Kantaris Media Player can play almost anything you can throw at it - AVI, MPEG, MGEG-AVC, WMV, MOV, MKV, quicktime, matroska, divx, xvid, H264, MP3, WMA, OGG files and more. It can also play DVD's and audio cd's. The player also displays some of the most beautiful music visualizations ever seen. All this is completely free. It is based on code from Videolan client (VLC) and Bass audio library. The graphical user interface is similar to that of Windows Media Player.
Reviewing 0.7.7 (Jul 4, 2011)
Apart from being bundled with adware, bloated, resource-hungry, almost uncustomizable and ugly, the terrible buttons 'Playback', 'Last FM Radio', 'Movie Trailers' and 'Video Library' cannot be hidden, which makes Kantaris totally unusable. There are no longer portable versions which means that the developer is pushing the users into the adware trap.
Reviewing 0.7.1 (May 8, 2011)
VLC is the most stable player ......
Reviewing 0.7.1 (May 7, 2011)
I couldn't figure out why it kept crashing so much.. then I realized it was based on VLC.. the most buggy player out there.. VLC was nice.. 10 YEARS ago when there was few alternatives... now VLC is a joke thats years behind in development of pretty much everything else out there..
Reviewing 0.6.4 (Dec 11, 2009)
Few video controls: no seek, no AB. Crashes if multiple instances are used.
Reviewing 0.6.3 (Nov 4, 2009)
"13Mb? Get real. KMplayer creams this"
What do you have? 120MB harddrive?
Reviewing 0.6.3 (Nov 3, 2009)
I like the movie trailers feature but that's about it. I wouldn't watch video files using this.
Reviewing 0.5.7 (Jul 6, 2009)
It's based on the VLC Media Player with a different GUI but not as powerful as VLC. If it serves your needs then install it, otherwise stick to VLC. You're a glutton for punishment if you're using WMP as it is a resource hog and you need to install a codec package to view video files. Choices are many out there so stick to what you think is best, even though VLC is the best. Not using Kantaris, I will give it a 2 just because it has the VLC code embedded.
Reviewing 0.5.7 (Jul 5, 2009)
@LakotaElf: People are here to review the software and they can have deferent opinion than you. Don't like it then stop visiting this website or just STFU about that complaining lalalala crap.
Reviewing 0.5.7 (Jul 4, 2009)
AVI jerky playback on P4 2.8 GHz
OK on Core2Duo
sticking with MPlayer for Windows
Reviewing 0.5.6 (Jul 3, 2009)
I like this player and have never had a problem with it, it works well and does what I want it too. So I have no complaints about it, I have been using it for a while now and I really like the GUI, attractive and they are always making improvements of which that is more than some do. This is FREE so what is there to complain about. You can do better, well lets see it then!
Reviewing 0.5.5 (Jul 2, 2009)
The app is a basic player that installed and runs well in Windows 7. The interface though simple is in my opinion bulky but that in no way detracts from the way it runs. There are more then enough audio players available and more comin so if this app wants to compete I feel it needs something to make it stand out. I will be watching.
Reviewing 0.4.1 (Nov 12, 2008)
This program looks promising but GOMPlayer s*cks?Ok, GOMPlayer having diffuculty playing HD files, but together with AlShow GOMPlayer is far out the best freeware player in the market today. What about BSPlayer Pro, isn't adware anymore and well programmed, but I find it a bit too slow loading in all plugins but I think it is having less dificulty playing HD files and is using low CPU
Reviewing 0.3.8a (Aug 13, 2008)
It might be a good player when it will reach version 1.0 release. Right now it's too buggy to use it and it's written in .NET, rotfl. GOM Player also sucks, it hardly plays HD videos which is a must feature in these days. I believe right now the best of freeware players is the KMPlayer. It's not perfect but still it's much better that any other free player out there.
Reviewing 0.3.5 (Apr 30, 2008)
Not bad, based on VLC source, with same format support, and maybe a better used interface.
Is simplicity is in your mind, VLC would be a better choice. For novice, maybe Kantaris is a good option.
For pros, concerned on efficiency, better choose MPlayer.
Reviewing 0.3.1 (Jan 24, 2008)
They just took VLC (a great player) and built an ugly, slow and rather buggy GUI for it. Of course throw in some junk like Apple trailer support for good measure. Visualizations? What year is this, aren't people tired of those yet? I mean I thought they were cool in 1998 but even then I got bored with them pretty quick.
Much better players out there, VLC of course and Media Player Classic, GOM Player, etc.
Reviewing 0.2.5 (Nov 12, 2007)
I had to try it to see if it was that bad... (System Restore Point of course).
Don't bother. 'nuff said. With several awesome free mediaplayers already available just how many do we need?
Start with VLC and KMPlayer for two good players primarily with internal codecs then try Zoom Player and Media Player Classic.
Despite the fact that I bought MCE 2005 because I'm a videophile I really don't use WMP11 or Media Center as there's too many issues with non DVD-Video.
I just recently tested Vista x86 and Vista x64 and I was shocked at how poor video and game support is. After considerable testing and searching for ways to optimize fully I came to the conclusion that there's no point testing again until after Service Pack 1 is released which I'm assuming will fix most of the poor video performances.
Yes, Vista will improve and eventually will be better than XP in most ways but it really was released prematurely (late and premature at the same time).
I guess what I'm trying to say is don't bother releasing a program like this unless it's comparable to what already exists.
Reviewing 0.2.0 (Aug 29, 2007)
in the meantime it is possible to use drag & drop to play files within the player and the installation routine also asks for file association (audio/video) - this could be more specific.
basically it's a stripped down version of vlc. There's not much more than play and stop. Probably works for the majority of users.
3 stars because I cannot see the necessity/specialty of the application.
Reviewing 0.2.0 (Aug 29, 2007)
this piece of software sucks... crashes like hell and for the few options that it has... it's not fast responsive and fast playing.
and about the visualizations... they are not original, does Sonique player ring a bell?
Reviewing 0.1.9 (Aug 28, 2007)
This is a really neat thing ^^
but i did find a flaw, when i play "[Anonymous] Potemayo - 07 (AVC Vorbis) [7B2FDBB5].mkv"
it cant load any subtitles for some reason.
Reviewing 0.1.7 (Aug 13, 2007)
very poor textures in GUI
Reviewing 0.1.3 (Jun 30, 2007)
It doesn't yet have the ability to use the same window to open different extensions.
For some weird reason i cannot save my settings the few that there are
but the visualizations are amazing some of the best i have ever seen
Reviewing 0.1.3 (Jun 29, 2007)
You cannot drag and drop media files onto the player to load them, and it takes over video file associations without asking.
It also has problems with a blank screen during playback under Vista, but since VLC has the same problem, I can't knock it for that.
Interesting project, but it seems to be headed in the wrong direction for my tastes.
Reviewing 0.1.3 (Jun 29, 2007)
It's based on Videolan code and just went public over a year of private programming. No bugs thus far, nice interface, good codec support.
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