We know well what a multimedia player is, who has never used one to watch a movie or listen to music? We normally refer to software on the computer or an app on the phone to play an audio or video file. We are all aware of the function of a Pc multimedia player and know the most popular ones like VLC, RealPlayer, KM Player, etc., but the multimedia player for Pc I want to talk about has different characteristics that redefines what a media player can do. 5KPlayer is a free media player that plays 4K/HD video and other files, downloads music videos online, reflects and records the phone screen, DLNA shares music and videos.
Features of the 5KPlayer Pc media player
What makes 5KPlayer special is the fact that it can do more than you would expect from a media player. In addition to playing 5K/4K/1080p video and MP3 AAC APE FLAC audio files, it can also transmit audio and video via AirPlay and DLNA without losing quality. You can also download videos from various online video streaming sites like YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, etc. 5KPlayer does not neglect traditional media such as DVDs and radios. It has a simple interface and from home you can intuitively choose the function you are looking for. In particular, here are the main features:
1. Supported gaming sources: video, music, DVD, live (radio)
2. YouTube: supports over 300 free online video sites. It allows you to download videos from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, etc.
3. AirPlay: streaming video music from iPhone iPad to computer or from computer to Apple TV. The AirPlay mirror records the iPad and iPhone screen.
4. DLNA: sharing music and video between Windows PC and DLNA compatible devices like Android phone, Smart TV, Xbox, PS4, etc.
Let’s now go to the details of the 5KPlayer media player.
Many file formats with hardware acceleration
Apart from all the extra features, the main goal of any media player is to play audio and video files. 5KPlayer supports MKV, M2TS, MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV video formats and audio formats such as MP3, AAC, AC3, WMA, FLAC and ALAC. Also 4K / 8K HDR videos in MP4, H.265 / 264, VP8 / VP9, MTS, MKV and FLV are supported by 5KPlayer on Windows 10.
5KPlayer also supports hardware acceleration with Nvidia, Intel, DXVA 2.0. This translates into better performance because heavy work is performed by a very capable GPU with minimal CPU utilization for decoding. This allows 5KPlayer to grind 8K/4K HDR video without any indecision.
My favorite feature of 5KPlayer is the fact that you can preview the timeline of the video that sometimes becomes quite useful.
Wireless streaming via AirPlay and DLNA
Since 5KPlayer supports Apple AirPlay, you can play music and video from your iPad, iPhone, iPod directly on your Windows 10 PC to enjoy content on a larger screen. You can even use a screen recorder to record the gameplay from Apple devices.
With DLNA, you can share multimedia content MKV, AVC, Webm, 3GP, VP8 / 9, AAC from your Android device directly to your PC, as well as the DLNA H.264 / MP4, MP3, AAC stream files from your PC to one smart TV, PlayStation 3/4, Xbox, etc.
It supports traditional media such as Radio and DVD
In addition to playing any video format resident on your computer, 5KPlayer can also play DVDs. However, it is worth pointing out that in order to rip a DVD, you will have to pay an extra $30 to access this feature.
You can also listen to your favorite radio stations. 5KPlayer already has several preset radio stations to choose from. These include BBC, Heart, Capital, Gold, LBC, XFM, Chill, Kiss, Kisstory, Magic, Kerrang, Planet Rock, Absolute Radio and Classic Rock. You can also add a custom radio URL.
A tool to download videos
The most unexpected features of 5KPlayer is the ability to download videos online. And with this function we are at the top, making the media player really complete. It can respond to different needs without having to exit the app and open other software as it happens with other media players. Also within this functionality that the software amazes for its completeness. You can not only download videos from YouTube but also from other online video platforms such as Facebook, DailyMotion, Vimeo, etc. You can also download MP3 / AAC / FLAC music from Soundcloud and other music sharing sites.
The functionality is intuitive, you just have to simply copy the URL of the video you find on the web and paste it into the top bar and 5KPlayer automatically detects the video details. You must then select the desired quality and you’re done. You also have an option to download only the audio from the video.
Overall, I’m very impressed with 5KPlayer. It is a very interesting product that has a wide range of features, considering also the fact that you can use all these functions for free. The user interface is not native Windows and the design is not the best, but from a freeware product it is more than justifiable.