A new version of the media player PotPlayer has been released just a few days ago. The first PotPlayer release of 2021 does away with Flash playback support among other things.
Ashwin reviewed PotPlayer in December 2020, and you may want to check out his review of the media player if you never used it before.
The software has a lot going for it: it plays all major formats out of the box, and it has become my go-to player for certain formats that other popular media players, including VLC Media Player, don't play at all or with lags.
First, the basics. You can download the latest version of PotPlayer for all supported versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system from the official project website. Just download the 32-bit or 64-bit version and run the installer after the download completes. The program installs over any existing version and will upgrade in the process.
Select PotPlayer > About to check the current version; the window that opens contains a check for updates button as well which may be used to do just that.
So, what is new in the first PotPlayer release of 2021? Adobe discontinued support for Adobe Flash at the end of 2020, and most companies that supported Flash in their products, e.g. browser makers like Google or Mozilla, or the open source Office suite LibreOffice, have removed support for it.
The PotPlayer update removes support for Flash playback; support required Adobe Flash on the system, and since this is no longer supported, PotPlayer has support for playing SWF files removed from its core.
The player supports AV1 DXVA playback in the new release as well. The two remaining feature additions are a Dutch translated version of the media player, and the ability to se skin visualizations in windows media visualizations.
Six different issues of previous PotPlayer versions have been fixed in the new release. The biggest, probably, fixed a MKV video playback issue that caused playback to be not as smooth as it should be.
The remaining issues fix various problems in the player, e.g. an error when editing a bookmark, or that SMI integrated subtitles could not be selected.
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