UMPlayer is short for Universal Media Player Its name suggests that it is able to play every media file format out there, which is due to its inbuilt library of numerous codecs supporting various file formats inherently. It includes backward compatibility for audio CDs, DVDs, VCDs, TV or Radio cards. It can also play streaming channels like YouTube and SHOUTcast. There are many advanced features like inbuilt subtitle search, YouTube video browser, recorder and much more.
It is an advanced media player with lots of features under a simple to use and understand interface. These include enhanced file rendering, YouTube player and recorder, subtitle search and sync, audio sync, completely skinnable user interface and dozens of other advanced features.
It is a cross-platform media player and has been written completely in Qt, which supports GNU/Linux, Mac and Windows.
- Its built-in codecs saves you any effort of manually downloading third party codecs to play any video format. It has a huge collection of over 270 codecs for various file formats available online.
The era of open source stuff is increasing gradually and is also proving more enhanced and efficient compared to paid software. UMPlayer is yet another effort by the community. Their source code is written in Qt, which helps you to write the code just once and recompile it for any device, platform without any more hassle and coding.
- The complete code is hosted in the Subversion repository at SourceForge.net. This allows developers to improve the software and add many more features as time goes by and keep improving further.
The download is available in four different formats depending upon the platform. You can choose between Windows, Mac, Linux based RPM or Linux based Debian packages. Alternatively, you can also download the source code as a tarball, which is a compressed format. This section also has the complete steps for downloading the repository at sourceforge.net. Additionally, you also need to download the Qt Framework to develop the code. Their latest version is 0.95 for all except Windows which has 0.98 available for download.
Overall, a lot has been poured into the media player to really make it universal. It has unique features like being able to play broken and incomplete downloaded files too. UMPlayer is really something, you will love and want to continue using it. Clearly, there is more than what ordinary media players can provide.
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