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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.
Release Date: Apr 4, 2014
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Announcing Zoom Player v9.2

July 28th, 2014

--- What's new in Zoom Player v9.2.0:

* XBOX controller sticks can now be used to Pan & Scan directshow
zoomed video.

* New "Speed" parameter assignable to XBOX controller stick and trigger
functions specifies the number of operations per second to perform,
customizing motion accuracy for each function.

* The mouse left-click button can now be assigned to Pan & Scan directshow
zoomed video.

* When the mouse left-click button is set to "Mouse Gestures", a new
function can be assigned to a static click, by default the function
is Play/Pause.

* The DirectShow Zooming & Panning features now apply to the internal image
viewer (JPEG/PNG/BMP) as well.

* The internal image viewer (JPEG/PNG/BMP) now supports image rotation by 90
degree increments using the Shift+"R" keyboard macro.

* Video streaming over http is now supported when using the
"Open->Streaming link" feature from the right-click context menu.

* New virtual meta-data editing accessible through the playlist editor's
right-click context menu or for the currently playing media using the
Ctrl+Shift+"T" keyboard macro.

The virtual editor saves the meta-data in Zoom Player's ZPL playlist
format without modifying the meta-data within media files themselves.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Smart Play / Settings) that
specifies whether http media streaming builds a video or audio graph
when the specified URL does not contain a file extension (for example

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Playlist) to auto-sort playlists
on load (excluding the default playlist used when restarting the player).

* The right-arrow appearing on multiple fullscreen navigation interfaces
is now clickable and equivalent of using the right arrow key keyboard

* New button and right-click context menu entry on the playlist editor to
add streaming URLs (e.g. "http://www.somesite.org/folder/channel1.ts").

+ The chapter-points graphical elements in the bundled Onyx and Alba skins
is now better color-coded to make it easier to see behind text.

+ The auto-part loader now ignores space characters when trying to decide
if the next file in the directory should be automatically inserted
into the playlist.

+ Added a warning to reload the playing media when enabling "Show time
seek position over Timeline" setting with "Show position preview
thumbnail" previously enabled.

+ Added a warning to reload the playing media when enabling the "Display
OSD through MadVR's OSD API (preserves fullscreen exclusive mode)"

+ The options dialog is now slightly wider to better account for the width
required to display the entire settings tree.

+ When playing a live stream, pausing now stops the graph instead of being
completely disabled.

+ The multi-part file loader will no longer try to find multiple parts when
the file loaded is a playlist.

+ The play history fullscreen navigation interface now has a small arrow
on the active line signifying access to additional functionality.

- The ZPL playlist parsing code ignored meta-data such as the title if the
playlist entry was a URL (link).

- Fixed multiple issues with M3U playlist parsing, including parsing of
UTF8 encoding and meta-data parsing of titles for streaming links.

- Mouse gestures could conflict with the mouse left-click combined with
holding the Alt or Ctrl key functions.

- With the "Auto-Save Media Chapter files (".ZPCHP" files)" setting enabled,
chapter files were not being saved automatically under some circumstances.

- A few JPEG orientation modes were not displaying in the correct

- Setting the "Screen-Align the Control Bar to" setting to "Top" or "Bottom"
caused MadVR to drop out of fullscreen exclusive mode every time the
control bar was shown.

- With the "Screen-Align the Control Bar to" setting set to "Top" or
"Bottom", the control bar would align within the video in fullscreen
mode instead of the top/bottom positions.

- With EVR set as the video renderer, the first time a media was loaded
caused a momentary glitch in the skin (black box appearing behind the
skin's button).

- The PreAmp equalizer slider would get reset when the audio was muted
if the "Link volume up/down functions to PreAmp volume..." setting
was enabled.

- Adding a web page to the playlist and then saving and loading the playlist
or just restarting the player would cause the playlist entry to be
played as a media file (and failing) instead of opening as a web page.

- The extended fullscreen navigation interface would show "???" instead of
displaying unicode language-specific texts.

- Fixed a typo in one of the function descriptions.


* The Complete Change list history can be found on-line at:

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Announcing Zoom Player v9.1

June 26th, 2014

--- What's new in Zoom Player v9.1.0:

* The left mouse click can now be set to "Mouse Gestures".

* You can now assign 4 mouse gestures (up/down/left/right) when gesturing
with the mouse cursor while holding down the left mouse button or by
swiping a finger on touch displays a forth of the way across the screen.

By default the assigned functions are:
Left : Medium seek backward
Right : Medium seek forward
Up : Previous Track
Down : Next Track

All gestures can be assigned a custom function in the MAX version.

* xySubFilter support for full resolution subtitle rendering when playing
lower resolution video content.

MadVR must be used as the video renderer for xySubFilter to function.

Please note that the current version of xySubFilter may break ffdshow
subtitle rendering if the xySubFilter filter is registered.

* The XInput (XBOX360 and compatible controllers) interface can now assign
Zoom-in and Zoom-out functions to the left and right Trigger buttons.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Control Bar / Timeline Area)
that displays chapter points on the timeline. When the mouse hovers over
a chapter point, a pop-up shows the chapter name.

This feature requires a skin that includes additional chapter-point
graphical elements. The Onyx and Alba skins include this support.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / System / Screen Saver) to always disable the
windows screen saver and monitor powerdown while Zoom Player is running.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse) that enables the
Mouse's middle click (wheel click) to reset DirectShow Zooming.

* New Settings (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse) that enable the
Mouse's left click combined with holding either the Alt or Ctrl keys
to pan the DirectShow Zoomed video (panning is currently limited to
the EVR video renderer).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse Wheel) that allows the
DirectShow Zoom In/Out functions to be assigned to the mouse wheel.

* New extended "exDirectShowZoom" function used to specify a zoom-in
factor when using a DirectShow video renderer. Unlike standard
Zoom-in, DirectShow based zooming works even in windowed mode.

* New "fnDSZoomIn" and "fnDSZoomOut" functions that Zoom into and out
of the video area when using a DirectShow video renderer. Unlike
standard Zoom-in, DirectShow based zooming works even in windowed

* New Comm API message #1705 notifying of a subtitle stream change.

* New Comm API message #1605 notifying of an audio stream change.

* New "TimelineChapters" and "TimelineCBarChapters" skin scripting
functions used to specify coordinates for the timeline chapter marks.

+ Optimized skin parsing code.

+ Comm API message #1702 (get subtitle stream names), only worked
in DVD mode. It now works for media mode subtitle steams as well.

+ The 'Current Position' is now horizontally centered in the chapter editor.

+ The font size used when creating contact sheets was too small, making the
text unreadable when creating lower resolution contract sheet images.

+ Restored subtitle compatibility with the latest version of ffdshow.
Using the ffdshow subtitle rendering option should now work.

- Playing media files with both embedded and external subtitle tracks
with the embedded subtitle tracks set as both not-default and not-forced,
the next subtitle track function would require several tries to properly
show the correct subtitle track and at times, the OSD pop-up may have shown
the wrong active subtitle track name.

- Adding a chapter point to a media file would list the new chapter
in the wrong order within the chapter editor.

- Removing chapters using the chapter editor did not prompt to
erase the chapter files when all chapters were removed, causing
the chapters to re-appear after re-loading the media.

- Using the next/previous chapter buttons would pop an action OSD
containing character encoding instead of the actual character.
For example "&comma" instead of ",".

- The 'Show OSD filename when opening a new file' setting stopped working.

- Detaching the Control Bar when using MadVR as the video renderer
would cause the control bar to appear twice under certain circumstances.

- Setting the control bar to appear at the top/bottom of the screen
instead of the video area would not work when using MadVR as the
video renderer.

- Disabling the "Auto Play" setting broke the "Automatically restore the
last media position on replay" feature.

- With "Auto-Size User Interface to fit Source Video Resolution (on load)"
and "Limit Auto-Size to User Interface Height" settings enabled, playing
a video while fullscreen and then exiting fullscreen would have resulted
in a window the same size as the source video's full resolution instead of
only adjusting the height to compensate for the aspect ratio.

- Searching for some buttons using the options dialog's search feature
would prevent the searched buttons from being clicked until the search
dialog was closed first.

- Enabling the 'Always start with media subtitles hidden' setting would
cause a 'Play' OSD to pop-up when playing a media file containing

- The current time and date did not appear on any fullscreen navigation
interface based on the virtual keyboard (Rename, New Folder, etc).

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About the 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

    • OS: Windows 98
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 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.
    • OS: Windows 7 or newer
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 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.
Helpful customer reviews
357 of 443 people (81%) found this review helpful
345 products in account
2 reviews
0.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: April 5th, 2014
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20 of 33 people (61%) found this review helpful
482 products in account
1 review
19.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: April 12th, 2014
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
645 products in account
9 reviews
128.2 hrs on record
this app. for just listening music. and $30.
Posted: June 27th, 2014
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
598 products in account
2 reviews
0.9 hrs on record
Purchased this in steam sales. I have been looking for a media player to run all my music & movies. This so far is ticking all the right boxes. I was running VLC for my media and old school winamp for my music. So far Zoom Player is looking like a winner!
Posted: June 19th, 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
441 products in account
20 reviews
181.3 hrs on record
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.


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.
Posted: July 2nd, 2014
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