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Quick Start Guide

Nitro Media Player is a free all-in-one multimedia player that works with most audio and video files as well as DVDs, Blu-ray discs, audio CDs, VCDs, and various network and streaming protocols. Enjoy playback of all your favorite music, videos and DVD movies without the need to install any extra plugins, codec, or software.

How to play audio or video files

A media file can be opened in one of the following two ways:

  1. From Windows Explorer:
    • Locate the media file you would like to play
    • Double the media file to start playing
  2. From Nitro Media Player:
    • From the main menu, click Media
    • Select Open File…
    • Locate the media file you wish to play and click Open

How to play CD, VCD, or SVCD

  • Choose Media > Open Disc… (or Ctrl + D) to launch the Open Media dialog box
  • From the Disc tab, select either Audio CD or SVCD/VCD
  • With the disc loaded, select the media disc from the Disc Drive dropdown list
  • Click the Play button to start playing the disc media

How to play DVD or Blu-ray disc

  • Choose Media > Open Disc… (or Ctrl + D) to launch the Open Media dialog box
  • From the Disc tab, select either DVD or Blu-ray
  • With the disc loaded, select the media disc from the Disc Drive dropdown list
  • Click the Play button to start playing the disc media

How to play YouTube videos

  • Copy the URL of the YouTube video you would like to play. For instance: https://youtu.be/g4U4BQW9OEk
  • Back in Nitro Media Player, select Media Open Network Stream… (or Ctrl + N)
  • Paste the URL of the YouTube video in the text box labelled Please enter a network URL:
  • Click the Play button


Depending on the speed of your Internet, it may take some time for the video to load and be buffered prior to being played. 

How to convert audio or video files

  • From the main menu, click Media
  • Select Convert/ Save…, or you can just press Ctrl+R
  • Click the + Add… button to the right of the File Selection list to add the media file you would like to convert
  • When done with adding files, click the Convert/Save button
  • in the Convert dialog box and in Settings, click the Profile drop-down box and select the format to convert to
  • Click the Browse button to specify the file name and location for the destination file
  • Click Start to begin the format conversion process

How to record from a webcam

  • Select Media > Open Capture Device…
  • Select Direct Show from the Capture Mode Drop Down
  • Choose the video and audio device from the drop-down menus or follow the options built-in
  • Go down to Play and choose the drop-down arrow and choose Convert
  • Select your video code
  • Click Browse to choose the file
  • Name your file and click Save
  • Click Start to begin the recording and Stop for stopping the recording

How to capture a screenshot of a video

Nitro Media Player allows you to take screenshot of your favorite parts of a video file. Make sure that the video for which you want to take the snapshot is playing. You can pause when you reach that part of the video of which you need the Screenshot.

  • From the main menu click Video > Take Snapshot
  • or, the keyboard shortcut in Windows is SHIFT + S


All screen shots files are automatically saved to default locations based on the operating system, usually under C:\Users\[username]\Pictures\