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Free Freeware
Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
Apr 3, 2015
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The Core Media Player Review

Sven Sorensen
A flexible video and media player that supports skins and Winamp plugins
A review of The Core Media Player by Sven Sørensen

The Core Media Player is a music and video player which was popular in the mid-2000s and though it's faded in popularity, still has a loyal following.

The media player reminds us of Winamp for many reasons, not least of which is the fact it can be skinned and supports many Winamp plugins. In terms of settings and setup, The Core Media Player is also very similar to Winamp but the underlying code is certainly different.

Using The Core Media Player isn't difficult and the controls are exactly what you would expect with support for PLS playlists and the usual Play, Pause, Stop, Next and Previous buttons.

This media player can support all of the major audio and video formats without a hitch and can also load DVD video discs without additional filters, plug-ins or extensions. Playing MP4, MP3, MPEG, AVI and QuickTime media was not an issue.

For visualizations, TCMP comes with some lovely effects that can be activated by downloading Winamp Visualization plugins in the VIS format. They work for both video and audio file playback.

All in all, The Core Media Player is definitely a keeper and a great media player even though its hay day has passed. Combine that with some awesome Winamp visualizations and audio plug-ins and you've got yourself a really stable and enjoyable media player with TCMP.

The Core Media Player features and highlights:
  • Advanced DirectShow based Core
  • All A/V types are easily extendable by installing new DirectShow filters
  • Skin support with real time Hue variation and Alpha blending
  • Playlist support based on a XML/DTD architecture code-name Nefertiti. This allows you to set properties for each Playlist file entry (ie: equalizer settings, subtitles, title, Aspect Ratio, etc)
  • Playlist file types supported M3U, PLS, NPL, XML
  • Support for Winamp Digital Signal Processing (DSP) plug-ins for audio and video files
  • Support for Winamp Visualization (VIS) plug-ins for audio and video files
  • Advanced Core Dynamic Libraries (CDL) architectures providing a good way for third-party developers to enhance and add possibilities to be the player. (ie: Remote support, lyrics, subtitle format support, etc)
  • DirectShow summoner: an easy way to force a DirectShow filter to join a filtergraph
  • Dual-View monitor support
  • Adjustable Media playback speed
  • Graphedit Server for manipulating audio and video streams
  • Multithreaded capable for optimized speed
  • Console mode with Full Command Line Interface (CLI) Features
  • Bookmarks & chapters support
  • Easily customizable hotkey support
  • Player database statistics
  • Full tray icon controls
  • Autoplay shell integration

The Core Media Player is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from video players without restrictions. The Core Media Player 4.11 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).

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Compatibility with this audio and video player software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version of The Core Media Player may be available from CoreCodec.

The Core Media Player has been picked by our editors as very good.
The Core Media Player has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested The Core Media Player 4.11 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]

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