A friend of yours loaned you some movies to watch on your PC but the good old Windows Media Player won't open them? Don't despair. Just install the right application and you can enjoy all the movies you want, be they classic AVI, MP4, MPG, MKV or any other multimedia file format (including DVD). The right application, in this case, is called Daum potplayer.
Daum PotPlayer is a free media player for Windows that can read all major video and audio file formats, including damaged or incomplete HD videos and AVIs. It includes advanced controls for multimedia playback and various filters that allow you to apply a wide range of video and audio effects to the content displayed with the program. Here like watching movies on PC using it.
The first step you need to take to learn like watching movies on PC is to connect to this Web page and first click on the item related to Daum potplayer (Eg. Daum PotPlayer 1.5.38562 o PotPlayer 1.5.38562 – x64 Edition if you are using a 64-bit operating system) and then on the button Download to download PotPlayer on your PC.
When the download is complete, double-click on it to open the file you just downloaded (eg. PotPlayer1.5.38562.exe) and, in the window that opens, first click on Yes and then Next twice in a row, install, OK, yet Next e Finish to complete the installation process of PotPlayer.
Mission accomplished! Now for watch movies on your PC you just have to open the video to play with PotPlayer, double clicking on it, and the application should start automatically.
If not, right click on the video and select the item Property from the menu that appears. In the window that opens, click on the button Change and select Daum potplayer as the default program to open the selected file type (eg. AVI, MKV, MP4, etc.).
The PotPlayer interface is very intuitive (albeit in English). To control the multimedia playback of the video just use the buttons play, break, stop, forward e back located at the bottom left, while to access the audio equalizer and advanced controls for the video just click on the button control panel (located at the bottom right, next to the button Eject).
A small box with the controls will open AUDIO, VIDEO e SUBT (subtitles), through which you can equalize the audio currently playing, adjust the brightness, contrast and colors of the image, change the font of the subtitles and much more. There are also gods effects to be applied in real time to the videos played in Daum PotPlayer (e.g. blurring, contrast, rotation, flip, etc.) by clicking on the button Video processing.
You would like it watch movies on your PC directly streaming from the Internet? Then I highly recommend you take a look at my guide on how to watch movies in streaming in which I have reported several Italian sites that allow you to view streaming movies legally.
To enjoy the show you don't need any particular software, you can use any operating system and any browser: Internet Explorer, Chrome o Firefox that is. The important thing is that on the PC there are components such as Flash Player e Microsoft Silverlight.