Zoom Player is the most Powerful, Flexible and Customizable Media Player application for the Windows PC platform. Based on our highly-touted Smart Play technology, more media formats play with less hassle, improved stability and greater performance.
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Mostly Positive (41 reviews) - 70% of the 41 user reviews for this software are positive.
Release Date: Apr 4, 2014

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August 29

Announcing Zoom Player v12.5

Hi Everyone,

In this version, we completed the JukeBox support, added more eye candy, enhanced the user experience and fixed bugs.

Some highlights:
- The media library's TV JukeBox mode is now fully functional and looking great.
- New media icons that list the Format, Video Codec, Video Resolution, Audio Codec and Audio Channels.
- New User Interface & User Experience customization options.
- Many bug fixes.

The complete list of features, enhancements and bug fixes :
http://inmatrix.com/files/zoomplayer_whatsnew.shtml

And please help support the project & team on Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/zoomplayer

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June 26

Announcing Zoom Player v12.1

Hi Everyone,

This version includes enhanced kinetic scrolling, more x-input button support (XBOX 360/ONE controllers), more media library customization features and plenty of tweaks & important bug fixes!

The complete change list from version 12 can be found here:
http://inmatrix.com/files/zoomplayer_whatsnew.shtml

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About This Software

Zoom Player is a Powerful, Flexible and Highly Customizable Media Player and Media Center software for the Windows PC platform. Using our Smart Play technology, more media formats play with less hassle, improved stability and greater performance. Zoom Player's fullscreen navigation interface is based on a simple 5-Key system (up/down/left/right/select). The 5-key system is suitable for easy access and navigation by novices and experts alike.

Dedicated support staff & documentation

With Zoom Player, you are not only getting a professional quality software, but also tech support from fans, QA personal and access to the development and art team.

To top it off, Zoom Player's documentation is unparallelled in scope, every feature is explained in great detail, the vast number of customization features are easily searchable through the options dialog search feature and selected features are shown & automatically highlighted.

Main Features

  • A polished user interface (check the screenshots!) with no bloat!
  • The User-Interface is customizable to the extreme with hundreds of settings that control every aspect of the user experience.
  • Use the XBOX 360 controller (or compatible devices) as a remote control with custom functions assignable to buttons and thumb sticks.
  • Over 300 functions, assignable to keyboard keys, mouse buttons, remote control buttons or controller buttons and thumb sticks.
  • Hardware accelerated video Decoding & DeInterlacing (DXVA, CUDA, QuickSync).
  • Hardware, GPU based high-quality image upscaling algorithms (Bicubic, Lanczos, Jinc), maxing out high-end gaming cards for best-in-class video image quality.
  • Digital Audio output over S/PDIF & HDMI Bit-Streaming to external receivers/amps.
  • An Install Center application which makes life easy by keeping decoding components consistently up to date (optional).
  • A fullscreen navigation interface, easily upgrading the PC into a full Home Theater experience or for use on touch-screen tablets.
  • A Command & Control API that works over TCP/IP (the internet), COM or WinAPI, providing access to custom mods you can create yourself.
  • Decrypted Blu-Ray Movie playback with Subtitle support.
  • Video Wall (Span a single video across multiple monitors).
  • Scene-Cut (Dynamic, Virtual Audio/Video editing).
  • Non-Linear 16:9 (widescreen) / 4:3 (fullscreen) video scaling.
  • Video Orbiting (Prevents screen-burns by slowly moving the video image every few seconds).
  • HTML, Flash and QuickTime Interactivity (Browse content from within Zoom Player, bypassing standard media controls).
  • Create custom Mobile-Phone RingTones from playing media.
  • GuardDog (Automatically restart Zoom Player if the player becomes unresponsive).
  • All popular formats are supported : H.264, XVID, DIVX, DVD, Blu-Ray, FLV, WMV, QuickTime, MPEG 1/2/4, MP3, AAC, DTS, Dolby Digital, FLAC and many more including the recent ones such as Dolby-TrueHD, WebM, OPUS, etc...
  • Click here for the complete feature list.

Note: The latest version of DirectX is recommended but not mandatory. We suspect most of you have updated already and we simply did not want to burden you with a bloated download. If you feel it is finally time to upgrade to the latest DirectX, click here.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 98
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 80 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Be aware that browsers using hardware accelerated page rendering can interfere with the smoothness of media playback on lower end systems.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or newer
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 120 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: For the best post-processing quality (scaling, smooth motion), a powerful GPU combined with the MadVR video rendering plug-in is recommended. For additional motion smoothness, use a monitor with a high refresh rate.
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437 of 547 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 5, 2014
Does not play normal Blu Ray movies. That is to say, you can't buy a Blu Ray movie, put it in your Blu Ray drive, and play it with this media player. A complete waste of money, as it just uses the FFMPEG codecs. VLC is an easy replacement for this.
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69 of 90 people (77%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2015
Does not play blu-ray even though it says it does,

"All popular formats are supported : H.264, XVID, DIVX, DVD, Blu-Ray, FLV, WMV, QuickTime, MPEG 1/2/4, MP3, AAC, DTS, Dolby Digital, FLAC and many more including the recent ones such as Dolby-TrueHD, WebM, OPUS, etc..."

Either fix this or refund me!
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50 of 65 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 14, 2015
This player cannot play legally-owned store-bought blu-ray discs.
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28 of 42 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
I just wasted $30 on this, runs only a few formats that I can't seem to find or convert my videos into but on the bright side found freeware that works even better while searching,

Uninstall and never look back
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
181.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2014
For a Media player that replaces the use of multiple programs to handle a variety of formats, I am satisfied with this. I waited for the summer sale price to try it out and would recommend this.

The only negative I came across is the menu system takes a bit to get use to, Also the ability to at lease have Visualizations while music is playing seems to be lost to me…. still playing around with it.

9/10

Great, got it to work thanks to romulous [developer].
Step by step for others in the same spot,

• Ctrl+ O (or right click and select options/setup)
• Select “switch to advanced mode” (if you're not in already in it)
• From the drop menu on the left, select “playback”, “Audio”, and highlight “visualizations”. (Or just use the search feature at the bottom and input visualizations)
• Hit “Add”, and find the plugins you have on our PC.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2,022.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Zoom Player is a lazy geek's dreampipe media player that grabs the best worlds from popular media players like Kodi, MPC-HC, Tablet media apps like MC Player Pro, VLC and Winamp into one handy app that happly does everything you need to do regardless if you're on Windows desktop, or Win-HTPC or Win-Tablet. There no need to download multiple apps & codecs from various of websites when Zoom Player downloads all its components with a click of mouse inside the app.

Pros
  • Ability to sort out the episode/playlist correctly when watching a TV series from a Blu-Ray disk - Which alot of media players can't do but Zoom Player has that feature ;)

  • Really nice customizable and scalable interface - I love the fact that I can set a wallpaper for the bootscreen of app & it's stands out well. Huge amount of customization options here too.

  • Using the touch screen on my hybrid laptop/tablet to watch videos feels great on dis app - Very well optimized for it

  • Official MadVR support & automatic updates - Use ur GPU to maximize your picture quality

  • Easily export & import settings for you other devices within the app.

  • Lock the interface - Disables keyboard & touch screen shortcuts. Pretty handly feature when you're watching on bus & ur HDD is on top of keyboard for example.

  • Can check for updates for all the codecs within a click of button

  • Outstanding customer support across the Steam forums - The developers are really nice people who're willing to give you a hand & open to opinions. Something you don't see everyday.

Cons

  • Using Zoom Player as music player is kinda dull to use & it doesn't come with any visualization plugins out of the box. No Rainmetter support atm

  • Taking screenshots on steaming video doesn't work probably most of the time :(
    Not really a issue for me as I have Greenshot running in the background

  • Using the tablet profile messes up the UI in windowed mode - Can easily be fixed by setting it to other profiles.

  • Has significant learning curve overall when it's come to getting around this app & shotcut keys compared to other media player apps - It's kinda like getting used to Steam Controller and once you master it, it's feels refreshing for a change

  • Overpriced for this kind of media player in my opinion - I reckon it's should be no more then $10 USD, which is how much I paid for when it was on sale 2 years ago. If you hate the idea of paying $$ for media player, well you got your reasons & I'm not gonna object your opinions.

  • Needs a Blu-Ray decrypter like most other media players in order to watch retail blu-ray movies but it's reasonable for Zoom Player not being able to do it out of box considering the price of this product & licenses issues. No points taken off for this. Fortunately, I was lucky to get DVDlab Passkey for free via a giveaway.
    Region Free Blu-Ray FTW

Overall it's kinda geared to a niche market who wants to mix things up a bit with their media experience. I've been using Zoom Player as my main media player for years now & I've no regrets jumping into this. Reinstalling Zoom Players & my settings is a breeze unlike other media players as I've done it countless amount of times. I really enjoy using this app as you can tell from X amount of hours I've spent on this app & it's probably one of the best media player to play Blu-Ray & HD DVD disks if you don't care about no Blu-Ray menu support & got Blu-Ray decrypter on hand.

There's a 30 day demo on Steam if your neck is still itching if you know what I mean & it's also part of $3 Groupees: The Software Bundle 2 atm, just letting you know.

Edit: The Groupees bundle offer is finished now
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26 of 44 people (59%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2014
I tried the demo, played a few videos, and was quite impressed with it.
I had a few other Media-Players installed on my computer, but right away I could notice better crispness, clarity and an overall greater quality of the video and audio that I see and hear with Zoom Player. I like the simplicity and intuitive feel of the controls, yet there are still a lot of options available that I can experiment with and set things to how I like. This will now be my default Media Player, and I'm glad to have bought the full version to help support the Developers of this high-quality software.

For a full list of features and comparisons of the different versions of Zoom Player, visit the following page: http://inmatrix.com/zplayer/pro/versions_home8.shtml

PS: As for the argument I see from some, "Why buy Zoom Player when there's plenty of free media-players available?".... Well, call me strange, but I like to help support the Developers of programs I enjoy and use.

Yes, there's free media-players out there, but they also tend to have a "Donate" option some place on their website or an option to upgrade to a Pro version. Plus, there's also a free-version of Zoom-Player that can be downloaded as well.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
This review is based on Zoom v12 which was released earlier on June 2016.

Pros:
1. Extended customization functions. This is more aimed for power user, so people who want to just play their media might not find any of it useful. Required documentation before tweaking things, though. Online and offline helps are available fortunately.

2. Interface is clean and easy to use once YOU are familiar with it. It takes a bit learning curve, however.

3. Internal install center so it's easy to keep components updated. You don't need to download things outside the program e.g decoders.

4. Although it's packed with features, the software overall is pretty efficient, I'm trying to compare this directly with MPC and playing same file, it has quite comparable CPU and RAM usage (1080p file, 2.5 hours long movie). Both are using around 15% CPU (of my i5 5200u) and 160 MB RAM (of my 8 GB on Windows 10 x64). Program start up is instantaneous as well on my old SATA drive.

5. DRM free. It wasn't, but it is now when Developer realized it's only upsetting Steam customers for a product like this.

6. Continually updated. This player has undergone some major revisions over years and Steam users are getting those updates for free.


Cons:
1. Expensive. Unlike other freeware like FLV and/or Media Player Classic, this doesn't come cheap.... or free. If you're aiming to get it and think the features or 'pros' I listed above is enough for you, by all means get this software. But for me, this entry barrier (pricing) is enough to hold me off if I still didn't have the software. For information, I got this from Groupees bundles (www.groupees.com) so there's a chance that this will be bundled again in the future. Or well, Steam might offer discount during major sales, so keep an eye.

2. No internal subtitle search function. Media Player Classic has it, and I love that feature. It often saves me time from searching through Google myself. This Zoom, sadly, doesn't have it. Hopefully they'll add it in the future.

3. As an audio player, leave this alone. When it's compared head to head against the likes of Foobar, it's not even a fair match. Foobar has much more functions e.g multi playlist that a modern audio player needs and we really don't need fancy video player features JUST for playing audio files.

Overall, if you want more than a basic functionality (but it works) of freeware video players out there, you can try this one. Otherwise, you can stick with what you're using.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Nice player.
But PotPlayer (Successor of KMPlayer) still wins.
At least in
1. Subtitle control. (Potplayer auto loads the subtitles with the same filename)
2. Language support.
3. Video format support.

Hope you can catch up with the freeware!
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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
I've been using this for years and it's simply the best one. I'm glad I'm able to support the developers and Steam platform by getting this edition since their free edition has been working rock solid.

All the customizability options are amazing to make this work exactly the way you want it to all the way from the screen menus to the mouse wheel clicks and options. A++++
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Cpt KILmore
0.3 hrs
Posted: July 17
This player in no way can replace or improve the functionality and library control of JRIVER even MPC .... codec control sucks.. does not work properly or is just outright missing ... for playback of PASS-THROUGH M2TS files or lossless .iso image files of my HD collection. And even in the mess of the program, It does do this, then it in no way makes anything any easier like it said it does.... Oh stop using multiple programs to run music and movies and photos... Get it all under one roof....HA!.... i;M GOING TO BE STICKING WITH MPC (FREE) AND JRIVER $99 superior audio playback and organization with all codecs for serious digital lossless media libraries....mine going over 1300 movie titles blu ray and better and 30k plus audio lossless tracks .. a solid program with great library layout is paramount.... this is not
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twitch.tv/MasonYourSavior
0.4 hrs
Posted: July 12
Just download WinDVD
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NeoDHack
9.0 hrs
Posted: July 2
have most player need to play a video/audio with codec & update download manager built in. dont have to download some stupid codec pack anymore
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vanquishedlight
14.1 hrs
Posted: June 12
garbage. no DVD or BLURAY playback don't bother spending any money on this trash and do not spend $30 for this garbage player.
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hackwrench
2.8 hrs
Posted: June 10
This may be the first media player I've seen that inisists on runnig full screen. I also had Windows default font sizes at 20 and the program was completely brokem.
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DarnMan
0.1 hrs
Posted: June 2
Nifty piece of software with a range of weird and wonderful features including transparency modes and the ability to play animated GIFs, as well as standard features such as AB repeat and variable playback speed.

I still use WMP for audio playlists and VLC for 4k or 60FPS videos, but consider the Zoom Player an invaluable addition to my desktop software collection.

The version downloaded through Steam can be run without Steam (hence my recorded usage time is 7 mins, whereas in reality it has been used for many hours).
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SixHealthOfFury
2.2 hrs
Posted: May 26
For transparency, I've used Zoom via the Steam interface for 2 hours before using the DRM free shortcut provided by the software. In total, I've used the program for 7 hours as of this review.

The Pros:

- A slick interface with easy shortcuts on command such as right clicking to find where the track is located on a hard drive, memorizing what folder a song came from to quickly add another track from that same folder, and a more responsive time tracker than VLC media player for me.

- Intuitive control panel to adjust settings with commonly desired information displayed first. For example, the Playback options are the second item in the Options Menu and displays 3 trees for video codecs to use for playing files, associating file types to specific codecs, and DVD playback instructions. Exactly what I want to see for ease of use.

- An auto update for audio and video codecs

- DRM Free! Requires a one time activation on Steam, then can be used without going through Steam. Makes it very useful due to some games using the exact Steam App being played first to determine if you are able to join another player's game. I have quite a few in my Library that do that, so this feature makes it a lifesaver on wanting to use this program while playing online without going through the hassle of starting a game up before launching Zoom

- Comparing the default Windows Media Player, Zoom is slightly louder when at the same audio levels. Mostly the bass sounds louder.

The Cons:

- Uses about 60mb when playing audio files. VLC used 20mb on the same mp3 file. Expect about twice the ram used for videos as well compared to some lightweight media players.

- The default video codec used is a little darker, but crisp compared to other players like WMPlayer. This is a potential problem since you might need to switch the default codec or adjust brightness settings.

- Fairly expensive, but not too bad for the price range of what it is capable of doing

OVERALL: I have tried other media players such MHC+, VLC, WMP and this pretty much does everything I want while sounding and looking better than what I've used. If you have the extra RAM on your system to use it, I recommend this easily. It feels like a modern day WinAmp for video and sound. Smooth perfection.
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Nax_o
9.6 hrs
Posted: May 14
What a nice refreshing attempt to grab the 'player who does everything' -title that has been floating around for quite some time. It doesn't achieve this objective but it sure tries and gets very close.

My needs for a generic media player are not exactly heavy but diverse: living room pc. game rig. workshop pc. several laptops. preferably some type of dj/kiosk mode or settings that allow it to be used effectively during parties.

This far no setup does a 10/10 job but this one appears to be a good replacement candidate for Winamp on windows machines. This far Winamp+VLC combo has been the best tools i have used since they 'just work' (good enough/always available/rarely fail or start crashing). Yes i have tried other players too but always return back to this ol' workhorse duo sooner or later.

I especially liked the nice base interface and the fact that just about anything can be changed and settings can be exported to other machines. Gamepad can also be used for control which is good in living room.

edit: forgot one thing. some reviews mention bad video support but after doing 'Advanced interface' -> 'Help' -> 'Check update' and installing some plugins i can play just about anything i have on my rig and all works. So this means VLC is under the loop now too. This one has a better interface though only time will tell if it's better since crashing is what i hate mosly about VLC. If this one works better then it will beat VLC.
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