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Play video files from incomplete RAR archives with Dziobas RAR Player

Dziobas RAR Player is a media player with a couple of nice features, but one that stands out in particular: the ability to play an incomplete RAR file.

With videos that have been compressed as RAR files, you usually have to wait until the entire archive is downloaded before you can uncompress the file for playback. With Dziobas RAR player, you can view any portion of the RAR file you've downloaded without having to wait for the rest. This can be helpful in a few ways:
  • You can make sure that the RAR file is actually what it claims to be
  • You can make sure that you have the proper codecs on your system to playback the file
  • You can watch the video while the rest downloads; if you time it right, you can watch the RAR file all the way through without ever having to uncompress it.
To open an incomplete RAR file for playback in Dziobas RAR player, go to File, Streaming from Unrar, and locate the RAR file. That's all there is to it. The only limitation we could find was the inability to fast forward and rewind the movie while it was still downloading.

Dziobas RAR player also supports subtitles, has a thumbnail generator, and more. The free program is Windows only.

[via Sizlopedia]

Tags: freeware, RAR, video