The top picks in free multimedia software:

Elisa – added 11/6/2008

Elisa is an open source cross-platform media center connecting the Internet to an all-in-one media player. The Elisa Media Center has many advanced features that will make your media center experience unique. It features an intuitive interface with a professional look and feel which can be easily used with a standard TV remote control.

CamStudio – added 6/12/2006

CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using it’s built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs).

Quintessential Player – added 4/17/2004

This download is a fully skinnable audio player that uses a plug-in architecture, allowing it to be as simple or as feature-laden as you like. Go for a minimal installation to preserve system resources or add a variety of visualizers, library functions, DSP filters, language packs, and other plug-ins to extend the capabilities of this player. Quintessential Player has full support for most popular audio formats including MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, and Windows Media.

musikCube – added 2/16/2005

musikCube, or Cube for short, is an mp3 and ogg library management and playback system. Additional formats will be supported in the future. Cube is available to anyone running a Windows NT based operating system (NT4, 2000, XP) and is designed to help even the most disorganized computer user take control of their music.

XMPlay – added 4/2/2004

XMPlay is a Windows music player, supporting the OGG / MP3 / MP2 / MP1 / WMA / WAV / MO3 / IT / XM / S3M / MTM / MOD / UMX audio formats, and PLS / M3U / ASX playlists. A load more formats are also supported via Winamp plugins. When XMPlay was first released in 1998, only the XM format was supported, hence the name “XMPlay”.

XVid;-) – added 5/25/2004

XVid;-) is a video player for avi (DivX), mpeg, asf and other formats. It supports zooming and fullscreen viewing, subtitles (transparent and framed), playlist and extended support for keyboard operation. XVid;-) comes with a simple, easy to read interface and additional skins to chose from