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Top 5 Best Free HD Video Players for Windows 8

by Richaldanny

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 Do you always spend your time on watching movies? And you have a large amount of movies on your computer hard drive? Then, you will need the best video player to make your hobby more fun. Windows 8 has its own video player, yeah, that is Windows Media Player. But that is not a pretty good video player. Lack of features becomes the main reason why WMP is not recommended for movie buffs. There are lots of free video player that have much better features than WMP, and here I have collected 5 best free media players for Windows 8. Just check them out.

Top 1: VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is the ultimate choice for playing media files on Windows 8. The ease of installation, geniality with resources and support for playback of large media formats make it an awesome free media player. The ability to play damaged, corrupted or incomplete media files is awesome. The capabilities to stream over network and to convert media files into different formats are some of its best features. It also snubs DVD region codes which makes it a global media player. The player has also a collection of basic filters to modify video's display. A lot of skins are available to change the default look.

Top 2: Leawo Free Video Player

Leawo free video player is a media player with far-reaching appeal. This free media player can force you to drop all other media players in Windows 8, thanks to its rich features. It comes with a load of codecs to support all popular multimedia formats like AVI, MPEG, WMV, MP4, FLV, MKV, etc. It could also play back encrypted DVDs and Blu-rays on Windows 8 in cinema-like way. It is possible to choose subtitles and audio tracks, customize contrast, brightness and saturation, do video and audio settings and it fully supports the red-hot DTS5.1 surround sound.

Top 3: KMPlayer

If you like all your media player's settings at your fingertips, KMPlayer has a lot to offer. The right click context menu is absolutely enormous and gives you nearly instant access to all manner of settings, including screen ratio, playback speed, video bookmarking, filters and other effect. You can set KMPlayer to change its skin based on what media type you're playing or if you're running it on a media center you can use to overlay skin to provide easy remote-based navigation. KMPlayer supports an extensive number of formats including DVD playback and is easily customized to your specific needs.

Top 4: GOM Media Player

GOM Player is a free multimedia player with popular video and audio codecs built-in. It supports a wide range of file formats such as AVI, DAT, MPEG, DivX, XviD, WMV, ASF. Users don't have to install codecs separately. GOM Player is capable of playing incomplete or damaged AVI files by skipping the damaged frames. It can also play locked or partially downloaded files. Its other features include drag-and-drop support, HTTP streaming, editable skins, subtitling, overlay mixer, key remapping, enhanced filter rendering, real-time index rebuilding for AVI files and unicode support among others.

Top 5: SM Player

SMPlayer is a complete free media player for Windows 8. It uses the award-winning MPlayer as playback engine which is capable of playing most video and audio formats (avi, mkv, wmv, mp4, mpeg, ect). It uses its own codecs, so you don't need to install any codec packs. One of the most interesting features of SMPlayer: it remembers the settings of all files you play. So you start to watch a movie but you have to leave... don't worry, when you open that movie again it will resume at the same point you left it, and with the same settings: audio track, subtitles, volume.

Above 5 free media players can turn your media experience very pleasant in Windows 8. Do tell me about your experience with any of these media players in Windows 8 by leaving a comment.

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