All Hail the RiffPlayer



?If you’re like me — and I know I am — you love Rifftrax, the downloadable commentary tracks by Mystery Science Theater 3000’s Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy, which you play along to DVDs of today’s crappiest movies. But if you’re also like me, you tend to drink heavily while watching Rifftrax which means you have to get up and make a new drink periodically (or go pee, because you have the bladder of a pregnant 12-year-old girl) — which also means you have to constantly pause your DVD, pause your Rifftrax, and when you get back you desperately try to get them properly synched back up.

That is… UNTIL TODAY. Because Rifftrax has just announced the RiffPlayer, a program for both PC and Mac that synches up your Rifftrax and your DVDs perfectly! I actually got to try it out last week, and it works fantastically. All you have to do is make sure you open your DVD in the RiffPlayer (not your computer’s regular DVD program), find the RiffTrax mp3 and the new sync file, and the program figures it out from there. And if things do happen to slip off track, there’s a “resync” button right on the control panel that fixes things instantly. And you can even adjust the audio levels of both the movie and the Rifftrax!

Seriously, it’s fantastic, and I can’t recommend it enough. There is one caveat, though — not all RiffTrax currently work with the RiffPlayer (there’s a full list here). But a lot of previously released titles do — all you need is those special sync files, which Rifftrax is offering for free here if you’ve previously purchased the mp3 for a compatible title.

Oh, and did I mention the RiffPlayer itself is totally free? Or that if you download it you get a free Rifftrax?

Seriously, go here, download the RiffPlayer, and improve both your Rifftrax and your quality of life immensely. If you liken Rifftrax to the invention of the wheel — which I do — then
the RiffPlayer takes the wheel and turns it into a car. It makes
Rifftrax more enjoyable, easier to use, and it allows you to stop when
necessary. No RiffTrax fan should be without it.

About Author

Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.