UMPlayer, which stands for Universal Media Player, is probably a fine build media play that fills all your needs. It’s got dozens of advanced features and built-in codecs that can handle almost all media format that’s available on the market. If you find the default Windows Media Player that comes with Windows doesn’t fit your needs and are a bit of bored of VLC, you may find UMPlayer is probably your next default media player on your computer.
UMPlayer has 270 audio and video codecs built in, including AAC, AC3, ASF, AVI, DIVX, FLV, H.263, Matroska, MOV, MP3, MP4, MPEG, OGG, QT, RealMedia, VOB, Vorbis, WAV, WMA, WMV, XVID, you name it, which literally ended the endless codec hunting nightmare.
It’s also cross-platform ready for Windows, Mac OS/X, and Linux. But what about mobile platforms? Hopefully seeing UMPlayer on iPhone, Windows Phone, soon.
After playing around a bit, I found myself particularly like the way how it handles the subtitles to the media you play. It’s so flexible that not only can you configure your subtitle to the media, but also find and download the missing subtitle right from the internet within the program.
UMPlayer also works with YouTube and SHOUTcast streams, record the stream right to your computer so it can be played later on.
Overall, it’s a great media player alternative to VLC and Windows Media Player. But if codec is the only nightmare you found in Windows Media Player, you can give this Windows 7 Codecs Package a shot. It has worked great for me.