Who Wins The Best Video Player?
It seems as though everyone and their dog is releasing Video Players these days. As a bit of a Sucker for online Video I have bought what seems to be all of them, although I am confident that there are several I haven’t tried.
At the moment I have and am using:
- Easy Video Player
- Easy Video Suite
- Video Mate
- Simple Video Player
- Traffic Player
- Covert Video Player
- Lead Player
I thought I would give them all a quick run through. There is no doubt in my mind that everyone working online needs at least one of these. The video below looks at all of them and you can skip to the different reviews using the Easy Video Suite Powered Chapters on the timeline, or scroll down and watch the individual videos.
The only one of these that does something substantially different is Covert Video Player and so if you have one of the others this is the one you should check out.
Alternatively later on this page are individual videos demonstratng the various video players.
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I have started with Easy Video Suite because it is really the big daddy of them all. It has also been around for the longest in different iterations, being the successor to the revolutionary Easy Video Player released back in I believe 2009.
Easy Video Player has been superseded by Easy Video Suite. Easy Video Suite does quite a bit more than Easy Video Player, but it is also quite a lot more expensive and costs substantially more than any of the others.
Other teething problems I have had with it are that I can’t seem to get the desktop video uploader to work on the several videos I have so far tried. One of these was a GoToWebinar recording, the other was the Camtasia Video Recording you can see above.
For the price of $297 plus a $97 optional upgrade to get the commercial license I had expected a more fluid process.
Having said that Easy Video Suite is immensely powerful and if you see yourself doing lots with videos there are several reasons you should consider buying it over the others.
1) With the Commercial License you can let 10 of your clients have access to it. One of the people I work with has told me that he will be charging his clients $300 a month for this, so if you have high end clients this could be very valuable.
2) You can create some stylish stand alone pages for your videos.
2) It comes with a Desktop based application that you can use for both webcam recording and screen captures.
3) It will encode your videos in the most effective manner for playing online.
Like most of the other players here Easy Video Suite will play videos hosted on YouTube and Vimeo. Unlike most of the others it integrates very well with Amazon S3.
I have a fairly extensive bonus for Easy Video Suite which you can get access to by clicking on the link.
Video Mate, Simple Video Player, Traffic Player and Lead Player all do something similar. I have ordered them in ranking of pricing. They all work with youtube videos and allow you to play your videos in different ways.
Below you can see each of these Video Players in Action:
Video Mate[videomate id=1]
Video Mate comes in as the cheapest of the different Video Player Alternatives. With a Multisite licence at just $27 and a Developer License at just $47.
You can pick up your copy at www.findthis.at/videomate
Simple Video Player[imaioVideo v=1]
Simple Video Player is also very competitively priced. Starting at $67 for a single use site up to $97 for a Developer license.
You can pick up your copy at www.findthis.at/simplevideopro
Traffic Player starts at $87 for a Multisite License and goes up to $137 for a developer license.
You can pick up your copy from www.findthis.at/trafficplayer
Lead Player[leadplayer_vid id=”50F8196D5A627″]
Lead Player is one of the more expensive Video Players on the market, and whilst it does work very well I am not convinced whether the price necessarily justifies it’s more limited feature set. However if you like the style of this video it is worth taking a look at.
You can find Lead Player at www.leadplayer.com
Covert Video Player[covertplayersinglevideo trvideoid=”Iscu4rt_upE” trdisplaytype=”1″ trnumbervideosdisplay=”” trvideoperpage=”36″ trthumbnailwidth=”80″ trthumbnailheight=”55″ trpopupwidth=”500″ trpopupheight=”350″ trvideoalign=”left”]Covert Player is the only one that does something unique, but it doesn’t unfortunately do some of the things that the others do. However what it does do is pretty powerful so I am giving it a strong recommendation if you will find what it does do to be useful.
It will essentially add in smaller thumbails of videos in various styles… similar to the one above. There are also examples that will pop up and more. I really like the way that this plugin works.
You can either watch via the small thumbnail above or you can watch the video below. (This final video plays via a free youtube plugin by the exceptional Vladimir Prelovac called Smart Youtube.
You can pick up your copy below:
I hope you have found this look at the various video players useful. If money is no object then you should get Easy Video Suite. If you are on a budget then Video Mate is the clear winner.
Covert Video Player is slightly different to the rest as it does do something very different to the rest…. Easy Video Suite can almost do what Covert Video Player does on a single video basis, but not on a Video Curation type basis.
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