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||SMPlayer intends to be a complete front-end for MPlayer, from basic features like playing videos, DVDs, and VCDs to more advanced features like support for MPlayer filters and more. One of the most interesting features of SMPlayer: it remembers the settings of all files you play. So you start to watch a movie but you have to leave... don't worry, when you open that movie again it will resume at the same point you left it, and with the same settings: audio track, subtitles, volume...
16.9.0 / 126.96.36.19924 Unstable (October 20, 2016)
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" One of the most interesting features of SMPlayer: it remembers the settings of all files you play. So you start to watch a movie but you have to leave... don't worry, when you open that movie again it will resume at the same point you left it"
This feature was not working, i mean only the time resuming one, but just found the solution,
to have the the time resume you must uncheck -Interface-Seeking-"Pressing the stop button once resets time position"
Saying it "won't play mp4" is stupid and misleading. Mp4 files can contain a lot of different formats and if you don't even know that you aren't qualified to review ANY video software. What you did was download a video that was incompetently encoded and probably by someone who had stupid incompatible codec packs.
VLC and smplayer are the best players for throwing anything at them. Contrary to popular opinion, smplayer is better at that than vlc. I've only rarely used vlc for videos for several years, in case smplayer doesn't work with it properly. That's rare. Usually smplayer plays it better than vlc. But they're both good at that.
Smplayer gives me better quality video rendering performance than any other one I've ever tried. And I've tried a lot of them. The difference is extremely noticeable even on a smaller screen. Just set the local file stream cache to 8192Kb ... a setting that isn't in vlc as of v. 2.0. Stupid.
The video settings are excellent. Extremely intuitive. They're so well designed that the fact that documentation is very sparse has never bothered me at all. Most other player's settings (esp vlc and mpc-hc) are just ridiculously poor. Don't these people understand that you put the most commonly used settings first?
The only area where vlc is better than smplayer is for playing music because vlc's playlist works better for me. When I was more of a windows user vlc was my favorite for audio. But I have specific needs for music. I have to have a good directory based playlist structure because of the way I organize my music and very, very few music players have it.
This doesn't mean I like smplayer less. I have absolutely no problem with using a different program for video and audio.
I downloaded the SM Player, because when I played mp4 movies in VLC the image stuttered. I can still watch the movie and the sound is ok but it is not much fun. I was told the SM player could play mp4.
Unfortunately, not so. Mp4 did not play at all, the timer jumped in sequences of 5 to 8 seconds but no image. Mkv at least showed an image but it was jumpy. Same with avi. The same movies mkv and avi played with no problems in VCL.
Once a movie was loaded, the player responded very slowly (about 5 secs) to pause or stop. I could only exit via ctrl, alt, delete.
The main program appears to work fine and offers a lot of functionality. I haven't really tested it enough to make an overall comparison to VLC or MPC. One problem I had, though, was when I tied to run the smtube.exe program. Norton antivirus immediately picked it up as a security danger and removed it from my computer! It's not a feature I really need, but it sort of made me wonder. Is it a false positive?
This is somewhat preliminary ... I haven't been using it that long. But so far I really like it. It handles a ton of formats, in fact it'[s as good as vlc that way, and doesn't load weird codecs that'll conflict.
There are probably some quirks, like many Linux to Windows ports, but I haven't seen many of that yet. Despite quirks I've had very good results in general with Linux ports.
One quirk is that it doesn't handle DVD menus well. But it certainly doesn't seem as buggy as vlc. And I can still use mpchc for DVDs.
I've been using vlc (mostly) and mpchc. The latter really just for DVDs because vlc doesn't play them properly. The docs for vlc are much better than mpchc, though that's damning with faint praise. But vlc is just too buggy for me. The more I use it the less I like it.
However, the one thing vlc has for me is that it's much more forgiving with pixelated videos.
Except for this. SMPlayer has an option under Filters for adding noise to the signal. That's exactly the thing I wanted ... just like dithering in digital audio, which adds noise to mask quantization distortion. Which is pretty much analagous to pixelated video. It works very well. Why can't those other players put something like this into the mass of poorly documented (if at all) video options? And make it easy to find like with this?
In other words, I really like this interface. It's very intuitive and well designed. So few of these freeware coders understand that, yes, some tasks are inherently complex, but there are almost always certain things you're going to be using 80% of the time. And a properly designed interface with at least put those things at the top of the menu or just make them more prominent.
In fact, the interface is good enough that I don't mind the relative lack of documentation.
The video rendering quality is excellent too. It seems to use many of the same filters as avidemux, which is a good thing. I watched some video that is a good quality rip as far as the use of transcoding software is concerned but the bit rate is somewhat too low so it's definitely pixelated. Even with no filtering the pixelation was only really obvious in one scene, and that scene's a torture test.
The other thing, and the main reason I wanted to try this really, is that if you close the program before you finish watching a video it remembers the time and other settings. This is a great and, really, obvious feature.
I guess I like this program. I've had vlc set as my default player for videos other than dvd source for a while. That will probably change.
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