Category Archives: Audio

Free Video Players

For diversion through PC, we can’t maintain a strategic distance from the use of video players. This kind of programming projects are media players which can play videos. These players supports different video formats as indicated by its feature list. Here we talk about mixed bag of video players which are free in nature, its license details, accessibility for downloads and essential features.

MPC – HC – MPC (Media Player Classic) – HC is a free media player utilized for playing videos. MPC-HC is a greatly light-weight, open source media player which underpins all regular video and sound format for playback. It supports 32 and 64 bit windows OS. It would appear that old windows media player, however it truly gives great alternatives and components like most recent media players. Media Player Classic is equipped for VCD, SVCD, and DVD playback without establishment of extra programming or codecs. MPC has manufactured in codecs for MPEG-2 feature with backing for subtitles and codecs for LPCM, MP2, 3GP, AC3, and DTS sound.

Developer(s)  – Gabest, Doom9 forum users
Initial release- May 29, 2003
Written in- C++
Platform- Windows IA-32 and x86-64
Available in 31 languages
License – GNU General Public License


MPlayer is a free video player which is open source in nature. It supports all major Operating Systems such as Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, OS/2, AmigaOS, etc and more. It plays most MPEG, VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, FLI, RM, NuppelVideo, yuv4mpeg, FILM, RoQ, PVA, Matroska files, upheld by numerous local, XAnim, RealPlayer, and Win32 DLL codecs. You can watch Video CD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, RealMedia, Sorenson, Theora, and MPEG-4 (DivX) films, as well.

Developers-  MPlayer team
Initial release- 2000
Written in- C
Platform – Cross-platform
Available in English, Hungarian, Polish, Russian and Spanish
License -GNU General Public License

Ogle DVD Player

Ogle DVD Player is the first free or Open Source DVD Player created to play DVD Menus, CSS encryted DVDS, and so on. This DVD Player is created for Linux and Unix like Operating Systems. It doesn’t play something besides DVDs. It was produced in 1999 by couple of students at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

Developer(s) Students of Chalmers University of Technology
Operating systems- Linux, Unix Like
License GNU GPL


SMPlayer is a free open source video player and is a graphical user interface (GUI) for the honor winning MPlayer, which is fit for playing all known videos and sound formats. Be that as it may, aside from giving access to the most widely recognized and valuable alternatives of MPlayer, SMPlayer includes other fascinating elements like the likelihood to play Youtube features or download subtitles. SMPlayer supports the most known formats and codecs: avi, mp4, mkv, mpeg, mov, divx, h.264… you can play every one of them, on account of its inherent codecs.  SMPlayer accompanies a few skins and icon themes, so you can without much of a stretch change the look of the player. SMPlayer incorporates numerous propelled elements like feature and sound channels, change of the playback speed, modification of sound and subtitles delay, feature equalizer… what’s more, some more. SMPlayer is accessible for Windows and Linux. SMPlayer is good with Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8.

Developers- Ricardo Villalba
Initial release- December 11, 2006
Written in C++
Operating system- Linux, Windows
Available in Multilingual
License -GNU GPL

Few Words about Audio

The first mode of communication in the history of mankind is the production of sound. Man used to communicate with his fellow beings through various forms of sound he made form his voice and objects. There was meaning for very single sound he made. His feelings and emotions were communicated through different sounds. For every occasion he used sound for expressing his happiness, sorrow, hatred and love. By the passage of time sound became an indispensable part in his life for communication. His language used for communication is basically a group of sounds set in pattern that is perceivable by another person. Form the primitive form of communication through language the sounds were began to be used for several other purposes. Through his relentless research man found the origin of sound waves that helped to make the sound. This discovery helped him to explore the unlimited possibilities of utilization of sound. Gradually sound also began to be used in technology. The audio and visual media recognized the value of sound or audio. Recording systems were invented for the storage and broadcasting of sounds for various purposes. The audio systems became an indispensable part in every aspect of life.

The recording of sound or audio is the most used way of sound. The history of audio is traced back to the recording of music. Music was the earliest form of sound that was easily perceivable by human beings. The music notations were first recorded in written form and later on it was transformed to the mechanical device that recorded the sound.

The mechanical musical instrument that recorded and played the music was invented by Banu Musa brothers in the 9th century. Their musical instrument worked with hydro power that produced and reproduce music through this mechanical device. In the 14th century Flanders invented a bell ringer that produced sound followed by several other devices that produced sound. Barrel organs in the 15th century, musical clocks in 1598, barrel pianos and musical boxes in 1815 were other earlier devices that were used for audio recording and playing.

Phonautograph was the first device that patented in the year 1857 recording original sounds that passed through the air. The first ever recorded human voice known as phonautograms were Phonautograph recordings in the year 1857. An 1860 phonautogram of a French folk song was discovered in the digital audio era in the year 2008. Another major step in the field audio recording was the introduction of gramophone disc that overtook the phonautograms.  Edison disc record invented by Edison took the market of recording and the monopoly of gramophone discs continued till 20th century. The major drawback of the acoustic recording was that they couldn’t record high or low frequency sound waves. Only the middle range frequency waves could be captured and recorded in the discs. Later in the year 1948 Vinyl record through its improved quality performance replaced the discs. The later half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century witnessed several progression in the filed of audio recording. The advent sound recording in the electrical form was the major miles stone in the field of audio recording. Magnetic sound recording systems were introduced by this time. The K1 magnetic phon was the first magnetic tape recorder.

The radio transmission centres had the most advantage through the invention of magnetic tapes. The magnetic tape enabled the introduction of stereophonic sound.

In the year 1982 the digital sound recording systems brought a radical change in the field of audio record and transmission. Currently digital audio recording are the advance development in the audio recording industry. The digital audio file formats that are capable enough to convert the digital data in to sound are the widely accepted technology. The operating systems or soft wares that have the storage capacity for multi track recordings. These high technological inventions are highly beneficial for the modern life style.

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