SMPlayer using mpv

mpv is another fork of mplayer. Many people have asked to add support for it in SMPlayer.

In this video you can see SMPlayer playing a video using mpv:

However only very basic things work (play, pause, stop, seek).

Adding full support for mpv would be very hard. The mpv developers made a lot of changes which made mpv incompatible with SMPlayer (and other mplayer front-ends).

They renamed many options, removed the slave mode, and even removed the -identify option which SMPlayer uses to get info about the video.

Actually the slave mode is not removed, but it’s deprecated and the developers said it shouldn’t be used.

Maybe it would be possible to fully support mpv, but it would be a hard work that would take months, and only if they do not actually remove the slave mode.

What do you think? Would it be worth to try to support mpv? I mean, after all probably most of the SMPlayer users wouldn’t notice any difference compared to mplayer…

 

SMPlayer 14.9 available for Ubuntu

A new version of SMPlayer, 14.9, is available for Ubuntu. There are packages for Ubuntu 12.04 (precise), 14.04 (trusty) and 14.10 (utopic) in our PPA.

This is a maintenance release. This version provides a new fix for Youtube playback. We also improved the option to search for subtitles. There’s a new feature, requested by many users: now it’s possible to shut down the computer after playback.

Notice however that now the themes and skins use a new format. Now instead of installing hundreds of png files, the images are packaged in resource files. That means that you need to update the packages smplayer-themes and smplayer-skins as well.

To update, just enter these commands in a terminal:

sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install smplayer smtube smplayer-themes smplayer-skins

Packages for Windows will be available soon.

SMPlayer the best performing media player for 2014

The web techradar.com chose SMPlayer as best performing media player for 2014.

The winner of our roundup was SMPlayer. It wasn't the quickest player to
launch and load files, but it never took more than two seconds, which we
think is an acceptable wait. It excelled where it mattered though - in
CPU and memory performance. Thanks to a maximum memory footprint of just
80MB, and average CPU utilisation just that little bit more efficient
than the other two players on the podium, SMPlayer emerges as the best
performing media player for 2014.

You can read the whole article here.

(Of course, the good performing is due to mplayer)

SMPlayer 14.3 Released

Previous version was 0.8.6, this new release is 14.3… What happened? Now the version is just the year and month of the release.

Version 14.3

  • The control for fullscreen mode has been rewritten and improved. Now it is displayed over the video.
  • (Windows) New option in Preferences -> Subtitles to enable or disable the use of the Windows font directory. Disabling this option prevents the annoying font scanning.
  • Some presets have been added to the audio equalizer.
  • (Experimental) Possibility to play (non-protected) blu-ray discs.
  • Better support for multimedia keys. This can help control SMPlayer with a remote control.
  • New option in the playlist preferences for adding automatically other files in the folder to the playlist.
  • The option “Move the window when the video area is dragged” has been fixed.
  • (Windows) Now it’s possible to open Windows shortcuts (symlinks).
  • Better support for Youtube.
  • (Windows) Better screensaver disabling.
  • Many bugfixes.
  • Possibility to compile with Qt 5.

You can download this new version from the official site: 

http://smplayer.sourceforge.net

How to use a MCE remote control with SMPlayer

I’ve just got a MCE compatible remote control. So I wanted to use it with SMPlayer.

MCE remote control

Under Windows it was pretty easy, SMPlayer recognized the buttons as key strokes, so it was just a matter of assigning the remote buttons (Play, Stop, Volume Up and so on) to the proper functions. Now the development version (from r6033) already has those buttons assigned by default for new installations (for old installations you need to load the file default.keys in the shortcut editor).

Under Linux this remote control is already supported by the kernel, it works out of the box, it’s not necessary to use lirc or inputlirc. But there was a problem, some keys like Play, Pause, Stop didn’t work. These keys were grabbed by the desktop (it seems by a component of Gnome) and so they weren’t available by other applications. Fortunately this can be solved easily, in the gnome-control-center: Keyboard -> Sound and Media, just disable all the multimedia shortcuts.

Disable the media shortcuts

SMPlayer 0.8.6 for Ubuntu

There are available packages for SMPlayer 0.8.6 (for saucy, raring, quantal and precise) in the SMPlayer PPA.

If you still don’t have it, you can add the repository with this command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer

To update SMPlayer:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install smplayer smtube smplayer-skins

The packages for Windows will be available soon.