Comparison of video player software

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The following comparison of video players compares general and technical information for a number of software media player programs.

For the purpose of this comparison, "video players" are defined as any media player which can play video, even if it can also play audio files.

Contents

General

Name Author First public release date Stable version Cost Software license Based Framework Written in
ALLPlayer Allplayer ltd 1998 3.7.6.5 (24 December 2008) Free with no codecs, the codecs must be purchased separately. Template:Proprietary ? ?
E.M. Total Video Player Effectmatrix ltd 2006 1.3.1 Free Template:Proprietary / license violating[generalnotes 1] FFmpeg[generalnotes 2] ?
ALShow ESTsoft 2004 Template:Latest stable software release/ALShow Free Template:Proprietary ? ?
Aunsoft FLV Player Aunsoft Software 28 August 2008 1.0.2.1 Free Template:Proprietary ? ?
AXMEDIS Player Axmediatech Software 10 November 2007 1.9.0 Free Template:Proprietary ? ?
AIMPlayer AIMP Software 06 January 2010 2.60 Build 530 Free Template:Proprietary ? ?
BS.Player (Free) Webteh 2000 Template:Latest stable software release/BS.Player Free Template:Proprietary ? ?
BS.Player (Pro) Webteh 2000 Template:Latest stable software release/BS.Player Non-free€29,90 Template:Proprietary ? ?
Socusoft Web Video Player (Shareware) Socusoft 2009 Non-freeShareware Template:Proprietary ? ?
Socusoft Web Video Player (Full) Socusoft 2009 Non-freeUSD$49.95 Template:Proprietary ? ?
Chroma mirailabs 2003 Template:Latest stable software release/Chroma Non-freeTrialware, USD$22.00 Template:Proprietary / license violating[generalnotes 1] FFmpeg[generalnotes 3] ?
Creative MediaSource Creative Technology 2002 Template:Latest stable software release/Creative MediaSource Requires Creative product Template:Proprietary ? ?
CorePlayer CoreCodec Inc. 2006 Non-freeUSD$19.95 Template:Proprietary ? ?
CrystalPlayer Crystal Reality LLC October 2002 Template:Latest stable software release/Crystal Player Non-freeUSD$29.95 Template:Proprietary original ?
Elecard MPEG Player Elecard Devices November 1999 Template:Latest stable software release/Elecard MPEG Player Non-freeTrialware, USD$40.00 Template:Proprietary ? ?
FFplay FFmpeg project 2003-06-07[generalnotes 4] Template:Latest stable software release/FFmpeg Free LGPL (partially GPL) FFmpeg C99
FLV-Media Player HYBRIDWEB.de (Patrick Müller) 22 October 2006 1.74 (26 November 2008) Free Template:Proprietary Adobe Flash Player ?
FLV Player Moyea Ltd May 2007 Template:Latest stable software release/FLV Player Free Template:Proprietary Adobe Flash Player ?
GOM Player Gretech Corporation 7 January 2003 Template:Latest stable software release/GOM Player Free Template:Proprietary / license violating[generalnotes 1] FFmpeg ?
iTunes Apple Inc. 9 January 2001 Template:Latest stable software release/iTunes Free Template:Proprietary QuickTime ?
jetAudio (Basic) Cowon Systems 1997 Template:Latest stable software release/jetAudio Free Template:Proprietary ? ?
jetAudio (Plus) Cowon Systems 1997 Template:Latest stable software release/jetAudio Non-freeUSD$29.00 Template:Proprietary ? ?
Kaffeine KDE 2003 Template:Latest stable software release/Kaffeine Free GPL xine C++
Kantaris Christofer Persson July 2007 Template:Latest stable software release/Kantaris Free LGPL (partially GPL) VLC C#
KMPlayer Koos Vriezen, Joonas Koivunen January 2003 0.11.0 RC4 (6 June 2008) Free GPL MPlayer C++
K-Multimedia Player YoungHuee Kang 1 October 2002 Template:Latest stable software release/K-Multimedia Player Free Template:Proprietary / license violating[generalnotes 1] ? ?
LCPlayer LCSoftware & Design 15 March 2008 0.5.4 Free Template:Proprietary ? ?
Light Alloy Velikanov Ilya 21 December 2001 Template:Latest stable software release/Light Alloy Non-freeTrialware, USD$9.95 Template:Proprietary ? ?
MediaFrame Airlock Limited October 2004 Template:Latest stable software release/MediaFrame Free GPL ? ?
Media Center J. River July 2003 Template:Latest stable software release/Media Center Non-freeUSD$40.00 Template:Proprietary ? C++, SSE/MMX Assembly
Media Go Sony Creative Software Inc. 2009 1.2 Free Template:Proprietary ? ?
Media Player Classic Gabest 29 May 2003 Template:Latest stable software release/Media Player Classic Free GPL DirectShow C++
Media Player Classic Home Cinema Casimir666 29 March 2006 Template:Latest stable software release/Media Player Classic Home Cinema Free GPL DirectShow C++
Movist cocoable July 2007 26 June 2009 Free GPL FFmpeg Objective-C
MPlayer Árpád Gereöffy September 2000 Template:Latest stable software release/MPlayer Free GPL FFmpeg + original C99
Mplayerxp Guru Kas aka Nickols_K 2002 0.7.1/06.01.2009 Free GPL FFmpeg + original C99
Nemesis Player Michaël Cherubini 2007 Template:Latest stable software release/Nemesis Player Free GPL ? ?
NicePlayer Jay Tuley & Robert Chin June 2004 Template:Latest stable software release/NicePlayer Free GPL / MPL ? Objective-C
Ogle Chalmers University of Technology 1999 Template:Latest stable software release/Ogle Free GPL ? C
Passion audio player George Boudouris July 2002 Template:Latest stable software release/Passion Audio Player Free Template:Proprietary ? ?
PowerDVD Standard CyberLink 1996 Template:Latest stable software release/PowerDVD Non-freeUSD$49.95 Template:Proprietary ? ?
PowerDVD Deluxe CyberLink 1996 Template:Latest stable software release/PowerDVD Non-freeUSD$69.95 Template:Proprietary ? ?
PowerDVD Ultra CyberLink 1996 Template:Latest stable software release/PowerDVD Non-freeUSD$99.95 Template:Proprietary ? ?
QuickTime Basic Apple Inc. 2 December 1991 Template:Latest stable software release/QuickTime Free Template:Proprietary original Cocoa (on Mac OS X)
QuickTime Pro Apple Inc. 2 December 1991 Template:Latest stable software release/QuickTime Non-freeUSD$29.95 Template:Proprietary original Cocoa (on Mac OS X)
Quickview Pro Wolfgang Hesseler 1994 Template:Latest stable software release/Quickview Pro Non-freeUSD$23/$15 Template:Proprietary ? ?
Quintessential Player Paul Quinn 1997 Template:Latest stable software release/Quintessential Player Free Template:Proprietary ? ?
Radioactive Player Shady Industries 2005 1.0.1 Free Template:Proprietary ? ?
RadLight Basic RadLight  ? 4 Free Template:Proprietary ? ?
RadLight Pro RadLight  ? 4 Non-free€29.95 Template:Proprietary ? ?
RealPlayer Basic RealNetworks 1995 Template:Latest stable software release/RealPlayer Free Template:Proprietary ? ?
RealPlayer Plus RealNetworks 1995 Template:Latest stable software release/RealPlayer Non-freeUSD$19.99 Template:Proprietary ? ?
SimpleCenter Universal Electronics Inc. 2002–2003 Template:Latest stable software release/SimpleCenter Free Template:Proprietary ? ?
SMPlayer RVM 11 December 2006[generalnotes 5] 0.6.8 (2009-07-26) Free GPL MPlayer C++
The Core Media Player Basic CoreCodec Inc. June 2006 named "TCMP" Template:Latest stable software release/The Core Media Player Free Template:Proprietary ? ?
The Core Media Player Plus CoreCodec Inc. June 2006 named "TCMP" Template:Latest stable software release/The Core Media Player Non-freeUSD$9.95 Template:Proprietary ? ?
The Core Pocket Media Player Gabor Kovacs July 2004 named "BetaPlayer" 4.11 (2007-04-07) Free GPL FFmpeg + original C++
Totem Movie Player Totem Team July 2002 Template:Latest stable software release/Totem Free GPL GStreamer C
TrayPlayer @MAX software 21 June 2003 1.01b (2005-07-07) Free Template:Proprietary ? ?
Vidlizard Softdepia software agency December 2003 Template:Latest stable software release/Vidlizard Non-freeUSD$24.95 Template:Proprietary ? ?
VLC media player VideoLAN February 2000 Template:Latest stable release/VLC media player Free GPL FFmpeg + original C,C++
ViPlay URUSoft 1 December 2002 2.09 (2004-03-06) Free MPL ? Delphi
Winamp Lite/Full/Bundle Nullsoft June 1997 Template:Latest stable software release/Winamp Free Template:Proprietary ? ?
Winamp Pro Nullsoft June 1997 Template:Latest stable software release/Winamp Non-freeUSD$19.95 Template:Proprietary ? ?
Windows Media Player Microsoft November 1992 Template:Latest stable software release/Windows Media Player Included in Microsoft Windows. Template:Proprietary DirectShow C++ (COM)
WinDVD Gold Corel 1998 Template:Latest stable software release/WinDVD Non-freeUSD$39.95 Template:Proprietary ? ?
WinDVD Platinum Corel 1998 Template:Latest stable software release/WinDVD Non-freeUSD$59.95 Template:Proprietary ? ?
XBMC Media Center Team-XBMC October 2003 Template:Latest stable software release/XBMC Free GPL FFmpeg C++
XAnim Mark Podlipec 14 March 1999 2.80.1 (1999-03-21) Free Template:Proprietary ? C
xine xine Team 15 August 2000 Template:Latest stable software release/xine Free GPL FFmpeg + original C
Zoom Player Pro Inmatrix 31 December 2000 Template:Latest stable software release/ZoomPlayer Non-freeUSD$27.95 Template:Proprietary ? ?
Zoom Player WMV Pro Inmatrix 31 December 2000 Template:Latest stable software release/ZoomPlayer Non-freeUSD$35.95 Template:Proprietary ? ?
Name Author First public release date Stable version Cost Software license Based Framework Written in
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "FFmpeg's Hall of Shame". Ffmpeg.org. http://ffmpeg.org/shame.html. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  2. "FFmpeg issue entry for Effectmatrix". Roundup.ffmpeg.org. http://roundup.ffmpeg.org/roundup/ffmpeg/issue456. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  3. "Chroma's credit page". Chromaplayer.com. http://chromaplayer.com/support/credit/. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  4. Log of /trunk/ffplay.c[dead link]
  5. "The SMPlayer Project / SMPlayer first anniversary". Smplayer.berlios.de. http://smplayer.berlios.de/forums/viewtopic.php?id=528. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 

Operating system requirement

This section lists the operating systems on which the player works. There may be multiple versions a player, each one for a particular operating system.

Video player Windows Windows CE/Mobile Mac OS X iPhone Linux BSD Unix Solaris Other Unix DOS (FreeDOS, Dr-DOS) BeOS (Haiku, ZETA) OS/2 PSP
ALLPlayer Yes ? No ? No No No No No ? ? ?
E.M. Total Video Player Yes ? No ? No No No No No ? ? ?
ALShow Yes ? No ? No No No No No ? ? ?
AXMEDIS Yes ? Beta ? No No No No No ? ? ?
BS.Player Yes ? No ? No No No No No ? ? ?
Chroma No ? Yes ? No No No No No ? ? ?
CorePlayer Yes ? Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No ? ? ?
CrystalPlayer Yes ? No ? No No No No No ? ? ?
Elecard MPEG Player Yes ? No ? No No No No No ? ? ?
FFplay Yes Template:Yes (yellow) Yes (ffmpeg4iphone[osnotes 1]) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (PSP Media Player[osnotes 1])
Fusion Media Player Yes ? No ? No No No No No ? ? ?
GOM Player Yes ? No ? No No No No No ? ? ?
iTunes 2000/XP/Vista only ? Included Included No No No No No ? ? ?
jetAudio Yes ? No ? No No No No No ? ? ?
Kaffeine No ? No ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No ? ? ?
Kantaris Yes ? No ? No No No No No ? ? ?
KMPlayer Yes ?  ? ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? ? ? ?
K-Multimedia Player 2000/XP/Vista only[osnotes 2] No No No No No No No No No No No
LCPlayer Yes ? No ? No No No No No ? ? ?
Light Alloy Yes ? No ? No No No No No ? ? ?
MediaFrame Yes ? PPC native[osnotes 3] ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No ? ? ?
Media Center Yes ? No ? No No No No No ? ? ?
Media Go Yes No No No No No No No No No No ?
Media Player Classic Yes No No No No No No No No No No No
MPlayer Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Mplayerxp Yes ? No ? Yes Yes  ?  ? No ? ? ?
Nemesis Player Yes ? No ? No No No No No ? ? ?
NicePlayer No ? Yes ? No No No No No ? ? ?
Ogle No ? No ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No ? ? ?
QuickTime Yes ? Included ? No No No No No ? ? ?
Quickview pro 9x/ME only ? No ? Yes No No No Yes ? ? ?
Quintessential Player Yes ? No ? No No No No No ? ? ?
Radioactive Player Yes ? No ? No No No No No ? ? ?
RealPlayer Yes ? Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No ? ? ?
SimpleCenter Yes ? No ? No No No No No ? ? ?
SMPlayer Yes ? No ? Yes No No No No ? ? ?
Spider Player 2000/XP/Vista only ? No ? No No No No No ? ? ?
Totem Movie Player No ? No ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No ? ? ?
Vidlizard Yes ? No ? No No No No No ? ? ?
VLC Yes No[osnotes 4] Yes Yes[VLC4iphone 1] Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes ? ?
Winamp Yes ? Mac 9 ? Last version is a beta of 2.x No No No No ? ? ?
Windows Media Player Included ? Dropped (WMP9) ? No No Dropped (WMP6.3) No No ? ? ?
XBMC Yes ? Yes ? Yes No No No No ? ? ?
xine unmaintained ? WIP for 1.2 series ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No ? ? ?
Zoom Player Yes ? No ? No No No No No ? ? ?
Video player Windows Windows CE/Mobile Mac OS X iPhone Linux BSD Unix Solaris Other Unix DOS (FreeDOS, Dr-DOS) BeOS (Haiku, ZETA) OS/2 PSP
  1. "VLC media player for iPhone". Zodttd.com. 2009-10-20. http://www.zodttd.com/wiki/index.php/Vlc4iphone. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  1. 1.0 1.1 not merged
  2. Not guarantted to work on for Windows 2000.
  3. Might be usable with Rosetta.
  4. "VLC media player for WinCE / PocketPC". Videolan.org. 2008-09-17. http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-wince.html. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 

Features

Video player Outbound streaming Skinnable Media database Gapless audio decoding Visualizer Remote controllable Intelligent playlists from database (based on criteria)
ALLPlayer Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No
ALShow Yes Yes No No No No No
AXMEDIS Yes Yes Yes No No No No
BS.Player Yes Yes Yes No No Yes ?
E.M. Total Video Player No Yes No No Yes No ?
Chroma No No No No No Yes No
CorePlayer Yes Yes No No No No Yes
Elecard MPEG Player No No No No No Yes No
FFplay ? No No ? Yes No No
GOM Player Yes Yes No No No Yes No
iTunes Yes Partial[1] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
jetAudio Partial[1] Yes Yes ? Yes Yes ?
Kaffeine Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
Kantaris No No No Yes Yes No No
KMPlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
K-Multimedia Player Yes Yes Yes No[featurenotes 1] Yes Yes No
Totem Movie Player No No No No Yes No No
Light Alloy No Yes No No No Yes No
MediaFrame Yes Yes No ? ? ? No
Media Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Media Go No No Yes No No No SensMe
Media Player Classic No No No No No Yes No
MPlayer Yes Yes No No No Yes No
Mplayerxp Yes No Yes No No No No
NicePlayer No No No No No Yes No
PowerDVD ? Yes ? ? Yes ? ?
QuickTime Partial[featurenotes 2] Partial[featurenotes 3] No Yes No Yes No
Quintessential Player Partial[1] Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ?
Quickview pro No text-interface No Yes No No No
Radioactive Player No Yes Yes No Yes Yes ?
RealPlayer No Yes Yes No Yes ? Yes
SMPlayer ? Yes ? ? ? ? ?
Vidlizard No Yes No Yes No Yes No
VLC Yes Yes yes, not Mac No Yes Yes No
Winamp Partial[1] Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[1] Yes[featurenotes 4]
Windows Media Player Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
XBMC Yes[featurenotes 5] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
xine No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Zoom Player Yes Yes Yes No No Yes ?
Video playback Outbound streaming Skinnable Media database Gapless audio decoding Visualizer Remote controllable Intelligent playlists from database (based on criteria)
Video player Color Controls Time Stretching Pitch Shifting A-B Repeat Audio Resync Subtitle Resync Chapter (dvd, mkv, mp4, ogm) Bookmark (dvd, video, audio) Auto Resume (dvd, video, audio) Shutdown on play complete
ALLPlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ALShow Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
BS.Player Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chroma Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No No No
CorePlayer Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
E.M. Total Video Player Yes No No Yes No No Yes No No No
Elecard MPEG Player Yes No No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
FFplay No No No No ? No No No No Yes
GOM Player Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
iTunes No Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes No
jetAudio ? ? Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes ? Yes
Kaffeine Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
KMPlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
K-Multimedia Player Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Some[featurenotes 6] Yes Yes
Light Alloy ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MediaFrame ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Media Center Yes Yes[featurenotes 7] Yes[featurenotes 7] No ? ? Yes Yes Yes No
Media Go No No No No No No No No No No
Media Player Classic Yes No No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
MPlayer Yes Yes Yes[featurenotes 8] Yes[featurenotes 8] Yes Yes Partial No No Yes
Mplayerxp Yes Yes Yes[featurenotes 8] Yes[featurenotes 8] Yes Yes Partial No No Yes
NicePlayer No No No Yes No No Yes No No Partial
PowerDVD Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes Yes Yes ?
QuickTime Yes Yes Yes Yes[featurenotes 9] ? ? Yes ? ? No
Quintessential Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Quickview pro ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Radioactive Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
RealPlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
SMPlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes[featurenotes 10] Yes Yes Partial ? Yes Yes
Totem Movie Player Yes No No No No No Yes No Yes No
Vidlizard ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes
VLC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Winamp No Yes Yes ? ? ? ? Yes ? ?
Windows Media Player Yes Yes No No No No DVD Only No ? No
WinDVD Yes Yes No Yes ? ? Yes No Yes ?
XBMC Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
xine Yes Audio plugin No No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Zoom Player Yes No No Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Video player Color Controls Time Stretching Pitch Shifting A-B Repeat Audio Resync Subtitle Resync Chapter (dvd, mkv, mp4, ogm) Bookmark (dvd, video, audio) Auto Resume (dvd, video, audio) Shutdown on play complete
  1. "gapless mp3 playback - The KMPlayer's Forums". Kmplayer.com. http://www.kmplayer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=138. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  2. Available with QuickTime Streaming Server.
  3. Only the media creator can create skins.
  4. through media library in "modern" skin
  5. XBMC (XBoxMediaCenter) has a built-in UPnP AV MediaServer, FTP-server (based on FileZilla), and a web server (however the web-server is mainly designed for remote control and not for streaming, but it can be used for streaming with some small modifications any user can make)
  6. Bookmarks are limited to 20 files and are stored with absolute paths, which renders them inaccessible when files are moved
  7. 7.0 7.1 For Audio files only.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Pitch-shifting and AB-Repeat are not included in Mplayer's interactive keyboard controls, but can be set up via command line parameters. Mplayer manual
  9. www.apple.com/quicktime/pro/ - A-B repeat using Play Selection Only command
  10. As of SVN 3349

Video format capability

Information about what video formats the players understand. Footnotes lead to information about capabilities of future versions of the players or plugins/filters that provide such functionality.

Video player MPEG-1 MPEG-2 MPEG-4 ASP (MPEG-4 Part 2) MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) (MPEG-4 Part 10) WMV RealVideo Theora Flash Dirac Snow
ALLPlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
E.M. Total Video Player Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
ALShow Yes Yes Yes ? Yes No No No ? ?
AXMEDIS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes ? ?
BS.Player Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Yes Partial[3] Partial[2] Yes ? ?
Chroma Yes Yes Yes Partial Partial No Partial No ? ?
CorePlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes ? ?
Elecard MPEG Player Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[3] Partial[2] Partial[3] ? ?
FFplay Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[videonotes 1] Yes
GOM Player Yes Partial[2] Yes Partial[2] Yes Partial[3] Partial[2] Yes ? ?
iTunes Yes Partial[videonotes 2] Yes Yes Partial[4] No Partial[5] Yes ? ?
jetAudio Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Yes Partial[3] Partial[2] Yes ? ?
Kantaris Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes ? ?
KMPlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
K-Multimedia Player Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[2] Yes Yes Yes Yes
Light Alloy Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Yes Partial[3] Partial[2] No ? ?
MediaFrame Yes No Yes No No No No No ? ?
Media Center Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes No Yes ? ?
Media Player Classic Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[3] Yes Partial[3] ? ?
MPlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mplayerxp Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
NicePlayer Yes Partial[videonotes 2] Yes Yes Partial[4] No Partial[5] Yes ? ?
QuickTime Yes Partial[videonotes 2] Yes Yes Partial[4] No Partial[5] Yes ? ?
Quintessential Player Yes No No No Yes No No No ? ?
Quickview pro Yes Yes Yes ? No No No No ? ?
Radioactive Player Yes Yes Partial[2] ? Yes Partial[3] Partial[2] Yes ? ?
RealPlayer Yes Yes Partial[2] Partial[2] Yes Yes Partial[1] Yes ? ?
SMPlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ?
Totem Movie Player Yes[6] Yes[6] Yes[6] Yes[6] Yes[6] Yes[6] Yes[6] No Yes[6] ?
VLC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Template:Yes (yellow) (with Dlls, or Partial)[7] Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vidlizard Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Yes Partial[3] Partial[2] No ? ?
Winamp Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Yes Partial[3] Partial[2] Yes ? ?
Windows Media Player Yes Yes Partial[2] Partial[2] Yes Partial[3] Partial[2] Yes ? ?
XBMC Yes Yes Yes Yes[videonotes 3] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
xine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ?
Zoom Player Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Yes Partial[3] Partial[2] Partial[3] ? ?
Video player MPEG-1 MPEG-2 MPEG-4 ASP (MPEG-4 Part 2) MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) (MPEG-4 Part 10) WMV RealVideo Theora Flash Dirac Snow
  1. with external library
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The playing compatibility depends on the availability of MPEG2 component for Quicktime.
  3. XBMC running on Linux, Mac and Windows plays MPEG-4 ASP and H.264. Because of the relatively 'slow' Intel Pentium III 733 MHz processor inside the Xbox, the Xbox version of XBMC is limited to decoding 480x576 resolution H.264 video encoded without CABAC and deblocking, or 352x288 resolution MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) video encoded with CABAC and deblocking. As the FFmpeg-based codec is optimized further, XBMC on Xbox might be able to decode MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) at 720x480 resolution on the Xbox hardware, but probably not higher than that.[citation needed]

Audio format capability

Information about what audio formats the players understand. Footnotes lead to information about capabilities of future versions of the players or plugins/filters that provide such functionality.

Video player Lossy compression Lossless compression
MP3 WMA RealAudio Vorbis Musepack AAC AC3 APE FLAC ALAC SHN WV
ALLPlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ALShow Yes Yes Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2]
AXMEDIS Yes Yes Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2]
E.M. Total Video Player Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
BS.Player Yes Yes Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2]
CorePlayer Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Elecard MPEG Player Yes Yes Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Yes Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2]
FFplay Yes Partial[audionotes 1] Partial[audionotes 1] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GOM Player Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No No No
Herrie Yes No No Yes No No No No Yes No No No
iTunes Yes yes, no DRM No Partial[5] No Yes No No Partial[5] Yes No No
jetAudio Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Kantaris Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
KMPlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
K-Multimedia Player Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[2] Yes
Light Alloy Yes Yes Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2]
MediaFrame Yes No No No No Yes No No No No No No
Media Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Media Player Classic Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[2] Yes Yes Partial[2] Yes Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2]
MPlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mplayerxp Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
NicePlayer Yes Partial[4] No Partial[5] Partial[1] Yes Partial[1] No Partial[5] Yes Partial[1] Partial[1]
QuickTime Yes Partial[4] No Partial[5] No Yes Partial[1] No Partial[5] Yes No No
Quickview pro Yes No No Yes No No No No No No No No
Quintessential Player Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No Partial[1] Partial[1] No No Partial[1]
QuuxPlayer Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
Radioactive Player Yes Yes No Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] No No Partial[2]
RealPlayer Yes Yes Yes Partial[1] No Yes No No No No No No
SMPlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Spider Player Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Totem Movie Player Yes[6] Yes[6] Yes[6] Yes[6] Yes[6] Yes[6] Yes[6] Yes[6] Yes[6] Yes[6] Yes[6] Yes[6]
Vidlizard Yes Yes Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2]
VLC Yes Yes Template:Yes (yellow) (with Dlls, or Partial)[7] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Winamp Yes Yes Partial[2] Yes Partial[8] Yes Partial[8] Partial[8] Yes Partial[8] Partial[8] Partial[8]
Windows Media Player Yes Yes Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2]
XBMC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
xine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Zoom Player Yes Yes Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2]
Video player MP3 WMA RealAudio Vorbis Musepack AAC AC3 APE FLAC ALAC SHN WV
  1. 1.0 1.1 can't understand some codecs

Container format capability

Information about what container formats the players understand. Footnotes lead to information about capabilities of future versions of the players or filters that provide such functionality.

Video player AVI ASF QuickTime (MOV) Ogg OGM Matroska MP4 MPEG-21 NUT FLV
ALLPlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ALShow Yes Yes Yes Vorbis only Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
AXMEDIS Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes ? Yes
BS.Player Yes Yes Partial[3] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] ? ? Yes
Chroma Yes Partial Yes No Partial Partial Partial ? ? ?
CorePlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes
Elecard MPEG Player Yes Yes Partial[3] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Yes ? ? ?
FFplay Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes
GOM Player Yes Yes Yes Vorbis only Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes
iTunes No[containernotes 1] Win: yes
Mac: file is parsable
Yes Partial[5] No No Yes ? ? ?
jetAudio Yes Yes Partial[3] Vorbis only Yes Yes Partial[2] ? ? ?
Kantaris Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
KMPlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes
K-Multimedia Player Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes
Light Alloy Yes Yes Partial[3] Yes Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] ? ? ?
MediaFrame No No No Vorbis only No No AAC only ? ? ?
Media Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes
Media Player Classic Yes Yes Yes Vorbis only Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes
MPlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes
Mplayerxp Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes
NicePlayer Yes Partial[4] Yes Partial[5] Partial[containernotes 2] Yes[9] Yes ? ? ?
QuickTime Yes Partial[4] Yes Partial[5] No Yes[9] Yes ? ? ?
Quickview pro Yes No Yes No No No ? ? ? ?
Quintessential Player Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
Radioactive Player Yes Yes No Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] No ? ? ?
RealPlayer Yes Yes Yes Partial[1] Partial[1] No Yes ? ? ?
E.M. Total Video Player Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Totem Movie Player Yes[6] Yes[6] Yes[6] Yes[6] Yes[6] Yes[6] Yes[6] ? ? Yes[6]
Vidlizard Yes Yes Partial[3] Yes Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] ? ? ?
VLC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Winamp Yes Yes Partial[3] Vorbis only Partial[2] Partial[2] Yes ? ? ?
Windows Media Player Yes Yes Partial[3] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] ? ? Yes
XBMC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
xine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes
Zoom Player Yes Yes Partial[3] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] Partial[2] ? ? ?
Video player AVI ASF QuickTime Ogg OGM Matroska MP4 MPEG-21 NUT FLV
  1. A hack allows playback.
  2. PPC only plugin to NicePlayer that adds the Xine engine for video playback.

Scalable, composite and emulation format capabilities

Video player Flash RealPix QuickTime Video Effects in mov HTML+TIME(+VML) Silverlight smil/smi SVG MIDI(smf) MIDI(kar) MIDI(xmf) MIDI(rmi) MIDI(xmi) NSF SPC PSF
ALLPlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
ALShow ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
AXMEDIS ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
BS.Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Chroma ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
CorePlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Elecard MPEG Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
FFplay Partial No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
GOM Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
iTunes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
jetAudio ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Kantaris ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
KMPlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
K-Multimedia Player Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Light Alloy ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MediaFrame ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Media Center ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Media Player Classic Partial ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MPlayer Partial ? ? ? ? Partial ? Template:Yes (yellow)(via xmms-plugins) ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Mplayerxp Partial ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
NicePlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
QuickTime ? ? Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Quickview pro ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Quintessential Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Radioactive Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
RealPlayer ? Yes ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Totem Movie Player Partial ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Vidlizard ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
VLC Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes[compositenotes 1] ? ? ? ? Yes Yes ?
Winamp ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Template:Yes (yellow) (plugin) Template:Yes (yellow) (plugin) Template:Yes (yellow) (plugin)
Windows Media Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
XBMC ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
xine ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Zoom Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Video player Flash RealPix QuickTime Video Effects in mov HTML+TIME(+VML) Silverlight smil/smi SVG MIDI(smf) MIDI(kar) MIDI(xmf) MIDI(rmi) MIDI(xmi) NSF SPC PSF
  1. Tested only on Mac OS X

Protocol capabilities

Information about which internet protocols the players understand, for receiving streaming media content. Footnotes lead to information about capabilities of future versions of the players or plugins that provide such functionality.

General

Video player HTTP HTTPS FTP RTSP (RTSPU, RTSPT) MMS (MMSU, MMST) RTMP Netstream (mpst://) Podcasting PeerCast RDT TCP UDP SCTP Gopher SFTP NFS SMB/CIFS PNA (pnm://, pna://) RTP


ALLPlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
ALShow Yes ? ? No Yes ? ? No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Amarok Yes ? ? Yes Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
aTunes Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
AXMEDIS Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
BS.Player Yes ? ? No Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
CorePlayer Yes ? ? Yes No ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Elecard MPEG Player Yes ? ? Yes No ? ? No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
FFplay Yes No No Yes No Yes No No No No Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Yes
GOM Player Yes ? ? No Yes ? ? No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
iTunes Yes ? ? Yes No ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
jetAudio Yes ? ? No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Kantaris Yes ? ? Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
KMPlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
K-Multimedia Player Yes ? ? Yes Yes ? ? No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Light Alloy ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MediaFrame Yes ? ? Yes No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Media Center Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Media Player Classic Yes ? ? No Yes ? ? No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MPlayer Yes ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Template:Yes (yellow)(optional) ? Yes
Mplayerxp Yes No Yes No Yes No No No No No No Yes No No No ? No Yes Yes
NicePlayer Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Quod Libet Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
QuickTime Yes ? ? Yes No ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Quintessential Player Yes ? ? Yes Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Radioactive Player No ? ? No No ? ? No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
RealPlayer Yes ? ? Yes Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ?
Totem Movie Player Yes ? ? Yes Yes ? ? No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Vidlizard No ? ? No No ? ? No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
VLC media player Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes
Winamp Yes ? ? No Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Windows Media Player Yes ? ? Yes Dropped
(WMP10)
? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
XBMC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? Yes Yes ? ? Yes Yes Yes ? Yes
xine Yes ? ? Yes Yes ? ? No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
XMMS Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Zoom Player Yes ? ? No Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Video player HTTP HTTPS FTP RTSP (RTSPU, RTSPT) MMS (MMSU, MMST) RTMP Netstream (mpst://) Podcasting PeerCast RDT TCP UDP SCTP Gopher SFTP NFS SMB/CIFS PNA (pnm://, pna://) RTP

Other

Video player DAAP DMAP DPAP EsounD protocol PulseAudio Simple protocol PulseAudio Native protocol DLNA
ALLPlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
ALShow ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Amarok ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
aTunes ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
AXMEDIS ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
BS.Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
CorePlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Elecard MPEG Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
FFplay No No No No No No No
GOM Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
iTunes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
jetAudio ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Kantaris ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
KMPlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
K-Multimedia Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Light Alloy ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MediaFrame ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Media Center ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Media Player Classic ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MPlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Mplayerxp No No No No No No ?
NicePlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Quod Libet ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
QuickTime ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Quintessential Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Radioactive Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
RealPlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Totem Movie Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Vidlizard ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
VLC media player ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Winamp ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Windows Media Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
XBMC Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes Yes
xine ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
XMMS ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Zoom Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Video player DAAP DMAP DPAP EsounD protocol PulseAudio Simple protocol PulseAudio Native protocol DLNA

Playlist format capability

Information about which playlist formats the players understand.

Video player asx/wax/wvx m3u/m3u8 pls xspf ram/rmm sdp rpl xpl
ALLPlayer No Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ?
ALShow Yes No No No ? ? ? ?
BS.Player Yes Yes Yes No ? ? ? ?
Chroma ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
CorePlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Elecard MPEG Player No Yes No No ? ? ? ?
FFplay No No No No No No No No
GOM Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
iTunes No No No No ? ? ? ?
jetAudio ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Kantaris ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
KMPlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
K-Multimedia Player Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? ?
Light Alloy ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MediaFrame ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Media Center ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Media Player Classic ? Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ?
MPlayer Yes Yes Yes No ? ? ? ?
Mplayerxp Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
NicePlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
QuickTime ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Quickview pro ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Quintessential Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Radioactive Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
RealPlayer ? ? Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Totem Movie Player Yes ? Yes Yes ? ? ? ?
Vidlizard ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
VLC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ?
Winamp Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ?
Windows Media Player Yes Yes No ? ? ? ? ?
XBMC ? Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ?
xine ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Zoom Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Video player asx/wax/wvx m3u8 pls xspf ram/rmm sdp rpl xpl

Subtitle capability

Information about what subtitle formats the players understand. Footnotes lead to information about capabilities of future versions of the players or filters that provide such functionality.

Video player Bitmap Text Bitmap Text
VobSub (.idx+.sub) SubStation Alpha (.ssa+.ass) SubRip (.srt) SAMI (.smi) RealText (.rt) MicroDVD (.sub) SubViewer (.sub) Text file[subtitlenotes 1] (.txt) PowerDivx (.psb) Universal Subtitle Format (.usf) Structured Subtitle Format (.ssf) XSUB (.divx embedded subtitles) DVB subtitles DVD subtitles PGS (.sup) Closed captioning
ALLPlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes ? ? ? ?
ALShow Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes ? No No No No ? ? ? ?
BS.Player Yes Partial[subtitlenotes 2] Yes Yes[subtitlenotes 3] No Yes Yes Yes Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[2] ? ? ? ?
Chroma Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No ? ? ? ?
CorePlayer No No No No No No No No No No No No ? ? ? ?
Elecard MPEG Player No No No No No No No No No No No No ? ? ? ?
FFplay No No No No No No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
GOM Player Yes Partial[subtitlenotes 2] Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No ? ? ? ?
iTunes No No No No No No No No No No No No ? ? ? ?
jetAudio No Partial[subtitlenotes 2] Yes No No Yes ? No Yes Yes No No ? ? ? ?
Kantaris Yes Partial[subtitlenotes 2] Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No No ? ? ? ?
KMPlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
K-Multimedia Player Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[2] ? ? ? ?
Light Alloy Yes Partial[subtitlenotes 2] Yes No No Yes ? No No No No No ? ? ? ?
Media Center No No No No No No No No No No No No ? ? ? ?
MediaFrame No No No No No No No No No No No No ? ? ? ?
Media Player Classic Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[3] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[2] ? ? ? ?
MPlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No ? ? ? ?
Mplayerxp Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No ? ? ? ?
NicePlayer No Partial[subtitlenotes 2] Yes No No Yes No No No No No No ? ? ? ?
QuickTime No Yes[9] Yes[9] No No No No No No No No No ? ? ? ?
Quickview pro No Partial[subtitlenotes 2] Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No ? ? ? ?
Quintessential Player No No No No No No No No No No No No ? ? ? ?
Radioactive Player No No No No No No No No No No No No ? ? ? ?
RealPlayer Yes[1] No Yes[1] Yes Yes Yes[1] ? Yes[1] No No No No ? ? ? ?
The Core Media Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
Totem Movie Player Yes Partial[subtitlenotes 2] Yes No No ? ? ? No No No No ? ? ? ?
Vidlizard Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] No Yes[subtitlenotes 3] No Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[2] ? ? ? ?
VLC media player Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No[10] Yes
Winamp Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] No Yes[subtitlenotes 3] No Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[2] ? ? ? ?
Windows Media Player Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] No Yes[subtitlenotes 3] No Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[2] ? ? ? ?
XBMC Yes Partial[subtitlenotes 2] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No[subtitlenotes 4] No[subtitlenotes 4] No[subtitlenotes 4] Yes ? ? ? ?
xine[subtitlenotes 5] Yes Partial[subtitlenotes 2] Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No No ? ? ? ?
Zoom Player Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] No Yes[subtitlenotes 3] No Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[subtitlenotes 3] Yes[2] ? ? ? ?
Video player VobSub (.idx+.sub) SubStation Alpha (.ssa+.ass) SubRip (.srt) Sami (.smi) RealText (.rt) MicroDVD (.sub) SubViewer (.sub) TXT (.txt) PowerDivx (.psb) Universal Subtitle Format (.usf) Structured Subtitle Format (.ssf) XSUB (.divx embedded subtitles) DVB subtitles DVD subtitles PGS (.sup) Closed captioning
  1. This player can open files with the extension .txt, but those could contain any script language. So there is no guarantee it will play it.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 This player understands some of the formatting data from SSA/ASS (at most coloring but no positioning, animation, typesetting etc.), but some players could understand the rest of it by using VSFilter as external subtitle filter instead of the built-in one.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 3.29 3.30 3.31 3.32 3.33 3.34 3.35 3.36 3.37 3.38 3.39 For Windows, one can add the ability to use many subtitle formats by installing VSFilter or ffdshow.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 XBMC (XBoxMediaCenter) uses the subtitle library / source code from MPlayer so when/if MPlayer can display these subtitles then XBMC will soon be able to display them too.
  5. "FAQ | Kaffeine - KDE Media Player". Kaffeine FAQ. http://kaffeine.kde.org/?q=faq#question9. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 

Metadata capability

Information about what metadata, or tagging, formats the players understand. Most other containers have their own metadata format and the players usually use them. Footnotes lead to information about capabilities of future versions of the players or plugins that provide such functionality.

Video player ID3v1 ID3v2 APEv2 tag Vorbis comment AMF ASF metadata MOV metadata Cue sheet CD-Text
ALLPlayer Yes Yes No No ? ? ? No No
Alpha2Player Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? No ?
ALShow Yes Yes No Yes ? ? ? No ?
BS.Player Yes Yes No No ? ? ? ? Yes
Cog Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes ?
CorePlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes ?
Elecard MPEG Player No No No No ? ? ? No No
FFplay Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
GOM Player No No No No ? ? ? ? ?
iTunes Yes Yes No ? ? ? Yes ? Yes
jetAudio Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
Kantaris Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? Yes
KMPlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
K-Multimedia Player Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes
Light Alloy ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MediaFrame No No No ? ? ? ? ? ?
Media Center Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes
Media Player Classic Yes No ? Partial ? ? ? ? ?
MPlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[metadatanotes 1] ?
Mplayerxp Yes Yes No Yes ? ? ? No No
NicePlayer No No No ? ? ? ? ? ?
QuickTime Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Quintessential Player Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? ?
Radioactive Player Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
RealPlayer Yes Yes ? No ? ? ? Yes
Totem Movie Player Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ?
Vidlizard Yes Yes No No ? ? ? ? ?
VLC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes
Winamp Yes Yes Partial[metadatanotes 2] Yes ? ? ? Partial[1] Yes
Windows Media Player Yes Partial[metadatanotes 3] ? No ? Yes ? No ?
XBMC Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes ?
xine Yes Partial[metadatanotes 4] ? Yes ? ? ? ? ?
Zoom Player Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? ?
Video player ID3v1 ID3v2 APEv2 tag Vorbis comment AMF ASF metadata MOV metadata Cue sheet CD-Text
  1. MPlayer can read .cue files with cue:// type URL, but has problems, see Talk:Cue sheet (computing)#mplayer have more faults
  2. Winamp relies on the tagging of its decoder. Replacing the standard decoder with an APEv2 capable one is possible.
  3. ID3 V2.4 not supported (even on Windows Media Player 12).
  4. Displays basic ID3v1 / ID3v2 / Ogg Vorbis tags

Optical media capability

Information about what kinds of optical discs the players can play. Footnotes lead to information about capabilities of future versions of the players or plugins that provide such functionality. Playback of Super Audio CD is not possible for any media player, because no suitable hardware exists. All media players capable of audio CD playback will also play the Redbook core of any HDCD disc, providing no sound-quality benefits over standard audio CDs.

Video player Audio Video
CD DVD-Audio HDCD VCD SVCD DVD Blu-ray HD DVD
ALLPlayer Yes ? ? ? ? Yes ? ?
ALShow Yes No No ? ? Yes No ?
BS.Player Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No ?
Chroma No No No No No Yes No ?
CorePlayer No No No No No No No ?
Elecard MPEG Player No No No No No No No ?
FFplay No No No No No No No No
GOM Player Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No ?
E.M. Total Video Player Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No ?
iTunes Yes No No No No No No ?
jetAudio Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No ?
Kantaris Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No ?
KMPlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
K-Multimedia Player Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No ?
Light Alloy Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No ?
MediaFrame No No No No No No No ?
Media Center Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Media Player Classic Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No ?
MPlayer Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No ?
Mplayerxp Yes No No Yes Yes Yes ? ?
NicePlayer No No No Yes Yes Yes No ?
Ogle No No No No No Yes No ?
QuickTime Yes No No Yes Yes No No ?
Quickview pro Yes No No Yes No No No ?
Quintessential Player Yes No No No No No No ?
Radioactive Player No No No No No No No ?
RealPlayer Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No ?
TotalMedia Theatre Yes ? ? ? ? Yes Yes ?
Totem Movie Player Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No ?
Vidlizard Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No ?
VLC Yes No No Yes Partial[opticalmedianotes 1] Yes No ?
Winamp Yes No Yes No No No No ?
Windows Media Player Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No ?
XBMC Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No
xine Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No ?
Zoom Player Yes No No Yes No Yes No ?
Video player CD DVD-Audio HDCD VCD SVCD DVD Blu-ray HD DVD
Audio Video
  1. Handling still frames and switching between different video formats is problematic.

See also

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 Plugin available.
  2. 2.000 2.001 2.002 2.003 2.004 2.005 2.006 2.007 2.008 2.009 2.010 2.011 2.012 2.013 2.014 2.015 2.016 2.017 2.018 2.019 2.020 2.021 2.022 2.023 2.024 2.025 2.026 2.027 2.028 2.029 2.030 2.031 2.032 2.033 2.034 2.035 2.036 2.037 2.038 2.039 2.040 2.041 2.042 2.043 2.044 2.045 2.046 2.047 2.048 2.049 2.050 2.051 2.052 2.053 2.054 2.055 2.056 2.057 2.058 2.059 2.060 2.061 2.062 2.063 2.064 2.065 2.066 2.067 2.068 2.069 2.070 2.071 2.072 2.073 2.074 2.075 2.076 2.077 2.078 2.079 2.080 2.081 2.082 2.083 2.084 2.085 2.086 2.087 2.088 2.089 2.090 2.091 2.092 2.093 2.094 2.095 2.096 2.097 2.098 2.099 2.100 2.101 2.102 2.103 2.104 2.105 2.106 2.107 2.108 2.109 2.110 2.111 2.112 2.113 2.114 2.115 2.116 2.117 2.118 2.119 2.120 2.121 2.122 2.123 2.124 2.125 2.126 2.127 2.128 2.129 2.130 2.131 2.132 2.133 2.134 2.135 2.136 2.137 2.138 2.139 2.140 2.141 2.142 2.143 2.144 2.145 2.146 2.147 2.148 2.149 2.150 2.151 2.152 2.153 2.154 2.155 2.156 2.157 2.158 2.159 2.160 2.161 2.162 2.163 2.164 2.165 2.166 2.167 2.168 The playing compatibility depends on the availability of DirectShow filters.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 The playing compatibility of Media Player depends on the availability of DirectShow, QuickTime, RealMedia and Shockwave filters. There are two distributions known as QuickTime Alternative and Real Alternative which bundle the required QuickTime and RealPlayer components without the need to install the corresponding players.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 The playing compatibility depends on the availability of WMV Player component for Quicktime.
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 3rd party plugins are available. The Xiph QuickTime Components allow any QuickTime application to parse Ogg files and play Vorbis, FLAC (Doesn't work with FLAC containers), Speex, and Theora.
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 6.17 6.18 6.19 6.20 6.21 6.22 6.23 6.24 6.25 6.26 6.27 Available through a Gstreamer plugin.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Partial native decoding an all platforms since 0.9.9. Windows and Linux can also decode through Real Dlls[citation needed]
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Available via plugins that can be automatically downloaded during installation
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 The open source Perian plug-in adds the ability to use many video formats and codecs to QuickTime. It also adds the ability to use SubRip and SubStation Alpha subtitles.
  10. Works in VLC 1.1 development versions

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