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GOM player review
GOM player is a free audio and video utility, which can handle almost any file format. It can even play some broken or underloaded files and has an ability to find missing codecs, through a Codec Finder service. It has extensive customization options, supports snapshot, audio recording and subtitles. You can copy video and audio parameters to the clipboard. The player is available in English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Russian.Read More
GOM plays most media files without the need for third-party codecs, as it has built-in support for most popular codecs. It supports flv, mp4, mov, mpg, ts, avi, divx, asx, wmv, m4v, dat, ifo, vob, 3gp/3gp2, rm/rmvb, mkv, ogm video files and mp3, .m4a, .aac, .ogg audio files. You’ll rarely come across a file that GOM can’t handle. Though, if this happens, GOM will redirect you to the codec finder service to download a required codec (the tool will tell you which codec you need).
GOM also opens YouTube links and can even play 360-degree VR videos.
A GOM Remote mobile app gives you remote access to the desktop player, so you can control it without getting up from your bed.
GOM Player has a simple and slick interface. You get few basic on-screen controls. To customize more, change sound or video settings, you’ll have to navigate the menu. It can be tricky and it’s hard to find some tools, like a graphic equalizer, but you’ll grasp it eventually.
GOM Player is skinnable: you can change a theme if you don’t like a default one. But this won’t modify the menu system, it just changes the look.
GOM Player has lots of neat features. You can load videos, create playlists, change stereo mode for audio playback, find an exact spot in the video quickly, fast forward and rewind, switch to full-screen mode, make captures. It supports subtitles, and you can customize them, adjusting their size.
With the latest update, the installation process has changed. It’s easier and faster now. Previously you had to select Custom Installation option to avoid web browser plugin installing and search engine and homepage changing. And the installer doesn’t bundle annoying third-party components anymore.
There is also an option to save your preferences, like audio and video parameters to the program's registry entry.
Cross-platform use 5/5
GOM player is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
The Bottom Line
Though it’s not the most modern-looking utility, it gets the job done and is accessible. As soon as you get used to the menu system, you’ll see how convenient GOM player is. Its possibility to open almost any file format and handy Codec Finder service makes it worth downloading. Besides, it’s entirely free.Collapse
Convenient powerful and accessible media player able to open a huge variety of formats, broken or underloaded files.
Pros : Lots of preinstalled audio and video codecs;
Codec Finder service.
Cons : Tricky menu system.
Cross-platform use 5.0