Programs for Viewing Videos

After reading my guide on which laptop to buy, you have decided to ditch your old computer and buy a new one. Once you have completed the first configuration and transferred all your most important data, you have also started installing the first programs. In order not to find yourself again with a computer full of useless software, you have decided to proceed with caution: in particular, you would like to know which program to use for playing movies, choosing the one that best suits your needs and can read the main formats video. If so, let me tell you that you've come to just the right place at the right time.

With today's tutorial, in fact, I will show you a series of programs to view videos among those that I consider most interesting. For each software mentioned, in addition to showing you the detailed procedure to download and install it on your computer, I will show you how to best use it and what its main features are. In addition, for information, you will also find a list of applications to view your videos from smartphones and tablets.

Can't wait to find out more? So let's not waste any more time chatting and let's get to the heart of the matter immediately. Courage: make yourself comfortable, take five minutes of free time and dedicate yourself to reading the next paragraphs. After choosing the program that best suits your needs, follow the instructions I'm about to give you and I assure you that downloading and installing it on your computer will be as easy as drinking a glass of water and, in no time at all, you will be ready to watch them all. the videos you want. Happy reading and have fun!

Pre-defined Programs for Viewing Videos

If you are looking for programs to view videos to download and install on your computer, before wasting precious time, you can evaluate the software that is already available as "standard" on your computer.

There is a PC with Windows 10, to view the videos on your computer, you can use the application Movies and TV which also allows you to rent / buy movies and TV series and get the latest TV shows.

If, on the other hand, you have an older version of Windows, you can use Windows Media Player. If you can't find it on your computer, log in to Control Panel, scegli l'opzione Programs and click on the items Turn Windows features on or off e Multimedia features. Now, put the check mark next to the item Windows Media Player e pulsing sul pulsating OK to start reinstalling the popular software for playing video and audio files.

If by following the instructions I have just given you, you are unable to install Windows Media Player on your computer again, most likely an "N" edition of Windows is installed on it, which does not include the Microsoft multimedia player. . If this is your case, you can take a look at my guide on how to download Windows Media Player in which you will also find directions for downloading the package Media Feature Pack which allows you to install Windows Media Player even on an “N” edition of Windows.

A Poppy, on the other hand, the program installed as "standard" on your computer with which you can play videos in MP4, M4V and MOV format is QuickTime Player. If the latter is not present on your Mac, you can download it for free from the official Apple website.

VLC Media Player (Windows/macOS)

If the programs installed by "standard" on your computer do not completely meet your needs, you can consider VLC Media Player. If you have never heard of it, it is an open source software that allows you to read numerous video formats without adding external codecs, to play streaming videos and that offers numerous other features.

If you think VLC is the most suitable program for your needs, connect to its website and click on the button Download VLC to start downloading. Once the download is complete, if you have a PC Windows, double-click the file vlc- [version] .exe, pigia sul pulsating OK to confirm the choice of Italian language (or choose the one you are interested in using the drop-down menu) and click on the button forward three consecutive times. Press the button Install, wait for the installation to complete and click on the button Close to start VLC and close the window.

If, on the other hand, you have a Poppy, april il dmg package just downloaded, move VLC in the folder Applications macOS and open the latter, then right-click on the program icon, choose the item apri from the menu that appears and presses the button apri to circumvent the limitations imposed by Apple on applications from non-certified developers (this is necessary only at the first start).

You are now ready to view the videos of your interest with VLC. If you have a PC Windows, start the program, click on the item Media in the top menu, choose the option Open file, select the movie to play and click on the button apri. On Poppyinstead, presses the button Average apri, scegli l'opzione Shop by Department and select the video to view. Alternatively, you can either drag-and-drop the file into the VLC window or select options Fillet e Open file from the menu bar.

You should know that you can also view a video with VLC by right clicking on the file to open and selecting the items Open with e VLC Media Player. Alternatively, if you've set VLC as your default video player, you can start playing a movie simply by double-clicking on it. If not, you might find my guide on how to set VLC as default to help.

MPC-HC (Windows)

Another good program for viewing videos is MPC-HC (Media Player Classic Home Cinema), a free software that allows you to play all major multimedia file formats (without the need for codecs).

To download MPC-HC on your computer, connect to the official website of the program and click on the button MPC-HC Download now!. Once the download is complete, double-click the file MPC-HC-[versione].exe, pigia sul pulsating Run and click on your voice Yes to allow the software to make changes to your computer, then confirm your choice of Italian language pressing on the button OK and click on the buttons forward (for five consecutive times) e Install. Wait, then, for the installation to be completed, put the check mark next to the item Start MPC-HC and click on the button end to start the program and close the window.

At the first start of MPC-HC, press the button Yes to enable automatic check for program updates: a function that you can disable, in case of second thoughts, by clicking on the items View e options and acting in the section Various.

Now, click on the entry Fillet, scegli l'opzione Open file, pigia sul pulsating Shop by Department, select the movie of your interest and press the button apri to start playback. If, on the other hand, the video you want to view is online, enter the URL in the field apri and click sul pulsating OK. It will be useful to know that if the video you intend to watch is on your computer, you can also start playing it by selecting the options Fillet e Quick file opening.

Would you like to start playing a video with MPC-HC by simply double clicking on the file? In that case, you need to set MPC-HC as the default program for opening videos. To do this, launch the software, select the option View from the top menu, click on the item options and, in the new open window, choose the options Reader e Formats. Then affix the check mark next to the video formats you intend to open with MPC-HC and press the button OK.

Alternatively, right click on a video file, choose the option Property, locate the section Open with e pulsing sul pulsating Change. Then click on the item MPC-HC e pulsing sul pulsating OK per salvare I modified it.

mpv (Windows / MacOS / Linux)

mPV is a free video viewing program available for Windows, macOS and Linux. It allows you to play the movies on your computer with extreme simplicity thanks to a minimal interface that presents only the essential commands for playback.

To proceed with the download and installation of mpv on your computer, connect to the software website and click on the item Installation present in the top menu. If you have a PC Windows, click on the first link next to the entry Windows builds by lachs0r and, in the new open page, choose the version of your interest in the box Builds. If, on the other hand, you have a Poppy, locate the section OS X on the page Installation, click the link next to the entry OS X builds by stolendata and select the latest version of the program to start the download.

Now, if you have Windows, extract the contents of the file mpv- [version] .7z just downloaded using a special program for opening files in 7z format (if you have not yet installed one on your computer, you can take a look at my tutorial on how to extract 7z files), double click on the file mpv.exe e pulsing sul pulsating Run to start it.

If you have one Poppyinstead, double-click the file mpv- [version] .gz to extract its contents, drag mPV in the folder Applications macOS and open the latter, then right-click on the program icon, select the item apri from the menu that appears and presses the button apri to start it avoiding the limitations imposed by Apple on applications from non-certified developers (this is necessary only at the first start).

To start playing a video using mpv, all you have to do is drag the video of your interest into the program window. Alternatively, if you are using a Mac, click on the entry Fillet present in the menu bar, choose the option Open file, select the video you want to view and that's it.

IINA (macOS)

IINA is a free and open source media player available for macOS that also allows you to play online movies, including YouTube playlists. It supports all major video and audio formats. It shines for its "lightness" and its excellent performances, superior to those of more "famous" players, such as the aforementioned VLC.

If you have a Mac and think IINA is the most suitable program for your needs, connect to its website and click on the button Download to start downloading. Once the download is complete, open the dmg package just downloaded and move IINA in the folder Applications macOS, then open the latter, right-click on the program icon (the symbol ▶ ︎ light blue), choose the item apri from the menu that appears and presses the button apri (this is only necessary on first start, to bypass macOS restrictions for programs that come from non-certified developers).

Now, if your intention is to view a video on your computer, click on the item apri, select the movie of your interest and press the button apri. Alternatively, click on the item Fillet present in the menu bar and choose the option apri give the menu to compare.

If, on the other hand, you want to play an online video, click on the entry Open URL, enter the address of the movie of your interest in the field Enter the URL here and click on the button apri. In this regard, my guide on how to copy a link might be useful.

App to View Videos

In addition to the programs I indicated in the previous paragraphs, would you also like to know applications to install on your smartphone and tablet? No problem, here is a list of app to view videos che potrebbero fare al tuo case.

  • VLC (Android/iOS): it is among the most popular applications for viewing videos on smartphones and tablets. It allows you to view the videos available in the memory of your device but also to start playback from the local network and via network streams. In addition, it allows the synchronization of files with cloud services (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive etc.) and, on iPhone and iPad, also synchronization with iTunes.
  • Player Xtreme (Android/iOS): is a free application that allows you to play the videos available in the memory of your Android device. On iPhone and iPad, however, it allows you to view movies by synchronizing them via iTunes or via wireless connection.
  • MX Player (Android): In addition to playing videos, this free application is also useful for managing subtitles. In addition, it has a handy feature called Kids Lock that allows you to lock the device when it is in the hands of children. It is also available in one Pro version for a fee, at a cost of 6,20 euros.
  • Infuse (iOS): Infuse is among the best players for playing videos on iPhone and iPad. It features an attractive and easy-to-use interface at the same time, supports 17 video file formats and allows streaming of movies from other devices. The PRO version (9,99 euros with free trial or 99 cents / month subscription) with additional features and which allows you to increase the number of compatible video formats.