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Play Almost Any Video Format with GOM Player

It can be hugely annoying when you cannot watch a video because WMP or another default player cannot find an appropriate codec.  GOM Player is a free media player that has the most common video codec support built in.  If a rare codec is required it’s Codec Finder Service will find what you need and show you were to download it.

Installation and Setup

1nstall 

When you’re first starting out GOM provides an easy to follow Configuration Wizard to help you get setup.

2 setup 

Set up the internal codecs and your speaker configuration for optimal playback and sound.

3 setup audio

Decide which file types you want to associate with GOM player. 

4 assicuated files

After completing the configuration wizard you are presented with the default player.  You will notice ads in the middle display on the control panel in default view but they are only text and hardly intrusive.  After you change some skins around they no longer appear.

5 default view

Using GOM Player

When you first start using GOM player you’ll notice that it is intuitive and easy to use.  It can be easily resized, player controls at the bottom, and menus accessed by right clicking on the view screen.

menu

In Preferences there are a few skins and several color changes included and more that you can download from their site.

prefs

This is an example of the 11 Inspirat by CrystalXp.net which is a great WMP style skin.

skin 

Along with changing skins and colors, you can also change the logo GOM displays during start up.

cool

There is an equalizer for for tweaking audio and it also includes some neat reverb and 3D sound effects as well.

sound

You can have GOM Player associate itself with all of your video file types.

associate

If you happen to come across a video file not included in GOM by default the Codec Finding Service will identify it and show you where to download it.

find codec

Overall GOM Player is a very impressive user friendly media player that could very well become your main player of choice. 

logo-Gomplayer

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  • Published 07/27/09

Comments (9)

  1. Kasi Viswanath

    But how does it fare against VLC? Like video/audio quality, installation size, portability (portableapps.com) and such similar?

    Btw, Thanks for this post,

  2. Firas

    Nice program, thanks :-)

  3. HugoHilter

    I use GOMPlayer about 2 years ago – and i think it´s maybe the best player for me. You can download a lot of nice skins – my favotite is “Deluxe” – minimalistic but noble.

    And GOM plays the most files without problems – that´s really not bad.

  4. Shail

    Already Have It!

  5. ManapuaMan

    I use VLC player alot but I am always open to something different. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the post!!

  6. Oka

    I wonder if I can replace CCCP with this, does it support .MKV files too? with styled subtitles? for my Anime 8D

  7. qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm

    Gave up VLC for GOM a long time ago (more stable & better features, IMHO.)

    Great media player… nice to see it getting some props!

  8. nylon0

    I cant play .mov file using gom ,it cant even find the codec ,quick time player codecs does work on gom any1 knows how to play quick time format videos using gom?

  9. sokso

    i tried this but i cant play videos in VOB format.

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