Universal Media Player Frees Users of Codec Troubles

Stephen Yagielowicz

It happens to everyone eventually: you find a multimedia file that you wish to view, but can’t. Codec after codec, player after player, nothing will properly render the file.

While files are corrupted on occasion, it’s often a matter of insufficient codec packs or some peculiarity of the player software you’re employing that prevents playback.

Freely available, the Open Source UMPlayer is the result of the combined efforts of volunteers from all over the world.

Before giving up, why not give UMPlayer (www.umplayer.com) a try? This free player supports nearly 300 installed codecs and boasts the ability “to play anything.”

According to its publisher, “UMPlayer is the media player that fills all your needs. With dozens of advanced features and builtin codecs, it can handle any media format, and can play audio CDs, DVDs, (S)VCDs, TV/Radio cards, YouTube and SHOUTcast streams and even incomplete or damaged media files.”

This huge array of playback support covers the AAC, AC3, ASF, AVI, DIVX, FLV, H.263, Matroska, MOV, MP3, MP4, MPEG, OGG, QT, RealMedia, VOB, Vorbis, WAV, WMA, WMV and XVID media formats, along with many more obscure formats.

The advanced features of UMPlayer come in a simple to use package, with a custom skinnable interface, subtitles search, audio and subtitles sync, enhanced filter rendering and a YouTube player and recorder.

Freely available, the Open Source UMPlayer is the result of the combined efforts of volunteers from all over the world. The source code Subversion repository is hosted at SourceForge.net.

Authored under the Qt platform, UMPlayer is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS/X and GNU/Linux-based operating systems.

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