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I have been using Windows Media Player in my Windows 7 and I found that it can't play some type of video formats like MKV. So I am searching for a new player which:

  • supports any type of video files
  • supports any type of audio files
  • should be under 30 MB in size
  • should provide volume above 100 (because Windows Media Player is not so good in case of volume)
  • should be easy to use
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I would recommend VLC

  • it will play just about any video/audio you throw at it (except rmvb)
  • it is not under 30mb in size, it's around 100mb (after installation), but this is due to
    it containing all the codecs it needs instead of relying on the
    system codecs - I don't think you will find much improvement here if you count the size that other players would need for codecs while still being able to play everything
  • it can provide volume above 100 (up to 200% via scrolling, up to 400% via keys)
  • it is pretty darn easy to use, and there is a lot of support for the more advanced features.

other positives:

  • it's free and open source
  • it supports streaming and viewing streams (webcams/etc.)
  • it has great subtitle support
  • it is highly customizable - you can add/remove buttons to the menu/toolbar based on your needs, set the buffering for network files, etc.
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How is VLC not under 30 MB ? When I checked to download it, it is just 23.6 MB. –  Manu Jacob Aug 27 at 4:18
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@ManuJacob: After extracting it, it’s around 100 MB. (Your question didn’t make clear if you are concerned about download size, or size after extracting/installing.) –  unor Aug 27 at 12:58

I would recommend Media Player Classic - Home Cinema. It has the same interface as the old media player in WinXP but plays most video and audio files.

I find MPC-HC is easier to turn subtitles on and off compared to VLC.
It is about 36mb and is open source.

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I found on my old netbook that MPC-HC was less resource intensive then VLC. Where VLC would occasionally stutter when playing back HQ video MPC-HC played it back smoothly. –  AeroX Aug 27 at 14:46
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also it has a big advantage over VLC: it supports hardware accelerated video decoding –  Nazar554 Aug 27 at 15:08
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And it installs codecs on the system for WMP as well, so in case you later wanna play things with WMP, you can. –  Awal Garg Aug 27 at 16:14
    
MPC-HC is better than VLC in term of performance, but I feel it lacks a few features that VLC has, such as frame-by-frame playback. –  DJDavid98 Aug 27 at 16:32
    
@DJDavid98 - MPC has the feature of frame stepping. In options and under keys there is an option called Frame step. we can assign a shortcut. –  Ĭsααc tիε βöss Aug 27 at 18:42

My (current) favorite is GOM Player

Pros

  • good built-in codecs
  • detects missing codecs and suggests download (rarely needed with its built in support)
  • good automatic playlist generator
  • equalizer, 100%+ sound volume etc...
  • weird settings are hidden
  • most common settings can be found in context menu
  • free to use

Cons

  • weak non-dvd format subtitle support (but they are working on it, ASS got added in last update)
  • some controls are different from most of players, eg. double click is play/pause instead of fullscreen on/off. Might be confusing to use for first 10 minutes.
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double click is play/pause instead of fullscreen You can change that under Options > Mouse. –  MrLore Aug 28 at 14:39

KMPlayer is my favorite video player. I prefer it over VLC.

Pros

  • Plays every file extensions that I have encountered. In fact, their tag line is "we play all".
  • Free.
  • The latest version is 31Mb(download size).
  • Supports high resolutions with ease.
  • Also available for mobile platform.
  • Has ability to skip by 5 seconds by pressing right arrow key and a similar function with left arrow key. VLC media player does not have this feature. I find this feature very useful and is the only reason I prefer this over VLC media player.[See comments](On a side note; GOM player also has this feature but instead of 5 seconds it skips 10 seconds. For some reasons I found 5 second-skip better)
  • Always above feature(which can be toggled on or off).
  • Excellent and easy to use subtitles controller. Using subtitle explorer, you can re-sync your subtitles for the perfect experience.
  • It is more visually appealing than players I've used.

Con: The latest version displays ads! But there is a workaround here.

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VLC can jump forward or backward in the video. By default, it seems it uses Shift+arrow to skip 3 seconds, or Alt+arrow to skip 10 seconds etc. But you can change these keys, and configure how much it skips for each press (see Tools > Preferences, then set Show Settings to All, then Hotkey settings). –  vclaw Aug 27 at 15:44
    
@vclaw That was enlightening. Thank you. –  Moron Aug 27 at 15:45
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You can also try PotPlayer, a similar player created by the same guy who made KMplayer. –  blablatros Aug 27 at 20:35

As @user2813274 stated, VLC is a good program when it comes to 'play anything'. But as he mentioned, VLC is able to do so thanks to its built-in codecs. Thats not bad, but it's possible to download those codecs separately and use whatever mediaplayer you want

I prefer K-Lite Code Pack, but I'm sure there are more of them to be found on the internet.

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