Introduction

What is Miro?

Miro is an amazing open-source, non-profit video player.

Works with your current music library

It’s very easy to switch from iTunes to Miro—without any copying. Just point Miro to your music and video folders and those files will appear. If you don’t like Miro (impossible!), nothing’s changed.

Converts and syncs to Android

You’d have to be crazy to use a music player that doesn’t sync to your phone. Miro is simply the best music and video player for Android phones and tablets.

Buy music and apps from inside Miro

The Amazon MP3 store is built-in to Miro. Buy, download, and listen, seamlessly. Buy Android apps from the Amazon or Google app stores and they will sync to your device.

Download and play almost any video

Do you still use separate programs to download, play music, play videos, and sync to your phone? Miro plays almost any video or music format and downloads from YouTube, podcasts, Amazon, and bittorrent.

Convert any video

You can convert almost any video with Miro into mp4/h264, with presets for almost any device you can think of (including iPhones, iPods, iPads, Android phones, and more).

Share Your Media on your Network

When two Miro’s are on the same wifi network, they can stream and transfer music and videos to each other. It’s the easiest way to watch a video or play music upstairs if the file is downstairs.

Open-source—don’t lock yourself in!

Unlike some other media players (cough, cough), Miro is not trying to run your life! Not only is Miro 100% free and open-source, it’s made by a non-profit organization. You don’t need to be locked down by one corporation to have a great media experience.

Ultra-fast torrent downloading

Miro has some of the fastest bittorrent downloading in the world, built in. Try us head-to-head with any bittorrent application!

But it’s not about the features!

Miro has a lot of features, but that’s not what matters—it’s the experience. Miro is a simple, beautiful, unified way to download, organize, and watch videos and listen to music. And it’s totally free.

Who works on Miro?

The bulk of the implementation/programming is done by staff members of Participatory Culture Foundation with contributions from people like you.

Translations are contributed by volunteers using the Launchpad translations interface.

Testing and QA is done by Janet and people like you who volunteer your time and equipment to help make Miro bug-free.

If you’re interested in being a part of our team, see Contributing.

Who is Participatory Culture Foundation?

Participatory Culture Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Worcester, MA, USA. We were founded in 2005 with a mission to build tools and services that give people more ways to engage in their culture.

We have several projects we work on:

  1. Miro - Our free and open-source desktop video player, built on open standards and designed to encourage decentralization of video hosting.
  2. Miro Community - An open-source video presentation service that organizations and communities use to quickly create a beautiful video website.
  3. Open Video Alliance - PCF is a founder of the Open Video Alliance, a coalition of organizations, companies, and individuals that are working to create open tools, workflows, licensing systems for online video.
  4. Miro Video Converter - An open source video converter for Windows and OSX that makes it really really easy to convert videos targeting a variety of popular devices in a variety of popular formats including Ogg Theora and WebM.
  5. Universal Subtitles - A project to make captioning, subtitling, and translating video publicly accessible in a way that’s free and open. We’re building tools and infrastructure to make creating and distributing subtitles easy to do for everyone for all video on the Internet.
  6. And other projects, too!

Participatory Culture Foundation is a non-profit and we work on Miro and other projects and make them available to everyone for free. We work with organizations like Wikimedia, Mozilla, Creative Commons, and others to make the web and video on the web open and usable by everyone.

If you value the work that we do or wish we could do more of it, please consider donating your time and money. For more on this, see Contributing.

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