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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...
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0.8.5 (May 09, 2013)
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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.
Possibly the best free player (PotPlayer is great too).
However one infuriating thing is that SMPlayer insists on scanning the entire fonts folder if you've made any changes since it was last launched. It seems there is no way to switch off this behaviour and it's pretty annoying, particularly as the majority of users probably have no need of fonts in a media player.
The only player that will play 1080 (2k H264) files on me Pentium pro without stuttering or losing audio sync. Plays them better than VLC. I still like KMplayer because of the huge number of features but SMPlayer is faster and seems to play all file types.
I agree. Best media player I've ever used. Only player I found that plays my recorded DVD-RAM discs flawlessly. Also has option to rotate vid 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise for the occasional annoying clips that are recorded sideways.
Great player, deserves to be counted among the best, since the interface is very clear, extremely user-friendly and reacts fast.
MPlayer-GUIs I have tried always were lacking a bit in versatility or reliability. This one has it ALL. Almost any concievable variety of setup-options - you name it, it's there. The order in the setup menu also is very logically done, options are easily found and accessible. Installation runs smoothly and undaunting.
One drawback for me was the fact that with the version I tried (0.6.2) everytime I changed setup during playback, the player took a few seconds to reload the streams. You are advised of the fact on their site (obviously it's meant to be that way), but it can get a bit frustrating, if you are working on a video-file and need to test it quickly (and e.g., subs). For the time being I gave up on it, although I certainly will watch the project progressing. If it does the way it did so far, this player could get my favourite, over VLC...
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