Download Free GOM Media Player – 5.1 Channel Output and Advanced Playback Capabilities

image I’ve never really warmed up to Windows Media Player. It’s bloated size,and outrageous overhead requirements (in my view), have always left me feeling just a little bit put out.

Years ago, (in 2003), I replaced Windows Media Player with a much smaller application – GOM Media Player. Back then, virtually no one had heard of this small (6 MB), free application.

I must admit, I was not very successful, initially, in converting my friends to my view of GOM Media Player. Over the years though, GOM Media Player’s support for a diverse range of file formats, it’s built in Codecs, and its advanced playback capabilities, have made it one of the most downloaded of all Windows Media Player replacements. In fact, it’s the number one downloaded media player on CNET (download.com), with nearly 20 Million downloads to date.

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This small application is surprisingly strong and can play most encoded video formats including AVI, DAT, FLV, MPEG, DivX, XviD, and more, with its own built-in Codec system.

For the impatient types among us, GOM Media Player can even play video files that are still in the process of being downloaded. As well, files that have been broken during the downloading process can still be played.

The right click menu is extremely comprehensive (yet very easy to understand), allowing an amazing degree of custom control over virtually every aspect of the application. I do mean – an amazing degree of control!

A built-in Screen Capture utility allows you to take screenshots of your video directly from GOM Media Player. Using the Burst Capture feature, you can take up to 999 shots continuous screenshots. I love this feature! (I just had to mention this).

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Fast facts:

DVD-quality videos with 5.1 channel audio output.

Supports most Codecs (AVI, DAT, MPEG, DivX, FLI using an embedded Codec system

Plays incomplete or damaged AVI file by skipping the damaged frames

Plays Locked Media Files while downloading or sharing

Supports HTTP Streaming ASF/OGG/MP3/AAC/MPEG PS/MPEG TS

Subtitle, Overlay Mixer features, Keys Remapping, Super speed/High Mode

Play Audio CD

Play Video CD/SVCD/XCD

Enhanced Filter Rendering

Drag-and-drop support

Editable skins

Real-time index rebuilding for AVI files

Unicode support

Advanced Features:

Customizable settings on the control panel

Adjust image brightness, hue, and saturation

Sharpen and add noise to your video

Audio equalizer

Fast forward/rewind using left/right keys

Repeat a section of your video using A-B Repeat feature

System Requirements: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 (no indication that x64 is supported).

Download at: Download.com

This is my personal choice of media player; the application that I use primarily for playback of downloaded videos, and I have yet to be disappointed with its performance. I highly recommend this excellent free application.

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11 responses to “Download Free GOM Media Player – 5.1 Channel Output and Advanced Playback Capabilities

  1. g

    I’ve been using the Gom for several years now. It is a great player. It is my main video viewer.

  2. Liam O' Moulain

    Hi Bill,

    You convinced me in a previous review to try this app. I’m glad that you did.

    It’s the best vid app around.

    Liam

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Liam,

      I spend a lot of time viewing offline videos, and I really like the control this app gives me.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Bill

  3. John

    Hi Bill,

    As per my early morning fix I have just downloaded GOM to give it a bit of a spin so to speak.

    It was quite insistent on wanting to also install the Ask toolbar and Ask homepage, but you can by-pass this as expected, but to me it did not make it very clear and almost leaves you(me) to believe that if you don’t accept this toolbar etc you can’t use GOM, which you can of course.

    Cheers
    John

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey John,

      My article, a few weeks back on toolbars, speaks to this issue. It’s one helluv a way to conduct business, huh?

      Bill

  4. TeXaCo

    Oooo something new to try. Nice

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