October 24, 2006

VLC vs GOM vs BS Player Pro

Filed under: blog, internet, movies, reviews, software, tech — bardicknowledge @ 9:37 pm

Mem test:

Without video:

VLC : 16684/k
GOM : 14256/k
BS Pro : 8764/k

BS Pro + 1


With DVD:

VLC : 35700-ish/k
GOM : 35000/k
BS Pro: 7600/k (odd eh?)

BS Pro + 1


Price :
VLC : Open Source – Free
GOM : Closed Source – Free
BS Player Pro : $40 -ish USD



To play DVD:
VLC : None needed
GOM and BS required I download some but GOM will direct me to a open source alternitive for the codec I require.

VLC +1


DVD PlayBack/ Menu Nav:
VLC : Nav worked well. Menus worked when I put the mouse over them. Playback was good. A hiccup or two as the video started from the menu or when skipping

GOM : Nav.. well sucked. I simply could not select the menu’s I wanted to go to. I could not turn on the subs, I couldn’t click on the features, I couldn’t

even click play. I had to hit enter on the keyboard. As for playback, it worked fine once I got into the movie.
BS : Nav was iffy in some points. To select on options I had to have the cursor several inches lower than the actual menu. And playback has some gliches,
mainly noticeable when siwthcing chapters. Ex: FBI warning to the acutal movie.

VLC + 1


Playing broken AVIs

VLC : Takes anywhere from less than a minute to a few minutes to create an idex to play back the broken avi.
GOM : Using it’s patiented tech to play broken avi, there is no indexing so it starts to play as it’s clicked.
BS Pro : Also no indexing on the file used. Play back was fine.

GOM/BS + 1


Streaming Audio/Saving Stream:

Stream in use :

VLC : Great, simple. So easy to save a stream using VLC. Save save addresses by saving the playlist.
GOM : Would not play the stream used for the example. Seemingly has the ability to save addresses but no function to save the stream.
BS Pro : Displays track name, and can save addresses but does not capture.

VLC + 1


Streaming Video/Saving Stream:

Stream in use :

VLC : Easy to set up. Every similar to the audio except you check of audio and video instead of just audio. When streamed closed though, the program crashed.
GOM : Played the stream better than VLC did (less choppiness and more of the video. VLC started the audio before the video). No option to save the stream

BS : Error on trying to open the stream. It seems to have video capture also but I can’t play with the settings unless I have a video to capture.

VLC + 1


OS Support:

VLC : Basically everything
GOM : Windows
BS Pro : Windows

VLC + 1


VLC : 6
GOM : 2
BS Pro Player : 3

If you don’t care about streaming, the choice would really be between bs and vlc, but with vlc being better, and free, it should be a no brainer. I am honestly going to uninstall GOM and BS as soon as I finish this post.



  1. I will remember this the next time I need any streamers =)

    Comment by lithiumed — October 25, 2006 @ 8:27 am

  2. […] Video: They all suck. Get VLC. (check here for a review) […]

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  3. […] Please go read this post I wrote after a few days of GOM Player use! […]

    Pingback by GOM Player - The VLC Killer! « Paper Kingdoms — November 1, 2006 @ 3:37 pm

  4. for graphical menu Gom is the best.

    Comment by piseth — September 13, 2007 @ 6:00 am

  5. GOM Player has good interface.
    I like the shortcut keys and skins.

    Comment by pisethkem — January 6, 2008 @ 8:53 am

  6. cFNaDg hi nice site thx

    Comment by bob — January 17, 2008 @ 2:59 am

  7. this thing was totally biased… you ddin’t even do subtitles

    and GOM is multilanguage

    and it’s the most popular multimedia player in asia

    Comment by JS — February 10, 2008 @ 2:33 pm

  8. cool

    Comment by キラキラ星返送局 — May 24, 2008 @ 5:55 am

  9. I agree with JS. I used VLC religiously until I found GOM. For a while I used both and then finally just switched solely over to gom. Personally I find it to work on a level above vlc and is more visually appealing. gom is missing feature vlc possesses but the same can be said about vlc missing gom features. Over all I feel gom comes up on top over all other video players :P!

    Comment by MathewJL — July 11, 2008 @ 2:48 pm

  10. What, no love for Media Player Classic?

    Get it. NOW.

    Comment by Rickysio — September 7, 2008 @ 11:44 pm

  11. well, i used vlc for years.. but now i am using gom cause vlc is slower. it drags slow….
    as gom plays flv, it should be able to play different media files

    Comment by tanveer — November 17, 2008 @ 9:45 am

  12. Windows Media Player is my favorite. I love the skins. Each one is a winner!

    Comment by Lars Thierling — November 21, 2008 @ 11:43 am

    • teahh i knw theis getges

      Comment by detert — July 8, 2009 @ 3:03 pm

  13. I would have to go with VLC player.. which is fantastic.


    Comment by David Gortler — December 31, 2008 @ 2:58 am

  14. I\’d get so much more work done if it wasnt for pbbgs 😉

    Comment by browser rpg — March 29, 2009 @ 9:51 am

  15. divergence of interscotlers

    Comment by dftenre — April 3, 2009 @ 8:57 am

  16. also, denter soterst

    Comment by dftenre — April 3, 2009 @ 8:57 am

  17. the concept of evqe

    Comment by dftenre — April 3, 2009 @ 8:58 am

  18. I had used VLC and finally very slow and when playing 3GP if I want to jump to somepart, VLC terminate, but GOM no matter you want to jump anywhere no problem, and the most I like is it is easily adjust brightness, contrast, and saturation, some video is dark and I can adjust the brightness

    Comment by donaldbb — April 29, 2009 @ 9:21 am

  19. simply
    vlc = gom player = km player
    its just fans discuss

    Comment by fadi — June 11, 2009 @ 8:23 pm

  20. Очень понравился ваш блог! Подписался на rss. Буду регулярно читать.

    Comment by hypeSkecy — July 2, 2009 @ 11:11 am

  21. I use VLC most of the time and haven’t had any faults with it yet so that one would get my vote

    Comment by Compare Suppliers — August 9, 2009 @ 7:15 am

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