After having used the various versions of the Elecard MPEG Player, from 2.0 through 5.7, through the last several years for video and audio verification I am pleased to continued to the newest version, 7.1.
The information that can be easily accessed, from video and audio PID values, through the Info tab to the statistical information, through the Parameters functions make the software easy to use, understand and depend on. The resizable video screen helps my team in whatever way they wish to view their work, the Playlist's general ease of use along with the History and, if needed, the Bookmarks, make the processing of multiple files and going to back to work previously done for picking up where you've left off or saving lists for our needs effortless for the amount of files we go through.
The ability to view subtitles or Closed Captioned files is also pleasantly simple and with the world's addition of MPEG-4, 4K and HD-720 abd 1080 my team's work has been made even easier. The plugins for AVC for the older versions of the software were simple in their inclusion and the software streamed everything together seamlessly. The newest version of the MPEG Player includes all of the plugins making the system even more capable and ready for immediate use.
In terms of comparing players, both free and purchasable, for my team's needs I would choose Elecard every time. The simplicity of viewing the needed information - with VLC you have go searching for PID information including encoding and bit rates, MPC-HC will let you right-click on the screen and then search the menu to get some information but Elecard has it all already visibly available - you may have to click on a "+" sign but it's all readily available. Even going to the Setting is a simple button click right on the player. There is no need to click on a menu, look for Options or Preferencies and then find what you need.
Lastly, it plays everything my team has tried. Yes, most of the other players can play everything, too, but when you add in all of the other plusses and remarkable statutes of the program this leaves Elecard on top of the list for me. Arguments can be made for other players, certainly, but when you want the best you're going to pay for it - and Elecard is the best for my team!