KMPlayer 3.6 update introduces cool Instant View feature

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 13, 2013
Updated • May 4, 2013
Music and Video

The developers of the popular media player KMPlayer have just released version 3.6 of the player introducing several new features in the player and fixing one security issue in it as well. The big new feature in KMPlayer 3.6 is something that the developers call Instant View and the best way to describe it to you is to point you to YouTube.

When you play videos on YouTube and move your mouse cursor on the time bar of that video you will notice that a small preview thumbnail is displayed that highlights what is happening at the selected frame in the video. YouTube only shows the preview if the video has been buffered up to this point.

Instant View is more or less that feature. You can move the mouse cursor on the time bar to view a thumbnail of that position right away on the screen. The video itself plays on, and the main purpose of the feature is to provide you with better seeking options in the player as you can use it to preview the video position without jumping to it right away.

Version 3.6 of KMPlayer introduces several other features and improvements:

  • Better seek speed when MKV, MP4 or FLV video files are loaded in the player.
  • HTTPS Streaming
  • Improved FTP Server support (UTF-8)

Another new feature is the subtitle resync function that has been implemented into the player. Say you have a subtitle for a movie that is slightly out of sync, for instance because the version of the movie is different, or because the creator of the subtitle made an error. You can use the feature to adjust the subtitle so that it matches what is being said on screen. This can be achieved either by right-clicking the video file after the subtitle has been loaded and selecting Subtitles > Subtitle Resync or using the shortcuts outlined there.

KMPlayer 3.6 can be downloaded from the official website as a web downloader, or from linked third party download portals.

Note: KMPlayer includes several so-called adware offers in the installer. The KMP Toolbar, a custom version of the ASK Toolbar from the looks of it, and the Simplitec Power Suite program were offered during installation. A click on cancel on both screens prevents the installation of both programs on the local system.

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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