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MPlayer WW, Lightweight MPlayer Frontend

MPlayer is one of the most popular media players. Many media players are actually using MPlayer as their core. This is for instance the case for the two players KMPlayer and SMPlayer. Both offer an improved interface and better direct customizability.

MPlayer WW is another variant for Windows users. It features a slick interface, great customizability and good resource management. It reduces the resource usage in Windows for a 700 Megabyte video file by about 15 Megabytes of computer memory when compared to SMPlayer, and even more if the video file size increases.

A configuration window is displayed on the first start of the program. It displays hundreds of available settings, which may confuse inexperienced users. Lots of settings can be changed here, from keyboard shortcuts to the video and audio decoder order, subtitle handling, file associations, and direct audio and video settings.


The preferences can be accessed in the player as well, which means it is possible make use of the default settings in the beginning, before making gradual changes to the player whenever necessary.


The MPlayer WW interface is minimalistic by design, and exactly what most users need. The default skin displays controls at the bottom in a small bar. The controls include play, stop, and seek options, access to the playlist, a see bar, volume, equalizer and fullscreen. Additional skins are available that can be activated directly, including Windows Aero skins.

Additional options are available via hotkeys and the mouse. The mouse is configured to trigger various options, including the ability to change the volume, to go forward and backward, stop the video, or enable full screen mode.

MPlayer WW is a solid media player with lots of features and options. It offers everything users expect from media players, and then some to please professional users as well.

* Multithreaded H264、MPEG-2 Decoder (ffmpeg-mt).
* Support DirectShow Demuxer and Decoder.
* Fully compatible with CoreAVC Decoder.
* PMP Demuxer for PSP media file.
* Better compatibility with TS, TP, HDTV.
* Skin and Windows Native Theme Support.
* Support Winamp's DSP plugins.
* Native Playlist and Video Equalizer Window.
* MEditor2 (MPlayer Preference) Graphic Setting Program.
* Direct3D and OpenGL Video Output.
* Auto Play Next file and so on (thinks for KK's patch)

Windows users who want to try the media player can download it from the developer website over at

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  1. Jojo said on September 13, 2010 at 12:48 am

    I will try this since KMPlayer seems to have ceased development.

  2. Jojo said on September 13, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I installed this and have played around with it.

    It works fine but is NO WAY as robust as KMPlayer!

    It doesn’t seem to remember screen position (and I cannot find any controls for doing so). It has a very limited right-click menu compared to KMPlayer.

    I could not figure out any way to do screen captures, frame advances and make other adjustments that are readily available in KMPlayer.

    1. Martin said on September 13, 2010 at 9:03 pm

      About screenshots, the hotkey is s for them. You may need to activate them in the settings though. Not sure what you mean with frame advanced, but if you mean going forward and backward, you can do that by pressing the right-mouse button down, and using the scroll wheel to do so.

      1. Jojo said on September 14, 2010 at 5:06 am

        Today, most everything I open in MPLayer is in portrait mode instead of landscape. Can’t figure out why this happened or how to fix it.

        Left click freezes the display but I cannot find anyway to go back or forth, one frame at a time or in increments of time.

        I have turned on the right-click menu display, so I can’ tuse the right mouse button anywhere

        The “S” key does nothing for me.

        There is no help available.

        I am dumping this thing! KMPLayer is heads and shoulders above this implementation. Hopefully, KMPlayer won’t be left to die.

  3. Jojo said on September 15, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Well. I thought that KMPlayer was dead, but apparently not!

    There is a new release out today:

    “In December 2008 KMPlayer was bought by, and continues to be made available as freeware.”

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