Have you ever tried playing a video or music on your Windows Media Player or any of the other popular media players on your PC and you received a message saying that file isn’t supported? You may have even downloaded a movie supported by your traditional media player but because it contains some broken portions, you couldn’t play it. In most cases, such broken or unsupported music or videos files usually end up being deleted or at best, converted to other file format recognized by your player. What a stress and frustration!
With GOM Player, those needless stress and worries are no big deal. Released on January 7, 2003 by Gretech Corporation, the unique and versatile player boasts of playing virtually all known and possible media file formats even if some of the lines are broken. It uses its efficient codec finding service to fetch missing codecs thereby enabling it to play any file. Etymologically speaking, the player derives its name from a type of bear known and called gom in Korea. This is the reason its icon is denoted by a bear’s paw.
It should be noted that GOM Player is specifically suited for Windows OS and as such, may not find compatibility with other Operating Systems. Please ensure you download the appropriate file compatible with your Windows system type (whether 32 or 64 Bit) for installation.
What GOM Player Offers
Owning to its highly user-friendly interface and advanced filter functions, it is possible for users to tailor how the player works and looks to their own taste. New logos and skins can be downloaded freely from GOM website.
Great Subtitle Function
Sharing and downloading of subtitles can be done from the player’s Library or by simply connecting to opensubtitles.org. You can equally adjust your subtitles settings such as the size, sync, and placement
All-Inclusive File Support
Virtually all the available video file formats be it MP4, MKV, FLV, MOV, WMV, AVI, just name them, are supported by it.
With GOM Player, there are many more things you can do other than just playing of videos or music. You can equally perform the following functions through it: Media Player A-B repeat, controlling of your playback speed, and even adding some video effects
Available on Mobile Devices
If you have an Android or an iOS mobile device, the player is available for you. It means you can extend your videos experience to your phones and not just PC
There are some videos with missing codecs and as such, when you try playing it via GOM player, it would not be supported at first. However, this media player would help search for the missing content and re-direct you to where you can download it. Thereafter, it can be played.
360 Degree Video Playing
With the aid of either your mouse or keyboard, you can choose from which side you wish to watch your video. You can either watch from top, down, left or right! Just on your choice. It equally offers support for 360 YouTube videos
Interestingly, GOM Player comes as a free offer to anybody anywhere. It attracts no payment for its usage
Want to operate your Player like a DVD or TV set? Yes, it is absolutely possible. You can connect the player to its remote called GOM Remote and control all the settings from it. There is no limit to what function you can adjust on the remote so long as the functions are permitted by the player.
System Requirements for Installing the Player
- Operating System: Windows 7 (32/64 Bit), Windows Vista (32bit), Windows XP (SP2, SP3-32 Bits only) Windows 10 (32/64 Bit), Windows 8, 8.1 (32/64 Bit)
- RAM: Not less than 2 GB
- Hard Disk Memory: At least 200 MB free space
- Processor: AMD Athion 64 or Intel Pentium 4
Supported File Formats
Flv, ogm, mpg, mkv, ifo, dat, m4v, vob, ts, avi, mov, 3gp or 3gp2, mp4, rmvb or rm, ogm.
Mp3, .m4a, .aac, .ogg, .flac, .wav
.smi, .srt, .rt, sub
MP41, MP42, DIV1,DIV3, DIV4, H263, MSZH, DVCP, PRORES, DVPP, RPZA, FLAC, DXGM, IV50, DIV6, LAGARITH, M4S2, BLZO, MPEG2, VP6, FPS1, IV50, THEO, SVQ3, TSCC2, TRUEMOTION2, DX50, PRORES, MPEG1, H264, VP8, VC1, Cinepak and Nellymoser
- It has a skinnable interface which is customizable
- Good Audio and Video quality
- Apart from it being free, it can play a wide variety of video files
- Its sleek design makes it user-friendly
- It can sear for missing codecs and help users download them
- Unwanted Internet Connection at each start-up
- The two buttons which are supposed to be used to select the next or previous file do not perform this role. Instead, when you press the “next” button, it fast forwards your current video
- Infrequent update of GOM sites and difficulty in accessing the website.
Alternatives to GOM Player
- Pot Player – particularly suitable for relatively old PC
- KMPlayer (KMP) – can play flash contents and opens .swf files.
- VLC Media Player – Volume can be increased up to 400%, uses less memory resources and extremely versatile.
- Media Player Classic – it has excellent support for DVD and other portable Media sources.
- Winnamps –
There are fewer Media Players that can match what GOM Player offers. Its versatility in playing videos and audios has made it first among its kind. Enjoying a movie on your PC has a lot to do with the quality of the player you are using. Sure, you don’t want to hear some stories just when you are about settling down for your much-desired movie. To assure yourself of an unlimited media access, then you’ve got to get this package, more so, it is free.
Unlike what is obtained in antiviruses, you can get more than one media player on your personal computer. They do not conflict in function so long as you do not try to use several players simultaneously. This possibility is one great reason you must never miss out on GOM. It’s lightweight and very easy to use.