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There are all kinds of great video players out there such as VLC and GOM, but when it comes down to appearance I have to give Splash Lite the credit it deserves. You can see what I’m talking about in the screenshot above, but that only gives you a glimpse of how polished the app actually is. Everything from the settings to the main interface is thoughtfully assembled to give you, the user, the best experience possible.

If you’re reading this article the chances are good that you’ve heard of VLC before, and know that it is popular for the wide range of video formats that it is able to playback. Splash Lite doesn’t support quite the list that VLC does, but it’s no slouch by any means. Here’s a list of features and supported video formats that can be found in the free “lite” version of Splash:

  • Supported video formats: AVI, M2T, MTS, M2TS, MKV, MKA, MOV, MP4, MPG, TS, M4V, VOB, DIVX, XVID, WMV, MBT
  • H.264 video decoding hardware acceleration
  • Subtitle support
  • Stereo or 5.1 channel audio output
  • Media Center Remote Control support
  • Aspect ratio settings
  • Multicore CPU support

As you can tell by the name, Splash Lite, there is an older brother called Splash Pro that includes some uniquely awesome features, but it also has a $20 price tag attached to it. I’m sure for most of your video watching needs will be fulfilled by the free Splash Lite version, but you can always take a look at the features page if you’re wondering what kind of additional stuff you’d get with the upgrade.

Splash Lite Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)