Zoom Player Home MAX Review and Giveaway

This review is done by our Forum member Corker. Thanks to him for putting up this great review.

Greetings, Avinashtech Readers! Today we have another giveaway for you. 5 licenses for Zoom Player Home MAX are on the table for five lucky people to bring them home. But let’s not rush in, shall we? Spare your moment to read the following notes before joining the raffle.

There are tons of nifty multimedia player software for Windows PC around us. Much to our delight, most of them are freeware. However, grabbing a good one is a thing while finding one that can deliver the best watching experience is another thing. If I were a 52 years old man (No, Mike. I don’t mean you), I would be reluctant to be empirically testing those so-called filter, splitter, decoder, and renderer (any other -er-suffixed words I forgot to mention?) until I get the most correct ones. Especially with those myriad of suboption on KMPlayer. Instead, I will look up other software which is more automatic. This is where Zoom Player comes into play.

The first thing to understand, audio and video files we deal with are packet of data encoded into different container formats. Each format requires matching decoder to be able to be played. Combination between these two creates codec, a term I believe you often heard. It should not be difficult to attain a codec pack and begin enjoying any media file you want, thanks to plenty of independent developers that have created diverse codec packs for our disposal. Software hub site Softpedia also provides a dedicated subcategory from which we can download any codec pack that suits our need.

But with the abundant availability of codec packs, lies a secret fact less people might know. Installing codec pack may bring unexpected instability issue as they need to be registered to system. Moreover, components to be installed packed inside the setup are in bulk and not sorted out. What is the circumstances of this? We benefit from having all possible decoders to play any kind of formats in advance but at the downside we may end up installing similar-functioning components yet vague in terms of which one produces the best performance. Not to mention that sometimes some included codecs have become so outdated by the time the codec pack is released. These all could cause conflicts among filters.

To be able to decode various formats yet remain safe, this is a challenge Zoom Player has to answer. And Zoom Player comes up with clever approaches touting two prominent features.

Rather than throwing all components into a single setup package, Zoom Player separates the main component and additional component through a module called Install Center. Upon installation completion, Zoom Player will offer us to run Install Center after which Zoom Player will scan our system for missing components and then we can opt for downloading the best known and trustworthy decoding components we wish to have. Later, Install Center can be operated manually or automatically to check whether there are updates available. By this way, not only we will have a bunch of essential components but also guarantees that we will always have the latest required components without reinstalling the application itself.


The next prowess is Smart Play feature which overrides Windows filter and decoder selection so that we get the better rendering quality. Compared with decoder selected by Windows, a media being played through Smart Play selection can load faster and more reliable. That is because enabling Smart Play permit Zoom Player to pick the best component for decoding media files. It is advised to complete Install Center prior to Zoom Player initial run since Zoom Player will scan the system once more, this time for currently installed components to build play-profile.

Moving through the highlight to media playing functionality, Zoom Player is designed to be a media center instead of just being another media player. Upon installing Zoom Player, you can connect your PC to TV and convert it into a Home Entertainment Center or Home Theater PC. Zoom Player is capable of playing any multimedia files from images, music to videos from your local disk seamlessly as well as DVD and Blu-Ray movies from optical drive. In addition, it lets you to listen to radio broadcast from the Internet. These all are acquired upon assigning Install Center. You can create ringtone for your cellphone if you choose to include FFMPEG Core Files from Install Center (requires Zoom Player Home MAX).

Zoom Player comprises three “skins” for playing media based on its content:

a. Audio Mode: A simple and compact skin for listening to audio content.


b. Video Mode: A skin with display for viewing video content.

c. DVD Mode: An enhanced Media Mode for DVD Playback purpose with its capability of using decoders from multiple vendors and open source parties other than Microsoft. This feature favors Zoom Player over Windows Media Player when it comes to DVD Playback. You will be prompted to configure Video and Audio Decoder prior to play (DVD Mode is unavailable if you have less than Professional edition).


Other prominent features (agen, a few of them also require no less than Professional edition) include:

  • 5-Key (Up/Down/Left/Right/Select) Fullscreen Navigation Interface
  • Can remember last played position for media files and resume accordingly
  • Play incomplete AVI files, thanks to AVI Splitter
  • Can automatically extract and play any Archive format using user-specified extractors
  • Can play locked files allowing for previewing of files downloaded from eMule and similar P2P networks without having to copy the files first
  • Category based Media Library for easier file navigation using a remote device
  • Advanced Play List Control Interface and extensive Play List support (ZPL/B4S/M3U/WPL/ASX), including unicode file names
  • Automatically open multi-segment files using a user-specified file mask
  • Automatic detection of missing decoders, including links to downloading the latest versions
  • Black Listing of unstable/conflicting DirectShow filter
  • Can utilize advanced media features with AVI/OGM/Matroska wrappers, including multiple audio tracks, subtitles, chaptering, auto-language detection
  • 10-Band Equalizer and PreAmp with user selectable Presets
  • Bilinear Smooth Scaled Image Slideshow capability
  • OSD Navigation systems for Files, Blanking, Bookmarks, Chapters and Play Lists
  • Support for Windows Media Format 9 High Resolution Audio Renderering and multi-channel support
  • Dynamic range of Aspect Ratio settings including non square pixels relative adjustment, manual Fit-To-Rectangle Aspect Ratio, Anamorphic Aspect Ratio and even a Custom user-specified ratio
  • Easy control of Video Size and Positioning to reduce image overscan when used in conjunction with a TV-Output device
  • Video Orbiting system to prevent screen-burns on high end projectors and television sets
  • Blanking support to cover up non-black area of encoded Video (useful for widescreen DVDs or badly encoded media files)
  • Programmable keyboard editor, including support for chaining multiple functions to one key
  • Advanced mouse controls with per-button function allocation including a wide array of wheel supported features
  • Fully compliant with Multi-Monitor setups

Despite having many customization, Zoom Player has been tailored to accommodate all segment of users. By default the Options is set to be in Basic mode which should befit you the best if you are a novice. The more you are getting seasoned with Zoom Player, you can switch to Advanced Options anytime.

The latest release of Zoom Player is Zoom Player 8. The developer, Inmatrix had taken plenty of development time before unleashing it. But user wait did not end in vain since the developer manage to score a lot of improvements as the exchange. From what I get as a former Zoom Player 7 user, notable improvements on the current version are enhanced experiences for Windows 7 users. Taskbar of Windows 7 can be set to peek progress bar and tasklist.

Icon association also has changed. Previously, media files associated to Zoom Player would be starkly displayed as a bunch of round orange icons. No clue what format it was in. Now users can see the format of file inscribed at the lower part of the icon. In fact, you will be able to recognize whether a file belongs to an audio or video at once through icon color categorizing.

Another change I notice is smarter playback capability. I used to try to open a video which accidentally got renamed in a false format with Zoom Player 7 and it was failed. It could not figure out the real format. This shortcoming now has been overcome too. I take Zoom Player has utilized DirectShow’s potential utmost.


Zoom Player is a feature-rich multimedia player. With installation of right codecs, you can play all sort of media files. You are definitely going to be pleased with it if you know how to configure it properly according to your system specification. Unless you are experienced in video player software, you may feel its plethora of options is overwhelming. My two cents, start in Basic Mode if you are an average user and read the Help file before proceeding to Advanced. By the time you have mastered all, you can make your own profile settings that resembles your preference the most.

And it is certainly better than picking up a codec pack …..


Zoom Player ships with three flavors, Free, Pro, and Max. You may head over this page to learn more about the differences amongst the three. Thanks to Inmatrix, we have 5 licenses for Zoom Player Home MAX. The licenses entitle you to lifetime free updates as long as Inmatrix has not changed its policy. Just follow the simple rules below to enter in this draw.

1. Subscribe to Avinashtech by entering your email address in the subscribe box on right sidebar of the blog or by clicking this link. Do remember to verify your email address when you get the verification email from Feedburner.

2. Like the Facebook Fan Page of Avinashtech (If you don’t have a Facebook account you can skip this).

3. Tell us using comments, why you would like to have a license for this application.

4. Share this on Twitter, Facebook. (If you have an account there).

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  1. Thanks Avi for this Giveaway!
    Please consider me in. I like using the Pro version of this Media Player.

    THX, LJBU!

  2. Great review Corker. I’m not 52 years old, but I know almost nothing about codecs or those er-suffixed words, I usually double click a video file and I expect my media player to be able to play it with a decent quality and speed.

    Talking about media players I usually just configure the file associations, the subtitles options,the volume 😛 and that’s it, that’s why I want to win a license of Zoom Player Home MAX because it includes a basic mode which seems right for me and because until just recently I was looking for a different media player, tried a few free ones but none convinced me.

    Shared here:

    Please count me in.
    Thank you.

  3. Nice review. Thanks. Zoom Player Home is very good application in the free version. The most powerful version ( Max ) is simply brilliant. So I would like to obtain a license. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck to all.

  4. Thanks a lot Avinash and Inmatrix for the Zoom Player Max giveaway.I heard that its quite a good player which has many settings to fiddle around.Overall Zoom Player is worth a try.Special thanks to Corker for the detailed review.

  5. I saw many similar products but when I compare, I think Zoom Player Max has several advantages that other products do not have, I hope I become owner of one license key giveaway, I want to make it a surpriseThank you very much Avinashtech

  6. Awesome review Corker! Enjoyed reading it :D. Please count me in. I’ve decided to test my luck after reading your great review. Thanks to Avinash for organizing this wonderful giveaway 🙂

  7. Thank you..
    A nice passionate review for Inmatrix flagship product Zoom Player MAX.Zoom Player is one extremely competent player and highly customizable.

    I do use HTPC/PC & Media player (Netgear) I’m backing up practically every physical disc digitally, streaming/playing this way is just so much more convenient, everything accessible and much quicker.

    You know, I’ve always found it hard finding decent shareware models of MediaPlayers/Converters.Maybe I looked in the wrong places? I’m currently using VLC for my HTPC, I once bought Mirillis Splash, a turn-off hence do not support PGS/VobSub, this means Mirillis Splash do not render subtitles, besides very limited of supported formats. (Most HTPC owners would know what Mirillis Splash is).. For me a major thumbs down and warning to others.
    Well.. It’s a different program, pretty irrelevant for this review, I just felt like whining since paid for.—I do follow Inmatrix twitter, I do know there’s been a greater deal of development as of 2011/2012.

    This is a fantabulous offer.. I’m definitely interested in Zoom Player MAX.


  8. Thank for the informative review nicely done lad!
    Please do count me in this player look rich in feature and complete.

    Thank again guy!

  9. I have subscribed and like in facebook.  I like this software and I used this player free version before. Really this is a feature parcked software. Please count me in

  10. I have subscribed and like in facebook.  I like this software and I used
    this player free version before. Really this is a feature parcked
    software. Please count me in

  11. good player, used it before but had some problems with the subtitles. it has indeed a very good &clear audio output. pls count me in.

  12. Wow seeing the feature on the MAX version really made me speechless. Currently I’m using PotPlayer and the difference between both is like heaven and earth, I really must have the license.
    Thanks Avinash.

  13. The review was really an eye opener. Have been using PotPlayer. Did not know that Zoom Player can be a better option. Would love to have it!

  14. Loved the review corker!  I used Zoom Player several years ago and was very happy with it interface and capabilities… but ran into a few videos it couldn’t play… and then the codec hassles and so forth.

    Very happy to hear how much progress has been made and would love to have a license.  Count me in.


  15. Thank for this awesome giveaway it is no doubt a perfect if not the best player around. Please count me in! 

    Thank again for this. 🙂

  16. Hi! Good program and very Good site!

    Truly a fantastic offer! Please Count me 🙂

    Thanks, Sambasiva

  17. Wow great software. And nice technologies in place. We need newer techs like this. Thanks please count me in too. Good review corker.

  18. Please count me in the draw I would like to see how this compares to potplayer and vlc media player which I use at the moment!

  19. Real new year blast giveaway. Zoom Player Home MAX. i am using it free version. Good designed UI, support playback even from network, DVD Bookmark feature, Automatically extract and  play compress files. multiple level zoom and many more functions.
    Max version have all the pro features such as WMV DRM support, dvd password, enhanced playlist but also best feature like Mobile ringtones from media files, virtual editing support, EVR feature, multiple command lines.

    Love to have the MAX giveaway, Count me in

  20. Yes please, count me in – Zoom Player was  my player of choice back when it came in one version only and that was free, and Windows 98 was the latest and greatest…

    I would love to use it in all its glory again.
    Thanks, Simon.

  21. I would like to win this wonderful player since I want to have the best commercial media player licenced.

  22. i’ve seen the differences on their website. Zoom Player MAX is an awesome player as far as features concern. I definitely like to have this player for my pc. Please count me in. Thank you for wonderful giveaway. 

  23. I would like to have licence 
    for this application because i think that zoom player ist one of the best player available and with him you wont have problems with playing any media files.Thank you 
    for  this 

  24. Thanks Corker for this nice review.
    I used Zoom Player for a couple of years in the past and I liked it, but then I left because the features of the free version were no longer enough for me. Now it’s improved a lot, and I’d like to have a license. Thanks.

  25. Thanks for this contest and for this nice detailed review. Fantastic player, not only we can play almost anykind of video file but we can also listen to radio and make ringtones and to connect your PC to TV and convert it into a Home Theater PC. Thats really cool something i am not able to do with windows media player or easily.  will be happy to win a license of zoom player home max.

  26. Zoom Player Max is Provide great customization features. Great UI, Support Most used multimedia files. had feature of command lines, bluray decrypt, video editing, auto if video hang.non liner scaling.  The best is HTPC media center.
    count me in avinashtech for this.
    thanks for giveaway

  27. Zoom Player is a really nice player for all different kinds of media.
    If you’re seeking comfort, your right with Zoom Player.
    So I hope to win.
    Thanks for the review and this giveaway.

  28. this is my first time hear this player, afterthat, i’ve checking it at another site, amaze me alot…
    look like i’ll choose this to replace my P***R D*D, coz of this owesome review, so does giveaway…
    please, count me in…
    wanna try it as soon as possible…
    avinashtech, you rock!!!

    sorry for my bad english…

  29. II use WMP with Shark Codecs plays any thing but saying that this looks very interesting I havenever hear of it but if I am lucky enough to win then I will give it a go and see how it works, count me ion please and thanks.

  30. Thank you very much for this great giveaway. I don’t like Windows Media Player, and I think that Zoom Player is the best alternative, so please include me in the contest.

  31. I love this media player corker! I have been using Zoom Player for several years and I really like its interface and capabilities… although I ran into o a few videos that it couldn’t play because of the proper codec missing… Please count me in this contest to get a license.

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