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Giveaway of the day — CrystalPlayer Professional

CrystalPlayer is the most advanced video player for Windows 98, ME, 2000 & XP.
$29.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 344 (88%) 49 (12%) 110 comments

CrystalPlayer Professional was available as a giveaway on January 20, 2007!

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CrystalPlayer is the most advanced video player for Windows 98, ME, 2000 & XP.

CrystalPlayer features original video kernel allowing high-quality playback from any kind of video source, e.g. video files (.AVI, .MPEG, etc.), from internet or network. It does not use built-in WindowsMedia environment, so there are no any limitations implied, as with most other players. Supported formats are including, but not limited to: DivX, XVID, MPEG1/2, MPEG4, WMV, Real etc.

CrystalPlayer Professional offers uncomparable ability to improve the quality of the videos you're watching. Check Video filters, Video Postprocessing, multisampling and supersampling features of Professional version.

System Requirements:

Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/2003 Server

Publisher:

Crystal Reality

Homepage:

http://www.crystalplayer.com

File Size:

1.62 MB

Price:

$29.95

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#110

looks good

Reply   |   Comment by Hatim  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#109

phreemaven, thanks for the tip. I'll check it out.

Reply   |   Comment by Tricky Laughter  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#108

Looks Good;Works Fine,and as all things in life is not perfect.

Reply   |   Comment by Rene  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#107

Unfortunately every time I tried to activate it told me something like "not available now try again later ...." So I guess I will never know if this software is good or not.

Reply   |   Comment by  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#106

@ EVERYONE that mentioned GOM. Man i know i'm late on this but GOMPlayer is a serious piece of DRM infected turd, you people promoting GOM are idiots !

Reply   |   Comment by meh  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#105

Wooow this player is awesome !
I used to use it some times ago because it's the only one to make captures of videos !
And lots of feautres too...
It's a light interface and software, which reads many many videos...

And I poorly couldn't grab it yesterday, so please, please, please, if you could let me enjoy lately this release ...

Regards
Orvis

Reply   |   Comment by Orvis  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#104

Nice player, but it caused some issues on my pc.

After I installed it, I restarted my pc. First, neither my cd/dvd drive or burner showed up or worked anymore. After some messing around and a few more reboots I got them to work. Somewhat.... They showed up in My Computer, but neither Windows MediaPlayer nor VLC would play my dvd's. VLC is my default dvd player(and still was after I had installed Crystal).

Well, I uninstalled Crystal and now everything works perfect again. Thanks for the freebee, but I don't think I'll be using this.

Reply   |   Comment by OTM  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#103

As other's have noted, the mpeg2 decoder appears to be beta.

Also, while it does display subtitles, I can't seem to be able to choose subtitles. IE, videos that contain multiple language subtitles are all displayed at the same time.

Reply   |   Comment by WL  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#102

Hello there,
I wanna ask you guys that I want to play 3p content on this Crystal Player. What to do?
By the way Thanks, you guys Rock.

Reply   |   Comment by utkarsh  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#101

Needs to improve interface though =/

Reply   |   Comment by Lifeiscruel  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#100

Good player, useful features but wont play some files my WMP does.... says it's a "speed issue", works fine otherwise

Reply   |   Comment by  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#99

No problem with setup. There is no sign of flv files among the listed codecs on the player. Are those who have this adding codecs from elsewhere?

Reply   |   Comment by dansh  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#98

Well, just been playing some movies with x264 compression, and Crystal Palyer doesn't quite measure up against PowerDVD v5 for quality of playback.

Otherwise, this app rocks. Love that audio stream can be advanced/retarded to sync properly with badly dubbed movies... I've not seen that in ANY other player yet (maybe it's too well hidden in some??? Correct me if I'm wrong!)

Nice app, thanks GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by poolee  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#97

Pretty good player. Even plays mkvs, which no one seems to have mentioned so far... doesn't anybody here use bittorrent at all??? The only problem I seem to be having, is having the player recognize dual-channel files...

Reply   |   Comment by wildting  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#96

Went ahead and tried the 1.96 version, still FREEZES when I stop or try to close the player. I end up having to use the task manager to force the program to close. Why, why, why???

Reply   |   Comment by scumm007  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#95

Will you be able to update this with any new codecs that come out?I reckon not,as what we are getting is an unsupported version.Even so i will be using it as it looks pretty good.I have been using VLC which has not let me down yet and is actually free.

Reply   |   Comment by Mr. Kym. May.  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#94

whoops typo...
take "I like it because it’s got clean uncluttered lines like technician designed applications use, yet has some very neat technically advanced features "
and insert an "un" just before "like" so it reads:
I like it because it’s got clean uncluttered lines UNlike technician designed applications use, yet has some very neat technically advanced features

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#93

#81,#82 in addition to an equaliser it also includes automatic volume control filter and it works a treat under XP to bring quiet movies up to a listenable volume. One reason why CrystalPlayer may show an apparent visible improvement to poor quality over compressed media like the rm files it is probably due to the default post processing filters that CrystalPlayer enables by default. Hit F12 and see if there is any difference.

It's claims that it does not use the built-in windowsmedia system is not entirely true since it does use the built-in windows multi-media systems codecs, like xvid etc which is the "built-in" part. The windowsmedia engine is a bolt-on to the directshow subsystem not "built-in". You still need to have a viable codec for every piece of media you wish to play. This would explain why some people can play certain media types with CrystalPlayer while others cannot.

Last known cached version of the crystalplayer.com website on www.archive.org is http://web.archive.org/web/20060529213529/http://www.crystalplayer.com

#56,#61 Hot off the press for Windows9x users including WindowsME I have found a previous version of CrystalPlayer 1.96 on archive.org and that installs and seems fine on windows 98 FirstEdition.

Activate.exe from the gaotd zip will activate this older version too, so you will get much of the same features! Only difference I've noticed so far is in the installer options dialog 1.96 does not explain the report usage at all while 1.97 is a bit more informative, probably at the suggestion of some privacy advocates out there.
The known "good" instalation of CrystalPlayerPro 1.96 for windows9x systems as well as latter windows versions is at:
http://web.archive.org/web/20051201114217/http://www.crystalplayer.com/CrystalPro.exe enjoy:-)

I like it because it's got clean uncluttered lines like technician designed applications use, yet has some very neat technically advanced features like adjusting the sound tracks offset to the video track permitting the correcting of a bad dub, or reporting reasons why there's bottlneck like if the codec outputs a colourspace that the overlay does not support, that way things can be fixed in the codecs settigns etc.
I suggest that the CrystalPlayer developers dump the exe packer they have used for 1.97 and go back to the one they used in 1.96 OR remove all claims that the program is comaptible with Windows95,98 or ME. Because as 1.97 is NOT compatible in the slightest. I'll still give it a thumbs up in the hopes that the developers will do the right thing for everyone:-)

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#92

wow, been using vlc for awhile and this is MUCH better performance-wise on my pc.
thanks again for all the cool software for free, giveawayoftheday!

Reply   |   Comment by fenderfish  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#91

Thanks for another useful program! I appreciate the suggestions and links others have left too.

Reply   |   Comment by John J.  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#90

CrystalPlayer crashes when I try to install on a perfectly fine win 2000 system. Never had a problem with other GOTD software.

Reply   |   Comment by Fred  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#89

crap beta program

Reply   |   Comment by snakestan  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#88

First time viewer, and all this old man has to say is, keep it up its a great site

Reply   |   Comment by Earl  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#87

It doesn't matter. As a matter of principle, how can you trust ANY company that bundles spyware or adware with ANY of their products? That takes away any credibility whatsoever in my eyes. Companies like CrystalPlayer.com need to learn that people aren't willing to put up with that.

I love you guys, GOTD. Understand my beef is not with you. I've been very pleased with your website and it's the first thing I check in the morning.

Reply   |   Comment by MattB  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#86

thanks for Crystal Player Pro 1.97!
Great player without adware/spyware!
Thanks GoTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Slammer  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#85

In my experience Zoomplayer http://www.inmatrix.com/ is superior. The new version5 has an excellent interface, and an Install Centre that checks your system codecs and downloads missing or latest versions to ensure best playback.
The standard version for media files is free and the Pro version adds DVD playback. It is easier to customise than VLC or WMPClassic, the settings menu has been redesigned, and it has more options. I have it set it up just how I want. Smoooth.

Thank you for the download, nice to try it, but IMHO Zoomplayer is the leader.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#84

And one thing I forgot to mention is that the interface design is quite confusing...

Reply   |   Comment by JesseB  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#83

I looked through the comments and checked out the various links and this is what I have found out from installing the program and scanning my computer:
The site and all but the free 1.97 versions are adware/spyware free. So far i have encontered no problems and I will relay what problems I have if I have them.

I'll say this also:

Great giveaway GAOTD team!

Reply   |   Comment by JesseB  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#82

Hm.

This one's not for me.
Too much fluff, not enough balls.

The default UI is too much of a mess.
The few skins offered are mostly Apple knockoffs (Who uses Brushed Metal any more, eh?), and a WMP clone.

This assumes you can even reach their website still.

The good news is, the player is clean, like listed on one of the SiteAdvisor bulletins; The only thing my anti-spyware app turned up on this particular run were some errant cookies. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Anonymous  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#81

#81, Crystal includes equalizer on top of typical volume control.

Reply   |   Comment by Giveaway of the Day project team  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#80

cannot regulate volume ! USELESS

Reply   |   Comment by student  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#79

just d/l'd and installed file. it definately dose not like windows 98 se. it only provided a folder called "videobox" which contained an uninstal file. so much for the effort.

Reply   |   Comment by WATERMASTER  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#78

Thank You for Crystal, used with
K-Lite this will play anything, i
have thrown at it, including youtube
ripped .flv.
Plays .3gp phone files, which some
players seem to struggle with.
Thank You.

Reply   |   Comment by Slim  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#77

I'm impressed. It's opened everything I've tossed at it including wmv, mov, and flash videos .. opens partial files fine too..

What really is nice is how fast it loads. I also like the option to add a different audio track to play (cool feature if you have an alternative soundtrack).

Reply   |   Comment by Arc|Angel  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#76

Ah, forgot to add why CPU usage is so important for me and why I like the Crystal's low CPU consumption - I'm a laptop user, and I like how Crystal manages to play most movies using the lowest power settings on my laptop.

Slava
GAOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Giveaway of the Day project team  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#75

LOVED IT another great soft from giveaway thanks a lot i really enjoyed using it.

Reply   |   Comment by Arijit  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#74

I totally agree with you Slava (#74)! I wish I had a dollar for every time someone said so and so is better without ever trying the GAOTD one out at all. I can't believe how much time I have wasted listening to these people. :(

Reply   |   Comment by BillW50  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#73

Guys, you REALLY need to try the UI before you say "___________ player is better than Crystal". You can control so many things using your keyboard keys, I do not need to do any mouse clicks using Crystal (and I use it for more than a year, so I learned a lot of small tricks like forwarding the video by 1 minute intervals or 15 sec ones with Ctrl-arrow keys, etc), EVERYTHING I NEED is hotkeyed by the software developers. See CPU usage also.
If you need the software to view different video formats, you need a good codecs pack, I have KLite pack, for example, but used Nemo pack before.

Slava
GAOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Giveaway of the Day project team  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#72

Why are small children like zz and Greg up at three o'clock in the morning?

I blame the parents.

* PS: yup, well done GOTD, am evaluating Crystal right now.

Reply   |   Comment by Richard  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#71

@#65 - a Freeware Converter
http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html
and for those too timid to ask, for freeware DVD 'backing up' http://www.ripit4me.org/index.html

Reply   |   Comment by Ken  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#70

Great!!! I have VLC , Quicktime alternative, and of course WMP 10 already, but there are some crappy real media movies ( .rm extension ) I downloaded that only play back in VLC , but look like crap while it does it. So I installed Crystalplayer and it plays the .rm files noticeably smoother and clearer, obviously a better codec than VLC for .rm files anyways imho. Rock on! Nice interface, I like it a lot so far!! :)))))

Reply   |   Comment by Pronlvr  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#69

While it does seem like a decent player, has anyone else noticed that while playing a 15 MB file it the player takes up 150+ MB of RAM. Media Player Classic and VLC open the same file and use @ 30 MB of RAM..I will stick with MPC and VLC.

Reply   |   Comment by draurora  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#68

every time i try to play an avi file, the player freezes until i have to use the app. manager to ent it's operation.

other players don;t have any problem, but this one doesn't seem to work.

Reply   |   Comment by Radenko  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#67

VLC player is much better. Plus it's free, does all of the above, is fast and has some awesome features. And it has no adware, spyware or viruses.

Much better than this app.

Reply   |   Comment by MASA  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#66

fin for the press

Reply   |   Comment by jomin  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#65

BTW,I install the ones I choose to keep in a different way than this board suggests.I click on Setup First.It installs.Then I click on activate,click on ExtractAll,let it go through that short process,then click Activate again and click on Run.It ALWAYS says:"successfully activated".No codes or keys,just that simple,EVERY TIME.Thanks,GOTD Team.

Reply   |   Comment by DJ  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#64

Looks nice, but I don't need another player.
Anyone know of a good free video format converter?

Reply   |   Comment by JT  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#63

@#29-It does freeze if you click while watching,but doesn't"crash".If you need to get out of it,just hit Esc(escape) key and it takes everything back to normal.As far as the player itself,it looks great.Even better than WMP or VLC in my opinion.Great Giveaway(so far).I've only chose to keep 3 of these Giveaways so far.BUT,some are very troubling when trying to uninstall(have to jump through a few hoops to get rid of ALL of it.)But,overall this seems like a good one.IMO,don't install any if you don't have a use for it.

Reply   |   Comment by DJ  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#62

Another free alternative for a player is CCCP. Can play many things that VLC cant. http://www.cccp-project.net/

Reply   |   Comment by Willis1712  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#61

It doesn't play .AVI at all:

"CrystalPlayer cannot find decompressor, should Crystal try to download it from the Internet?"

I answer Yes, it does its "Connecting to www.crystalplayer.com..." for a few minutes and then:

"Cannot download video compressor
Name: DivX 3
Info: DivX 3 (Microsoft MPEG-4 v3 build3920+) Video Codec
Link: http://www.divx.com"

...whatever it means to you. What it means to me is that I will continue using the free VideoLAN VCL Media Player that plays everything (and at no cost, like free without any restriction).

Reply   |   Comment by It's Just Me  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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