TCPMP

TCPMP (BetaPlayer) RC1 0.72

Complete, free license DivX player with some interesting features

The Core Pocket Media Player (TCPMP) is an open source video and audio player compatible with all the most popular codecs and multimedia file types. View full description

PROS

  • Free
  • Easy to use
  • Good range of settings and options

CONS

  • No visualisations when playing music

Essential
10

The Core Pocket Media Player (TCPMP) is an open source video and audio player compatible with all the most popular codecs and multimedia file types.

Portable video is fast becoming the most popular secondary use for Smartphones, so making sure you have the right media player is now a priority for many Windows Mobile device owners. TCPMP is easy to use, very stable and loaded with a variety of features. TCPMP's main screen is reminiscent of similar programs on your desktop computer, with options to change aspect ratio, zoom and volume as well as more advanced controls such as video speed (10% - 200%), video driver, audio preamp and more.

One issue with playing video files on a Smartphone, irrespective of which program you use to play them, is that there will be some lag or jumps from time to time. TCPMP's settings help you with this, allowing you to play around with different levels of quality and performance to help you guarantee the best possible multimedia experience. TCPMP is certainly a lot more customizable than most other Smartphone video apps.

Compare the playback quality on your Smartphone with a purpose-built portable media player and you’ll see the difference. TCPMP's settings are therefore an essential feature of the program, allowing you to play around with different levels of quality and performance to help you guarantee the best possible multimedia experience. You should note that TCPMP is also available for Pocket PC devices.

In all, TCPMP is a free, open source multimedia player which I'd recommend to anyone who wants to watch video on their Windows Mobile Smartphone. That said, if portable video is your heart’s desire, it would definitely be worth investing in a device built specifically for video playback which will provide much better overall quality.

TCPMP supports the following formats

MP3, WMA, WAV, AC-3, ASF, AMR, Ogg Vorbis, DivX, XviD, MPEG1, MPEG4-SP, WMV, AVI

TCPMP ('The Core Pocket Media Player' - formerly known as BetaPlayer) is a media player for Windows CE/Windows Mobile devices, using ARM processors. This includes the the iPaq and Axim models. File types and codecs supported include AC3, MP4, AVIs and MP3s, Matroska.

As well as playing movie files at above-acceptable quality, TCPMP also lets you play files backwards, alter the speed of playback, control the brightness and contrast and run tests to check for any instance of de-synchronisation between the audio and video tracks.

This is a reliable alternative to the many more commercial DivX players on the market.

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TCPMP (BetaPlayer) RC1 0.72

— User reviews — about TCPMP

  • shailnjm

    by shailnjm

    "Does not work on HTC Touch Viva."

    On Installing Core TCPMP on HTC Touch Viva it gives a "Crash.TXT" error. The developer site gives opti... More.

    reviewed on May 5, 2011