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PotPlayer review

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TechRadar Verdict

It might look simple at first glance, but PotPlayer is an incredibly powerful media player with built-in editing and optimization tools, a screen recorder, and support for the latest video technologies.

Pros

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    Playback optimization

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    Video editing tools

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    3D and 360-degree video support

Cons

    PotPlayer is based on the much loved KMPlayer, and was created by the same team. This free media player plays any video and format imaginable, and can optimize them for the output device of your choice.

    PotPlayer

    Download here: https://potplayer.daum.net/ (opens in new tab)

    Type: Media player

    Developer: Daum Communications (opens in new tab)

    Operating system: Windows

    Version:  1.7

    PotPlayer's interface will be immediately familiar if you've used KMPlayer, but new users will soon get to grips with it too – just right-click to access all of the most important features. 

    PotPlayer is compatible with almost all formats, offers filters and effects to make your clips look even better, and can be customized with skins if you're not a fan of its dark default look.

    User experience

    Despite its clean, minimalist styling, 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.

    PotPlayer 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 using PotPlayer, add your own manually, and customize their appearance. The choice is yours.

    PotPlayer's 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.

    We expect PotPlayer's developers to expand these features as they become more mainstream.

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    Cat is the editor of TechRadar's sister site Advnture. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better)