On CD / DVD Insert
Control what action Zoom Player should take when it detects an inserted CD or DVD.
On Play Complete
Control what action Zoom Player performs once the entire playlist has been played through.
Use YouTube IFRAME video player to play YouTube content
When this setting is enabled, instead of using DirectShow to play the graph, Zoom Player will open a YouTube browser instance (based on Internet Explorer) inside the video area and try and play the video (without YouTube's play controls). This is the official method preferred by YouTube for media playback, but depending on your hardware and the version of Internet Explorer installed, performance may suffer compared to DirectShow based playback.
Playback of live events may require the IFRAME player and may not work under DirectShow playback.
Try using YouTube IFRAME video player when DirectShow playback fails
In cases where DirectShow playback fails to play a YouTube stream, try switching to YouTube IFRAME (browser-based) playback automatically.
Allow interactivity when playing YouTube content using the IFRAME player
When playing YouTube content interactively, the YouTube IFRAME player is allowed to receive keyboard and mouse input (overriding Zoom Player's default handlers).
YouTube IFRAME player web engine
There are two "Edge" based web engines provided by Microsoft for software development, the older "Chakra" engine Microsoft developed in-house and the newer "Chromium" engine based on the open-source project. The "Chromium" option provides much better image quality and playback smoothness, but requires the "WebView2" component from Microsoft installed.
While WebView2 comes pre-installed on Windows 11, older operating systems require you to either manually install it (pick the evergreen version) or use Zoom Player's Install Center to do the job for you.
Auto-Play media file when opened
Automatically start playing media files as soon as they are opened, otherwise pause on the first frame.
Auto-Play the next file in the playlist (otherwise pause at end of file)
Control whether Zoom Player automatically plays the next file in the playlist or pause at the end of each file, a function that can be useful in slideshows and presentations.
When playing the next file in the same folder, repeat when all files have been played
With "On Playlist Complete" set to "Play next dir file", Zoom Player is capable of playing files within the folder as if it's a playlist. By enabling this setting, Zoom Player plays the content of a folder in a loop.
Opening a drive or folder includes opening image files (JPG / PNG / BMP / etc...)
When enabled, opening a drive or folder will include any image files located within the drive or folder. This feature can be problematic when opening folders containing album art images as it loads these images as playlist entries.
Opening a drive or folder includes opening text files (TXT / NFO / etc...)
When enabled, opening a drive or folder will include any text files located within the drive or folder.
Save Associated Media definition file in local Media-Data folder (instead of file folder)
Zoom Player's Definition files are saved within the same folder as the playing media file by default (unless it's on a read-only media). By enabling this setting, media definition files are always saved in Zoom Player's data folder (on most versions of windows, this is "C:\ProgramData\Zoom Player").
Auto-Save Associated Media definition file (".DF" files)
When enabled, Zoom Player automatically saves a Definition file for each playing media. The definition file is later used to re-apply previous viewing preferences when a media is reloaded.
Auto-Save Media Chapter files (".ZPCHP" files)
Zoom Player's chapter files allow you to create and save chapter points within any media file. By enabling this setting, Zoom Player automatically save chapter files whenever you add chapters to media files (Ctrl+Shift+"C").
Load Associated Media definition file (media mode)
This setting controls whether previously created media definition files are automatically loaded. When disabled, you can manually load the definition file for the currently playing media by pressing Alt+Shift+"D".
Load Registry Entries within Media / DVD definition files
Definition files can contain user-specified registry information, allowing definition files to alter system setup. Such a setup is usually used to change decoding preferences on a per-media basis by modifying registry entries that govern media playback aspects. Disable this setting to prevent definition files from changing the system registry.
Load External Audio tracks (media mode)
By enabling this setting, Zoom Player will look for audio files with the same base file name as a media file you're currently loading in order to mix in a secondary audio track. For example:
Please note that this feature does not support seeking. Try to seek when playing an external audio track resets the audio to the beginning.
Load .URL files as streaming media (otherwise load as web pages)
With this setting is enabled, opening .URL files will treat the containing URL as a streaming media, otherwise the URL is loaded as a web page in the internal web browser.
Load Matroska XML Media Chapter files (".mtxchp" extension)
Zoom Player supports multiple chapter/bookmark formats. By enabling this setting, Zoom Player looks for external Matroska Chapter files. There's no need to open the chapter file directly, opening the media file automatically opens the chapter file. For example:
Load CUE Media Chapter files (".cue" extension)
Zoom Player supports multiple chapter/bookmark formats. By enabling this setting, Zoom Player looks for external CUE Chapter files. There's no need to open the chapter file directly, opening the media file automatically opens the chapter file. For example:
Use internal JPEG / BMP / PNG image decoder (supports higher resolution images)
The DirectShow (microsoft) interface for opening images has major issues when loading high resolution images (above 2048x2048). Zoom Player's internal image decoder is capable of handling higher resolution images and as a side benefit, has better transitions when viewing multiple images. Disabling this setting forces Zoom Player to open these image formats through DirectShow.
Auto-Rotate image according to EXIF info (the internal image decoder must be active)
Many cameras support a feature which imprints JPEG images with the orientation of the camera. When using the Internal image decoder with this setting enabled, Zoom Player parses the orientation information and automatically rotates the image.
Use QuickTime ActiveX Component to play QuickTime files (otherwise use DirectShow)
Zoom Player supports two methods when playing QuickTime (".MOV" files) content. The ActiveX control from Apple and DirectShow. The ActiveX code is a lot slower, has inferior image quality and can be buggy, but it is the only way to play certain older QuickTime files. All recent QuickTime content can be played through DirectShow and as such, this setting disabled unless you must play some older QuickTime content. Click here for more information.
Use Flash ActiveX Component to play ".SWF" Flash files (otherwise use DirectShow)
Currently, the only way to play Flash (".SWF") content is using the Flash ActiveX component. If at any future point, a DirectShow component can achieve similar results, then this setting should be turned off as DirectShow is much more reliable. Please note that this setting only deals with playing ".SWF" flash files and not Flash Video ".FLV" files, which can plays very nicely using DirectShow.
Allow interactivity when playing Flash content
Unlike standard media files, "SWF" Flash files can be interactive (require you to interact with the content). When enabled, this setting allows you to interact with the content. With this setting disabled, clicking on content uses the standard left-mouse click action.
Allow interactivity when playing HTML content
Unlike standard media files, HTML can be interactive (require you to interact with the content). When enabled, this setting allows you to interact with the content. With this setting disabled, clicking on content uses the standard left-mouse click action.
Play Incomplete AVI Files
When enabled, Zoom Player tries to play AVI files which are not yet complete or possibly corrupt. Please note that playing incomplete AVI files may not always work.
Always open media files (even if they are in use by a 3rd party program)
With this setting enabled, Zoom Player hooks DirectShow filters, forcing them to open media files that are write-locked by third party applications (usually because the file is being downloaded).
Reload & Resume playback at last position if file size changes
With this setting enabled, Zoom Player checks if a file size changes while Zoom Player is playing it. If the size changed, Zoom Player reload the file and resume playback from the previous position. This feature is useful when capturing live video to a media file while simultaneously viewing it through Zoom Player.
Reload live stream if the stream disconnects unexpectedly
Controls whether the player should try to re-load the live stream if it was disconnected unexpectedly.