Lose the interface and immerse in your videos with Invisible Control Video Player for Win 8.

Invisible Control Video Player brings gesture commands to Windows 8 and Windows RT that will let you easily manage your viewing experience without being obtrusive.

With the integration of touch technology into Windows, you might have expected Microsoft to have basic gesture commands built into its native video players, especially when it is touting the surface tablet; unfortunately, this is not the case. Not to worry, however, as Invisible Controls Video Player is here to save the day!

Supporting most major file formats, Invisible Control lets you configure gestures to the action of your choice. This allows for an unobtrusive interaction with your device while watching videos such as rewinding, fast forwarding, increasing the volume or changing to the next video on the playlist. The average user probably wouldn’t find the lack of gesture control important enough to shell out the extra cash for it, like we did. After a couple of hours of using Invisible Control Video Player, however, we started wondering why this wasn’t included the first place.

The Home Page

Installation occurs through the Microsoft Windows Store, so the hardest part is probably entering your credit card number and password. The app itself offers a one page tutorial to get you started. We suggest that you head on over to the setting page to check out the possible commands. The top and bottom of the screen act as an invisible playback bar and volume bar respectively. Tapping the top allows you to scrub the currently watched video and doing likewise on the bottom will allow you to change the volume. The center of the screen is where most of your gesturing takes place

Quick and easy Tutorial

Invisible Control allows interaction using 1-5 fingers with gestures such as tap, double tap, swipes left/right/up/down. This can support up to 30 unique commands at any one time. There isn’t really a UI beyond the setting page but everything is pretty intuitive, and we like intuitive software. The most useful features we’ve noticed are the tap to pause, 2 fingers tap to mute and the volume bar on the bottom. This could save your eardrums when plugging headphones to skull shattering level volume videos. The top scrubs bar is nice to have but hard to be precise when needing to skip to a certain spot as it is a trial-and-error process.

Playing a Video

For the price of $1.99, it can be a tough call. This is probably our biggest complaint with Invisible Control Video Player. It would be an easier buy if it was priced half the current cost due to it being a dedicated video player rather than an integrated feature. Invisible Control will not work with other videos not viewed through its player such as YouTube or Netflix. However, it does bring a nice level of immersion for watching longer videos, like movies, as you would never have to see any sort of UI or control interface, just the full picture.

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