In an effort to provide the best multimedia experience possible for tech users of every need, a lot of developers have put out media player software. And while they can all claim to be the best, the fact of the matter remains that so many of these players are just nicely branded repeats of the same old functionality. That’s why it’s newsworthy when a title comes out that actually does provide a host of features that can’t be found everywhere else.

PotPlayer

If you wanted to find fault with PotPlayer, the truth of the matter is it’s so advanced that everyday users who just want an application to watch emailed videos of their niece’s dance recital may struggle a little bit. The media player is really geared towards the higher-end user who needs more features and more customizable advanced settings than you get with the standard pre-loaded media player.

One of the first eye-catching features is the ability to seamlessly import files from just about anywhere without having to worry about compatibility across file types. Whether it’s an upload, a URL, an attachment from a friend, whatever, PotPlayer can work with it while keeping its user interface nice and neat without a ton of eye-buzzing clutter.

Within the player itself is a handily smart screen capture capability, letting users grab only the footage they need to work with. This is especially handy for editing purposes or for pulling out only the content you need from a much longer file.

There are a tone of video and audio rendering features, more than the average user will ever have a need for. It’s nice to know those features are there (and tucked out of the way) if you ever do need them, though, and advanced users will find more options than they’ll typically use in a single project. One of the coolest features is the ability to have PotPlayer power down or sleep mode your computer when the rendering is done, meaning you can head off to bed while the file finishes its processes and not wake up to a surprise to find that the video production stopped when the sleep mode kicked in from lack of user interaction.

One of the most intelligent features–and one that will quickly become mandated in certain markets due to pending legislation–is the subtitle feature. With support for both SUP and DIVX subtitles, users of a variety of language and hearing abilities will have even broader access to video and audio content. This has long been one of the chief obstacles that has prevented MOOCs and open-source video instruction from taking off in education, especially at the public school level. The requirement for subtitle access is being written into law in many places, but is already in place for education budgets.

Best of all, PotPlayer is light on disk space in spite of the abundance of features. It’s now available for download from FileHippo by clicking HERE.