most modern PCs come with video player software, there are a lot of
reasons to check out the alternate players available online. Maybe you
have an older computer that didn't come with video player software or
maybe you're looking for the newest and most advanced player software out
there. Most modern video player software plays videos stored in a variety
of different formats, so one new player may replace three or four older
players. The links below lead to video player descriptions, downloads, and
Video Player Resources
With increases in the size of data storage devices, as well as
microprocessor and Internet bandwidth speed growth, digital video has
become commonplace on the PC. Digital video, particularly online video, is
stored in one of several file formats. Until recently, if you wanted to
watch videos in different formats you had to download and install a player
for each different format. Modern versions of video players, such as
Microsoft’s Windows Media Player or Apple’s QuickTime, are able to
play just about all video formats. More information about modern video
players and the features they offer can be found by reading the Wikipedia
Video Player Web page. Visit www.mpeg.org/MPEG/MPEG-video-player.html
to find information about the video player that is best suited for your
Resources for specific
video players can also be found. For example, see this CNET.com
review of the Windows Media Player, or the Quicktime player
review, at www.download.com.
There is also an extensive set of resources for the features and tools
found on the Windows Media Player at www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/default.asp.
Video Player Software Although
Microsoft’s Windows Media Player, Apple’s QuickTime, and RealNetworks’
RealPlayer currently are the most popular video players, there are many
other players available. You can visit either this Download.com page
this link to see links to Web sites describing alternate video
players. You can download, update, or get technical support for the
following video players directly from the manufacturer:
Be sure to revisit these
links for the most recent updates and versions.
To try the most popular open
source multimedia player available take a look at VLC media player at www.videolan.org/vlc.
If you would like to play videos on your handheld computer, be sure to
for PDA video player resources.