Zoom Player

Zoom Player was originally conceived to fill a void in Multimedia playback. Prior to Zoom Player, playing media files on the PC was either overly simplistic for the Power User or overly cryptic to the common user. Zoom Player tries to both simplify the playback experience for the common user, while giving the Power Users all the tools and interfaces they may require to manipulate their playback environment to their exact specification. Zoom Player is capable of playing all common media formats and quite a few of the not so common, including: AVI, Matroska (MKV), QuickTime (MOV), Cellphone 3GPP (3GP), Flash (SWF), RealMedia (RA/RM/RMVB/RAM) and many more.

To that end, Zoom Player employs a slick and simple user interface, combined with easy to access features while at the same time providing advanced control dialogs over every feature imaginable. Zoom Player was designed from the ground up to load quick, take as little system resources as possible, provide user feedback/direction as appropriate and maintain as much isolation from other applications and system components as not to undermine overall stability. Zoom Player is fully scalable, supporting all the latest media formats and interfaces. New features are incorporated on an ongoing basis with release schedules.

Here are some of the features of the Zoom Player program:

  • DVD Front-End navigation – Using any DirectShow compatible combination of DVD Decoder filters in Overlay, VMR7 and VMR9 modes Zoom Player as a DVD Front-End can use any combination of DVD Decoding filters, combined with any post-processing filters to achieve the best possible image. This includes support for advanced Video Rendering hardware interfaces such as Overlay, VMR7 and VMR9.
  • Point and Click DVD Graph integration, including automatic inclusion of Audio and Video Processing filters (including DMO) – Configuring advanced combination of filters for DVD Playback is as simple as point and click.
  • DVD Overlay and VMR9 Hardware Color Controls including an easy to use on-screen interface (For cards that support it) – Support for Hardware (no CPU impact) Color Controls (Hue/Saturation/Brightness/Contract/Gamma) with an easy to use on-screen interface on display cards that support the Hardware interface.
  • Smart DVD bookmark system – An easy to use DVD Bookmark management system.
  • Auto loading of selected bookmarks on Play to bypass previously seen DVD menus – DVD Bookmarks can be marked as Auto-Loading, once a DVD is reloaded, the bookmarks can either load automatically, or optionally, a timed dialog will appear asking if you want the bookmark to load.
  • Auto saving last disc's position for automatic resume at a later time – Automatic saving/loading of a DVD's last position, including the currently playing audio and subtitle tracks.
  • Auto saving of disc definition file which includes a per-disc setting for later use – Automatic saving/loading of a DVD Disc's viewing preferances (Video Aspect Ratio, Video Position, Color Values, etc…).
  • Ability to assign DVD-Insert notification to Zoom Player or any other program – A Tool allowing you to select which program is executed when a DVD Disc is inserted.
  • Auto-Execute external programs when a PAL/NTSC disc is detected (prior to playing) – Zoom Player can execute different external programs when it detects you are trying to play a PAL/NTSC disc. Optionally, Zoom Player can also wait for these programs to close prior to starting playback.

The minimum system requirements for Zoom Player are:

  • Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, 2003
  • At least 2MB of free hard drive space
  • A suggested 32MB of RAM
  • An Intel CPU of at least 500Mhz
Review by Jared Moya

Zoom Player has an average rating 3.3 out of 5 based on 3 user ratings.