Download of the day: PotPlayer

Our daily pick of the best free Windows software – a free media player and editor with support for 360-degree video

PotPlayer is a superb free media player that'll handle virtually any video and audio format you can throw at it. It's incredibly advanced, using hardware acceleration to make the most of your PC's components, and can form the heart of a home media center with output video to your HD TV.

If you're passionate about music, TV and movies, give PotPlayer a go – it could be the only tool you need, and it's completely free.

Why you need it

PotPlayer contains everything you need for enjoying music and videos. In addition to the media player itself, it includes a screen recorder (with live streaming), TV receiver, and a video editor.

Key features

Excellent format support

360-degree and 3D video

Video editor

Live streaming

The media player can handle files from local storage, URLs and FTP servers, analog and digital TV, DVDs and Blu-rays – all with playback optimized to suit your preferred output device. You can download and sync subtitles, add your own manually, and customize their appearance. The choice is yours.

The video editor lets you blur or sharpen the image, adjust levels, rotate, mirror, warp and reduce noise to ensure your clips look as good as possible. There's also support for 360-degree and 3D video, so you can fully immerse yourself in the action. Expect PotPlayer's developers to expand these features as they become more mainstream.

Download PotPlayer free

All these options are wrapped up in a smart interface that's uncluttered and simple to navigate.There's an array of skins to choose from, including some optimized for touchscreens, and many more are available to download free.


Cat is TechRadar's downloads editor. She's been a tech journalist for six years on magazines including PC Plus, Official Windows, PC Format and Windows: Help & Advice (with a brief stint in PR for the nuclear industry in between). If you have a question about software, drop her a line!