Thursday, January 24, 2008

PowerPlayer II (The professional video player for Winamp)

New Version 2.40d is now available.
Check the what's new section for new features.
Welcome to Winamp PowerPlayer II, a plugin that can turn your Winamp into a professional video player application. PowerPlayer can play video in windowed mode, fullscreen or even video on desktop. Handles any video file which is supported by DirectShow (includes MPEG-1, MPEG-2, DAT/VCD, ASF, WMV, MOV, AVI, DivX, Real Media, QuickTime Movies (v4.0 or later), and Flash Movies were also supported (with additional software). This latest version also have support for DVD playback.

In addition to standard features commonly found in video player applications, PowerPlayer offer unique features such as widescreen, panning, zoom, internal playlist, and much more. It has a simple interface, easy to use, and tightly integrated to Winamp. The program also takes benefit of available Winamp DSP (plugin) and EQ adjustment, to easily improve audio quality of the played video. Moreover PowerPlayer II is free !!

System Requirements
PowerPlayer doesn’t need any special hardware or sophisticated processor power to run. If Winamp can run smoothly on your system, then it is most likely that PowerPlayer will run just fine.These are the minimum requirements for running Winamp PowerPlayer :- Windows ® 95 or better.- Winamp 2.x - version 2.4 or above, Winamp 5.x. Winamp 3.x is unsupported.- IBM PC-compatible with a 166 MHz Pentium processor or better.- 570kB of free harddisk space.- 32 MB of RAM.- SVGA video card, 16 bit color.- Sound card and a compatible driver for DirectSound.- DirectX ® version 6.0 or newer installed.Minimum requirements for DVD playback :- Windows ® 98 or better.- Intel Pentium II 350Mhz or equivalent.- DVD-drive (with DMA enabled recommended).- 64 MB of RAM.- DirectX ® version 8.0 or newer installed.The (incomplete and untested) VMR support requires DirectX ® 9.0 and video adapter with DirectX-compatible hardware video acceleration.

Program Features
- Uses DirectShow technology for greater performance and compatibility.- Support a wide range of video types, any video types that supported by all DirectShow filters installed on the system.- Volume control with DirectSound interface to avoid messing with global mixers.- Displays video in normal 4:3 ratio or WideScreen, optimizes desktop space usage while viewing letterboxed video.- Support cropping video area on the fly.- Allow using alternate DirectShow Video Renderer filter available on the system.- Custom Audio Processing (FX) can be applied for any DirectShow effect filter available on the system.- Can be configured to use the new Video Mixing Renderer (VMR-9). Note : - MPEG-2 support may require additional software / hardware decoder.- Windows standard codec for QuickTime videos only support QuickTime compression version 2 or earlier. Try QuickTime Alternative if you want to play newer videos.- If you already have RealPlayer or RealOne player (recommended) installed, you’ll need RealMediaSplitter to have other DirectShow compliant players play Real Media files (including powerplayer). Try Real Alternative if you didn’t have / want to install RealPlayer.- You’ll need Flash Player ActiveX control to play flash movies with powerplayer. To confirm that you have this installed, open Internet Explorer and drag an swf file to it’s window. If the flash movie opened correctly, you already have this plugin. If not, visit MacroMedia website to get it.