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Q: What are some common video players?

A: Video files can be saved in a number of different formats. Some are universal and can be played by many programs, while others are proprietary formats than can only be played using a specific program. Below is a list of video players that play many different video formats.

Windows

Company Program Extensions Notes
ALTools ALShow n/a Includes several codecs for playing different video formats; supports captions and subtitles; can capture images, video, and audio clips.
CyberLink PowerDVD n/a Popular video playback program that supports MPEG-2 HD, MPEG-4 AVC, WMV-HD, DVD-Video, Mini-DVD, and DivX Pro formats.
Daum Communications PotPlayer n/a Windows video player available in 32-bit and 64-bit editions; provides efficient performance using DXVA, CUDA, and QuickSync technologies; supports numerous subtitle formats.
DivX DivX Player .DIVX Plays videos encoded with the DivX codec, a high-quality, high-compression video format; supports 1920x1080 HD video and other resolutions.
GRETECH GOM Player n/a Media player that supports multiple audio and video formats and includes several common codecs; supports subtitles, video adjustments, and screen captures; can also play broken AVI files.
Microsoft Windows Media Player .WMA, .WMV, .ASF Audio and video player developed by Microsoft; bundled with the Windows operating system; plays Windows Media files and several other formats, including AVI files.
Mirillis Splash Lite n/a Windows video player optimized for high-definition (HD) video; includes an advanced picture post-processing engine that provides smooth motion and vivid colors.
MPC-HC Project MPC-HC n/a Lightweight media player also known as "Media Player Classic - Home Cinema;" based on the Mplayer2 project; supports GPU-assisted decoding and plays all common video and audio formats.
Online Media Technologies AVS Media Player n/a Media player that plays audio and video files and displays images as a slideshow; supports dozens of media file formats; supports up to 7.1 surround sound.
Participatory Culture Foundation Miro n/a Miro is a free open-source audio and video player designed for fullscreen HD video playback; supports several different file formats and can play television shows from online sources.
RAD Game Tools The RAD Video Tools .BIK Supports the Bink Video Codec, commonly used by video games; The RAD Video Tools includes both the Bink and Smacker compressors.
VideoLAN VLC Media Player n/a Compact cross-platform media player; supports several formats including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and DivX; can also play DVDs, VCDs, and streaming multimedia files.

macOS

Company Program Extensions Notes
Apple QuickTime Player .MOV, .QT Multimedia player developed by Apple; bundled with the Mac OS X operating system; plays QuickTime movies and many other formats; supports H.264 and various other codecs.
DivX DivX Player .DIVX Plays videos encoded with the DivX codec, a high-quality, high-compression video format; supports 1920x1080 HD video and other resolutions.
Eltima Elmedia Player .SWF, .FLV, .XAP Video player for Mac OS X that includes advanced options and controls; includes full-screen mode, frame capture, and the ability to save Flash movies.
Participatory Culture Foundation Miro n/a Miro is a free open-source audio and video player designed for fullscreen HD video playback; it supports several different file formats and can play television shows from online sources.
RAD Game Tools The Bink Video Player .BIK Plays Bink files, which are typically used in video games; available in both PowerPC and Intel versions.
VideoLAN VLC Media Player n/a Compact cross-platform media player; supports several formats including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and DivX; can also play DVDs, VCDs, and streaming multimedia files.

Linux

Company Program Extensions Notes
mpv.io mpv n/a Free, open source, cross-platform media player with a simple interface; provides high-quality OpenGL-based output with color management and interpolation.
Participatory Culture Foundation Miro n/a Miro is a free open-source audio and video player designed for fullscreen HD video playback; it supports several different file formats and can play television shows from online sources.
RAD Game Tools Bink Video command line Player .BIK Plays Bink video files, which are commonly used in video games; can also play compiled Bink EXE files.
VideoLAN VLC Media Player n/a Compact multi-platform media player that supports dozens of different audio and video formats; can also play DVDs and VCDs.

Updated: September 28, 2016