I'm looking for the quickest responding video player out there. Please note the emphasis on "quick". I don't know what else word to use, but I'll try to describe it in more detail. I'm not asking simply "what's the best" or "what's your favorite". I want to know which player is the fastest as far as double-clicking on a file and starting the video. Now, I'm well aware of the normal responses like VLC, MPC, KMPlayer, so before you just throw that out there, please remember that speed is what I'm looking for. Normally, people just want to know what works with all video files, which the aforementioned software are all good with. My question is different.
Let me describe how I use video players. Like many here, I don't have just one favorite. I use several of them depending on the situation. However, I do have my "default" player which is the one associated with the video files on my system (Windows XP). This is the one that opens up when I double-click on a video file, and this is the one that I have a question for. I'm not concerned about DVD playing ability so much with this one. OK, on with what I know so far. Here's my little roundup and analysis:
For years, this was my default double-clicker video player. I know few, if any, of you use this one. It's not free. What I love about it is how quickly the video opens after double-clicking a file. And it has a lot of configuration options to boot. However, it does not include it's own codecs; it's only a player. But I wonder if that's the very reason why it responds more quickly than the others. I would continue to use this except development seems to have stopped, and it seems to crash a lot randomly recently, especially with larger files or HD files.
My second favorite of the bunch. It has a lot of configuration options, and plays everything (codecs are included). But it's significantly slower than Light Alloy. I'd prefer something faster. If this were faster, I would use it for sure.
Another good one (also comes with all codecs). Faster response time that KMPlayer. However, it has a couple of quircks I can't stand. For example, there is a pause when you click once on the screen to play/pause, just in case you want to double-click for full-screen. You can disable this pause, but then you lose the double-click option. No other player handles it this way. I find it annoying. Also, I can't find a way to add previous/next buttons on the player. If it were not for these things, I may prefer this one.
Not my favorite at all. It's slow, and I don't like the interface at all.
Nice, but responds weirdly. Not that fast, either.
Haven't tried it for years, but when i was using it, it was significantly slower than Light Alloy.
I love Zoom. It's actually pretty quick relative to the others. I may settle on this one. It's quicker to open than it is to close. But it's faster than most of the other programs here, except maybe for Light Alloy. It also seems to have a hard time with my larger or HD files. Why? I have no idea. I have a pretty impressive computer, I can't imagine it not handling any kind of HD video. Frankly, the idea of it annoys me a lot.
So, any suggestions?