Be it a professional, an enthusiast, or even a casual user, one software which you will find common in all their personal computers is one which plays movies and music on the system, in short a multimedia playback software. The ironic fact is that even though a vast amount of playback software’s are existing in the market as of now, only a few of them manage to emerge to the top and end up on a common man’s desktop. Yes, indeed it is a competitive race.
The reason why not all of them are at par is because most of them do not possess the qualities of an ideal media player. Some of those who do, fail to perform in real-time application. Only a handful of media players do manage to integrate performance and functionality, these become people’s favorite. One media player which keeps up to its word and possesses all the values described above is the GOM media player, developed by people from the company Gretech.
In one look you realize that the user interface is simple yet elegant consisting of all the needed functionalities and buttons (play, pause, stop etc) placed on the skin and those which are not needed, done away with or hidden in the background in one of the menus. A vast array of codec’s have been built into it including the most common ones like MPEG, AVI, DivX, XviD, WMV, ASF etc. Error rectification functionalities have also been integrated, which allows this media player to play partially downloaded files till the time they are not corrupt. The drag and drop feature is included too.
The most notable and impressive feature among all must be its enhanced filter rendering which allows for videos to be played so smoothly that they seem to be treat to the eyes. If you get bored with the default skin of the player, you have the option of editing them to suit your taste and personality so that one theme does not get monotonous. Some of the other notable features of this media player include key remapping and submitting, HTTP streaming, real-time index building and also Unicode support.
Functions such as the hue, saturation and brightness can be adjusted on the customizable control panel which turns out to be another impressive feature. You also have the option of using the pop up playlist to organize media; the only let down here is that it has only 2 sorting techniques but it may be overlooked given the performance GOM player has to offer in other fields. The best part of this software is not in the features and functionalities which have been mentioned above, but the fact that Gretech has managed to keep this software totally free.
Some other features of GOM media player include zooming and panning, adjustable audio controls and screen-capture. A new version of this software has recently been released which solves the problem of occasional deadlock’s which used to occur while exiting the software and has an improvement with its audio decoder.