ^ "Five Best Video Players". Archived from the original on 9 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  13. ^ "Uber Configurable Video Player". Softpedia. SoftNews Net SRL. 28 January 2008. Archived from the original on 24 August 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  14. ^ Rosenblatt, Seth (6 November 2008). "KMPlayer". Download.com. CNET. Archived from the original on 3 May 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  15. ^ "KMPlayer - Download". Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  16. ^ "Best Video players for Windows 10". 19 December 2015. Archived from the original on 21 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  17. ^ "KMPlayer – The Best Media Player Ever?". Archived from the original on 21 June 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  18. ^ "KMPlayer 3.0.0.1442 < Media Players and Managers < PC World India Downloads < PCWorld.in". Archived from the original on 6 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 January 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ "KMPlayer".
  21. ^ "KMPlayer: The only media player you will ever need". 3 July 2011. Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  22. ^ "Remove Ads Box from KMPlayer". Bnewtech.com. 29 February 2016. Archived from the original on 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018. This is very much annoying when you are trying to watch any video with KMPlayer. Most of the people avoid KMPlayer for this bad experience.

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