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Media Players and Codecs



Oct
03

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Here is what we have for the Media players available for the internet public from the awesome!!

Definition: Media player is a term typically used to describe computer software for playing back multimedia files. While many media players can play both audio and video, others focus only on one media type or the other. Such players are known as either audio players or video players and often have a user interface tailored for the specific media type.

Media players often display icons known from physical devices such as tape recorders and CD players. Examples of these icons are Media-playback-start.svg (play), Media-playback-pause.svg (pause), and Media-playback-stop.svg (stop).

Media libraries

Many media players, especially those designed to play music, display available songs in a format known as a media library, which allows the user to organize their music by categories such as artist, album, genre, year, and rating. Examples of media players that include media libraries are Amarok, Banshee, Clementine, iTunes, Rhythmbox, Winamp, and Windows Media Player.

 

The download links for the most popular and the best ones' of media players are as follows:

 

WindowsMediaPlayer

Windows Media Player

 

Official Windows Media Website: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/windows-media

Official Windows Media Player Website: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IN/windows/products/windows-media-player

Official Website to get the download links for Windows Media Player:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IN/windows/downloads/windows-media-player

 

Designed by media lovers, for media lovers. Windows Media Player 12--available only in Windows 7--plays more music and video than ever, including Flip Video and unprotected songs from your iTunes library!

Plays more media...

Windows Media Player 12 has built-in support for many popular audio and video formats--including 3GP, AAC, AVCHD, MPEG-4, WMV, and WMA. It also supports most AVI, DivX, MOV, and Xvid files.

...in more places

The new Play To feature streams music and video to other PCs runningWindows 7 or compatible devices around the home. With Remote Media Streaming, you can enjoy music or videos on your home PC from the road.

New playback modes

The new Now Playing mode is a study in minimalism: It shows only the controls you need, so nothing comes between you and your music or video. A new taskbar thumbnail with playback controls makes previewing easier and fun.

Easier, more fun

Enjoy smarter DVD playback, 15-second song previews, Jump Lists for fast access to favourite media. And that's just for starters.

Note: Available only in Windows version 7 onwards. Windows Media Player 12 comes as part of Windows 7 and is not available as a separate download. 

Get the download links here:

 

 

Real Media Player

Real Media Player

Official Website : http://www.real.com/

RealPlayer, by Real Networks, is a cross-platform software product primarily used for the playing of recorded media. The media player is compatible with numerous formats within the multimedia realm, including MP3, MPEG-4, QuickTime, Windows Media, and multiple versions (proprietary) of RealAudio and Real Video formats. RealPlayer is also available for other operating systems (OS) and Linux, Unix, Palm OS, Windows Mobile and Symbian versions have been released. The software is powered by an underlying open source media engine called Helix.

Get the download link here:

 

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iTunes (QuickTime is embedded in this installer)

Official Website: http://www.apple.com/itunes/

iTunes is a media player computer program used for playing, downloading, saving, and organizing digital music and video files on desktop or laptop personal computers. It can also manage contents on iPod, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices.

iTunes can connect to the iTunes Store to purchase and download music, music videos, television shows, iPod games, audiobooks, podcasts, movies and movie rentals (not available in all countries), and ringtones (only available on iPhone and iPod Touch 4th Generation). It is also used to download application software from the App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. iTunes has been criticized for not being able to transfer music from one portable device to another.

iTunes was introduced by Apple Inc. on January 9, 2001. The latest version, 10.7, is available as a free download for Mac OS X v10.6.8 or later, as well as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. In June 2010, Apple released a new privacy policy pertaining to the capture and collection of users' real-time location information. The information had been included in various device-specific EULAs since 2008, but was not included in Apple's general privacy policy until 2010.

On September 12, 2012, when Apple announced the new iPhone and iPod line up, they also announced a new UI for iTunes that will be coming out October 2012.

Get the download link here:

 

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dIVx

Official Website: http://www.divx.com/

DivX is a brand name of products created by DivX, Inc. (formerly DivX Networks, Inc., later purchased by Sonic Solutions and currently part of the Rovi Corporation formerly known as Macrovision), including the DivX Codec which became popular due to its ability to compress lengthy video segments into small sizes while maintaining relatively high visual quality.

There are two DivX codecs; the regular MPEG-4 Part 2 DivX codec and the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC DivX Plus HD codec. It is one of several codecs commonly associated with "ripping", whereby audio and video multimedia are transferred to a hard disk and transcoded.

 

Get the download link here:

 

VLC

VLC

Official Website: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html

The greatest of all media players. It has the codec library that can even play your bunny.

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.

 

Get the download link here:

Download vlc 2.0.3 for windows 32 bit here

Download vlc 1.1.11 for windows 32 bit here

Download vlc 0.8.6i for windows 32 bit here

 

Media codecs

Codecs enhances the ability of a media player allowing it to play a wide variety of formats.

A comprehensive collection of the codec library can be found here:

 

k-lite codec pack

K Lite

That comprehensive set of media codecs to fit-in to every desktops media players.

Official Website: http://codecguide.com/download_mega.htm

K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of audio and video codecs for Microsoft Windows that enables the operating system and its software to play various audio and video formats generally not supported by the operating system itself. K-Lite Codec Pack also includes several related tools, including Media Player Classic Home Cinema (MPC-HC), Media Info Lite, and Codec Tweak Tool.

 

Get the download link here:

 

xvid

xvid_codec

Official Website: http://www.xvid.org/

Xvid (formerly "XviD") is a video codec library following the MPEG-4 standard, specifically MPEG-4 Part 2 Advanced Simple Profile (ASP). It uses ASP features such as b-frames, global and quarter pixel motion compensation, lumi masking, trellis quantization, and H.263, MPEG and custom quantization matrices.

Xvid is a primary competitor of the DivX Pro Codec. In contrast with the DivX codec, which is proprietary software developed by DivX, Inc., Xvid is free software distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License. This also means that unlike the DivX codec, which is only available for a limited number of platforms, Xvid can be used on all platforms and operating systems for which the source code can be compiled.

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