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Rich Media Player is a program that helps you play audio and video files. The utility also enables you to view online media files, which are indexed on the developer's server or can be accessed from popular video sharing websites like Vimeo, YouTube, Daily Motion, Metacafe etc.
With a nice and intuitive interface at your disposal, you can easily control whatever media files you are looking for. If you want to watch some files on your local hard disk, this tool will automatically make an index of all the media files found on the specified location. Generally speaking, the program supports almost all existing formats, both audio and video.
Furthermore, the program provides a video preview window, which you can minimize to the lower left corner of the interface. Meanwhile, you can look for something else, possibly the next video file to watch, and still get a glance at the running video. Unfortunately, there is no setting to let you change either the sound or the image. With this statement, I refer on the one hand, to the absence of an equalizer for audio and on the other hand, to the missing option to correct the brightness of the viewing video.
Apart from playing local files, the program facilitates the access to media files. In this regard, it comes with 4 distinct sections (Music, Online videos, Movies, and Shows), each providing automatic indexing criteria. No matter the files' location is (disk or online sources), you can create your own playlists. Since you don't have advanced settings for file managing, I consider that the developer exaggerated when stating that files can be organized into libraries; in my opinion, 'playlist' would be the proper word.
Another discrepancy between the functions mentioned on the official page and the ones accessible within the app itself would be the one regarding radio stations. I couldn't find any of those three hundred radio stations mentioned by the developer as available to listen to. What's more, although the range of features ends on the official website with the converting and downloading options, these are not to be found within Rich Media Player. I get the feeling they are the subject of different programs that function independently.
All in all, the program aims to be a complex tool, but in my opinion, it has failed. For instance, I would have liked to let me add subtitles to movies. As for listening or watching online media, there are other convenient alternatives. My last statement derives from the errors encountered when trying to watch movies on the developer’s server. Many of them didn't open, while the number of songs I could listen to was small.
- Automatic index of files
- Preview option
- Supports almost all existing formats
- No settings to change either the sound or the image
- No ability to add subtitles