Media Player Classic is a simplified version of Windows Media Player. It comes with most of the codecs you need to play video files and an extremely simple user interface, as well as a fast response time.
Media Player Classic supports the most commonly used audio and video formats (including FLAC and FLV), as well as QuickTime and RealVideo. It can open DVD files, and has a real-time zoom feature.
You can take a snapshot and save it as a JPG image, create a thumbnail (16 captions taken at a 2-second interval), assign hotkeys to various commands (for instance Volume Boost Max, Filters Menu), add files to Favorites and then organize them, and more.
Subtitles are completely customizable, and if you are playing a movie with no subtitle, you can use Media Player's online subtitle database (clicking "Search" at "Search Database" in the "File" menu will automatically send you to a page where the caption file is available).
"Go to" enables you to navigate directly to a certain frame on the video file, a feature that is really useful if you want to crop the respective clip. Also, another neat function allows you to simultaneously load videos without sound or an audio track.
You can set Media Player Classic to either close, hibernate, stand by, shutdown or log off the system, or do nothing, once it finishes playing the file.
In conclusion, if you want one of the best and simplest media players, a reliable choice is Media Player Classic.