Rounding out this little series I took a look at KDE’s video player of choice: Dragon Player.
Dragon Player’s power comes from the integrated KDE media backend Phonon. What this means for the user is that it is completely compatible with all installed system codecs. Speaking of codecs, Dragon Player prompts you whenever it doesn’t recognize a new piece of media and offers the ability to automatically search and install the required codecs. This works very well and allows you to keep your system relatively free of nonsense codecs you’ll never actually use, instead installing what you need as you need it.
For a KDE application Dragon Player is surprisingly streamlined and doesn’t offer very many configuration options. In fact almost any other video player has more configuration options than Dragon Player. The only real settings I could find were changing how the video playback looks:
And that’s it. No seriously, there isn’t anything else to mention about this application and believe it or not that’s a good thing! This program is designed for exactly one thing and it does it well. If you’re looking for a single use video player application, and you’re not already a VLC fan, I would highly suggest this as an alternative.
More in this series
- The apps of KDE 4.10 Part I: Rekonq
- The apps of KDE 4.10 Part II: Kontact
- The apps of KDE 4.10 Part III: KTorrent
- The apps of KDE 4.10 Part IV: Amarok
- The apps of KDE 4.10 Part V: Kopete
- The apps of KDE 4.10 Part VI: Calligra Suite
Previously I was running KDE 4.3.3 on top of Fedora 11 (for the first experiment) and KDE 4.6.5 on top of Gentoo (for the second experiment).