With the tons of TV shows, movies, and documentaries out there in various different definitions and encoded in different codecs and formats, every user looks for the one player that is able to smoothly buffer videos and has the ability to open all sorts of files, ranging from .mp4‘s to .mkv‘s. I hated those days when I had to try to find a codec (that cost money) for Windows Media Player, and I am very grateful for programs out there that don’t have this sort of hassle attached with it.
GOM Player (Gretech Online Movie Player) is a tool that you can use to watch videos. I first started using GOM Player because my VLC Player would freeze my videos consistently (around ever several minutes or so). I’m currently troubleshooting this problem, but in the meantime I still wanted to find a way around this predicament. To my dismay, although GOM Player did read .avi files quite well, it required a codec in order to watch .mkv files. Not the end of the world, but certainly a bit less impressive than VLC’s all-around compatibility right out of the box.
GOM Player has a retro interface. It actually looks really dated, for better or worse. It kind of reminds me of RealPlayer from way back in the day. (Remember that? Totally slipped my mind until I saw GOM Player. As it turns out, it’s still very alive — if you’re interested in media player alternatives, you might want to have a look at it!) It’s really quite speedy though, and didn’t slow my computer down a smidge.
The controls of GOM Player are located at the bottom of the player, with Preferences and Control Panel being two of the main options to focus on.
As with VLC Player, GOM Player has a ton of options and preferences that you can tweak. One really crucial one for me was On top while playing, it’s really quite useful when I’m doing some recreational web browsing but also want to tune into that episode of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
There are also a bunch of other great preferences you can set. For example, there’s a nice convenient option that allows you to open GOM Player in full-screen whenever you open a file. That saves a couple of clicks here and there. Although it might sound a bit silly, I actually found this option to be a delight, as I always open my files in full screen anyway. It just works, and it makes sense!
The Control Panel is a great way to adjust playback, as well as stuff like screenshots and audio settings.
There’s a unique function that allows you to adjust screen capture settings, such as file location and image quality, and whether or not you want it as a wallpaper. This is a quick neat feature — there have been many scenes where I’d wanted to set as a landscape for my desktop. Scenes like setting shots in shows like Mad Men, or those vibrant, vivid shots from films like Baraka make for great, high-quality wallpapers.