Have you tried GOMPlayer ( http://www.gomplayer.com/main.html)?
I am using it as my primary video player. I works better than VLC media player. Skins can be downloaded from their Korean site.
GOMPlayer does for video what XMPLay does for audio.
“We are offering you the world best media player! GOM is a FREE media player with popular audio & video codecs built-in. No need to install codecs separately! br> br>Try one of your broken AVI files or one of the files that is being downloaded with GOM.
You will discover.. the magic.. “
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