Microsoft has made Windows 10's default Windows Media Player play MKV and HEVC videos naturally. It's really good news for Windows users. Nevertheless, some people still think that Windows Media Player cannot completely meet their needs due to its limited supported video formats and unexpected video playback errors, say, Windows Media Player won't play AVI. If you're the one searching for free WMP alternative to play video on Windows 10, you can find the top three free Windows 10 video players here. They can help you play videos in MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, M2TS, AVCHD, MPEG-TS, EVO, MKV, HEVC, AVC, MOD, FLV, etc. directly and smoothly.
The best video players for Windows 10 are selected according to many rules, including supported video audio formats/codecs, output video audio quality, required system resources while working, OS compatibility, ease of use, security and stability, help and support, etc. Finally, we singled out best 3 free video players for Windows 10, namely, 5KPlayer, KMPlayer and GOM Player.
5KPlayer is a powerful lightweight free video player for Windows 10 (64 bit & 32 bit), 8, 7, etc., designed with elegant user interface and straightforward layout. Coming with all video audio codecs, it is able to play all video files including popular video file formats like MP4, H.264, AVI, WMV, ASF, FLV, M4V, WEBM, MPEG1/2, RM/RMVB and also 1080p HD videos like MKV, HEVC, AVC, MOD, M2TS, AVCHD, MPEG-TS, TP, EVO, etc. 5KPlayer enables users to play videos on Windows 10 with perfect audio effect thanks to its high quality audio system. It costs low CPU when playing videos including 1080p HD videos and 4K 8K ultra HD videos. It is 100% free and clean.
Actually, 5KPlayer can do more than playing videos on Windows 10: it can function as a free Windows (10) DVD player, free video music downloader to downloading movies/videos/music from 300+ video sites, an AirPlay sender and receiver to stream video music files, a music audio player and also a radio player.
5KPlayer Review on CrunchyTricks:
"5KPlayer, with its compact multi functions and quick user accommodation, is currently my best choice on Windows 10."
KMPlayer is another excellent free video player for Windows 10. It supports a great variety of video file formats, AVI, WMV, FLV, MKV, just to name a few. KMPlayer allows users to play video files without any separate codec thanks to its own internal codec. It plays videos without running all of your resources. Moreover, it supports a host of languages, including English, German, French, Spanish, etc. Free as it is, it is completely clean, very powerful, and highly customizable. But sometimes, you may come across some errors like play videos in Windows 10 with noise, cannot show video, can't play H.264/MP4/MKV.
Besides working as a free video player for Windows 10, you can use it to:
- Play audio files in different file formats.
- Share your video and music online with your friends with the new cloud feature KMP Connect.
GOM Player is also a popular video file player for Windows 10, 8, 7 or lower. Like the previous two video players, it is fully compatible with mainstream video formats, such as, AVI, MP4, MKV, FLV, WMV, MOV, and more. Most importantly, it is able to help locate missing videos automatically using the Codec Finder, when it is unable to recognize and play the video you throw to it. But what may disappoint you is its ad-supported nature. After you close a GOM Player window or exit the program, a splash screen will hit you with ads before you close it.
GOM Player also provides other useful options, such as, extract audio track from video as an MP3 file with Advanced Audio Capture, capture image, speed up/slow download video playback speed, change the skin of the interface, etc.
With the one of the recommended free Windows 10 video players, you can play most video files on Windows 10 with ease. But if you still cannot play some obscure video file formats or 4K UHD videos on Windows 10, you are suggested to use a powerful video converter to convert videos to Windows 10 fully compatible video formats and compress 4K UHD videos for Windows 10 devices. >> Download GOM Player for Windows 10
WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe – It is one of the top video converters for Windows 10, 8, 7, etc. With this software in hand, you can convert any videos to Windows 10 computers/phones/tablets supported file formats. It is easy to convert MP4 to MKV, MKV to MP4, M2TS to MKV, H.264 to H.265 (HEVC), etc. Moreover, it can help compress 1080p HD, 4K UHD videos for smooth playback on Windows 10 devices with minimum quality loss. Output profiles for Windows 10 laptops/tablets/phones will be added to this converter quickly.
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