What is PotPlayer?

PotPlayer is a free, open-source media player that supports all common video and audio formats without the need for additional codecs. It also allows users to play and download videos from popular online video websites such as YouTube, Dailymotion, NicoVideo (niconico), etc.

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What is PotPlayer?

PotPlayer is a free and open-source media player that plays most multimedia files as well as discs, devices, and network streaming protocols. It also supports TV channels via its built-in tuner which can be used to watch or time shift live television programs. In addition it’s possible to stream any media files on your PC through Potplayer by creating a playlist in Windows Media Player and then dragging those files into Potplayers interface.

PotPlayer’s clean interface is easy to use. It has a simple design with no unnecessary buttons or controls. The program can be controlled by keyboard shortcuts only. PotPlayer plays almost any kind of video files including HD videos (AVCHD) and DVD ISOs, making it an excellent choice for both home theater PCs and HTPCs.

PotPlayer includes many useful features such as gapless playback, cover art support, auto-resume where you left off last time, live broadcasting support via Webcam & Tuner cards(for Windows XP/Vista/7 only), DXVA support for hardware decoding (Windows Vista/7 only), subtitles color/size customization etc…

It has more features than many paid software such as skins for video playback including Aeon Nox Theme Changer with options like: Black Glass Nova Skin, Audio Quattro skin with equalizer.


  1. It’s free, and doesn’t require a lot of resources
  2. It supports many formats including MKV, MP4, AVI, and FLAC
  3. It has an intuitive interface that is easy to use
  4. Supports subtitles in SRT format or as separate files with their own filename
  5. Allows you to stream media from your PC on other devices


F1About potplayer
F2Browse folder
F3Open file
F4Playback Close
F6Playlist window on / off
F7Equalizer setting
F12File navigator
Page upPlay previous file
Page downPlay next file
DownVolume down
LeftMove to 5 sec backward
RightMove to 5 sec forward
Num1Screen size: 0,5
Num2Screen size: 1
Num3Screen size: 1,5 x
Num4Screen size: 2 x
Num5Screen size: maximum
Num6Screen size: maximum size / current size
Num7Screen size: maximum size
Num9Original video size
Num0Screen size setting
BackspaceMove to starting point
[{}]AB repeat timing
\|AB repeating off 
Shift+<Audio sync 0.05 sec slower
Shift+>Audio sync 0.05 sec faster
Shift+’Skip palyback on/off
Shift+gAudio recording
Shift+dNoise on/off
Shift+sScene explorer
Shift+aAudio filter on/off 
Shift+xVoice prosessing filter on/off 
Shift+cCrystallization on/off
Shift+vVoice filter on/off 
Shift+nNormalized on/off
Ctrl+zMirror image on/off 
‘ “Skip setup
<,Subtitle sync 0,5 sec slower
>.Subtitle sync 0,5 sec faster
/?Subtitle sync : default
SpacePause / play
QImage properties : reset
WBrightness decrease 1
EBrightness increase 1%
RContrast decrease 1%
TContrast increase 1%
YSaturation decrease 1%
USaturation increase 1%
IColor decrease 1%
OColor increase 1%
PAdd bookmark
AAudio stream option
SPixel shader option
DMove previous frame
FMove next frame
GMove into potition
HView bookmark
JVideo aspect ratio option
KSnapshot, capture option
LSelect subtitle
Shift+PPre-resize pixel shader on/off
Ctrl+xFilter control condition
Ctrl+cCopy snapshot to clipboard
Ctrl+vFlip input picture on/off 
Ctrl+bBlur on/off 
Ctrl+nDenoise 3D on/off 
Ctrl+mTemporary denoise on/off 
Ctrl+lImage level control on/off 
Ctrl+jTurn to camera/device
Ctrl+hRemove color blocks on/off 
Ctrl+gContinuous image capture
Ctrl+fFilter setting
Ctrl+dPlay DVD
Ctrl + wActivate Webcam
Alt + NGenerate Thumbnails preview

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