Nov 29

SMPlayer 15.11 has been released

The new version 15.11 is available for download. The main reason for this release is to fix the YouTube code which got broken again.

Besides of that, there are also a few other interesting changes:

  • We added support for YouTube live streams (more info)
  • The thumbnail generator is much faster (up to 2x faster than before)

Other changes:

  • New options to seek to the previous or next subtitle (mpv only).
  • New option to select the image format for the screenshots (mpv only).
  • Fix a crash when changing the GUI.
  • New option that allows to center the window automatically.
  • A tooltip is now displayed in the time slider with the corresponding time of the mouse position.
  • (Find subtitles) New option to specify if the language code should be appended to the subtitle filename.
  • (Windows) The main window will be centered if it’s partially outside of the desktop after an auto resize.
  • When adding files to the playlist the first item is moved to its correct place in the list.
  • (Experimental) New action to start/stop capturing the playback stream.

Download SMPlayer 15.11

 

Oct 31

How to play YouTube live streams with SMPlayer

From version 15.11 it’s possible to play live streams from YouTube. Be sure the YouTube support is enabled in Preferences -> Network.

It’s also necessary to use SMPlayer with mpv, since MPlayer doesn’t seem to support very well live streams from YouTube. Visit this link to find out how to install SMPlayer with mpv.

If you want to test it, here’s a live stream (Sky News): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y60wDzZt8yg
To play a YouTube video in SMPlayer select Open -> URL and paste the URL.

YouTube live stream

It’s also possible to play YouTube live streams with older versions of SMPlayer but in this case it’s necessary to use mpv+youtube-dl and make a change in the configuration:

Go to Preferences -> Network and turn off the option “Enable YouTube internal support” and turn on “Enable mpv’s support for streaming sites”.

Network configuration

There’s a downside: with mpv+youtube-dl online streams take much more time to start to play.

Sep 16

How to convert 3D formats in SMPlayer

SMPlayer includes now an option to convert 3D formats: Video -> Stereo 3D filter.

In the Stereo 3D filter dialog you need to select the input and output formats.

3D Filter Window

Let’s see an example:

In this YouTube video the format is side by side with half resolution.

side-by-side-1

So we select that option as input format. As output format you can for example select anaglyph red/cyan color, which allows you to watch the video in 3D with red/cyan glasses.

side-by-side-2

There are many outputs available. The “mono output” allows to watch the video without 3D.

Another example:

In this video the format is above-below half resolution.

above-below-1

Result with the anaglyph red/cyan output:

above-below-2

Jul 21

Huge outage in SourceForge causes a big trouble to SMPlayer users

Last Thursday, July 16th, SourceForge suffered an outage due a storage fault. 5 days later the problem is not fixed yet. They restored some services but the project web is still offline. People trying to visit smplayer.sourceforge.net will get this screen:

Website not available

So they aren’t able to download SMPlayer from the official website. The downloads from fosshub.com (where the stable packages for Windows are stored) have dropped to almost 0.

So to try to prevent this to happen again in the future, I think the best would be to host the SMPlayer website outside of SourceForge. Actually it already has been uploaded to smplayer.es.

This blog, the forum, the SVN repository, the stable downloads are already outside of SourceForge.

Mar 20

How to play torrents directly with SMPlayer (linux)

It’s possible to play torrents directly in SMPlayer, no need to download the torrent first!

You need to install peerflix. This is a video streaming BitTorrent client. It starts to download the torrent (to a temp folder) and streams the video. Then SMPlayer (or any other player) can play the stream.

You can install peerflix in Ubuntu with these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chris-lea/node.js
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nodejs
sudo npm install -g peerflix

Now to play a movie with SMPlayer run this command:

peerflix http://some-torrent/movie.torrent -g -d

For more info about the command line options type:

peerflix --help

More info about peerflix and how to use it with other players:
http://www.webupd8.org/2014/03/peerflix-stream-torrents-with-vlc-or.html

Jan 27

How to use SMPlayer with mpv in Ubuntu

SMPlayer now supports mpv, which brings new interesting features. Click here to know more.

This article explains how to get the latest version of SMPlayer and mpv in Ubuntu.

To get the latest version of SMPlayer, just update it from the official PPA, open a terminal and enter these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install smplayer

To get the latest mpv, you can use this PPA:
https://launchpad.net/~mc3man/+archive/ubuntu/mpv-tests
It contains packages for Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10.

Type these commands to add the repository and install mpv:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/mpv-tests
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install mpv

Finally, to use mpv instead of mplayer in SMPlayer, open the SMPlayer preferences dialog, and replace “mplayer” with “mpv” in the mplayer executable field:

Change the executable

That’s all.

 

Dec 18

How to install SMPlayer with mpv

Now it’s not necessary anymore to use a special installer to install SMPlayer with mpv. The regular installer gives the possibility to install either mplayer or mpv.

Just click on “Playback components” and select mpv. An mpv build will be downloaded from the internet, so you need an internet connection to perform the installation.

If you don’t know what mpv is, please read this previous article:
SMPlayer with support for MPV is now available/

Dec 08

How to play a 1080p video from Youtube with SMPlayer

The following requires SMPlayer from SVN + mpv 0.7.0 + youtube-dl.

Visit http://smplayer.sourceforge.net/mpv to know how to get them. Windows users only need to download the package from that page, everything is included in the package.

Now you have to make this adjustments in the SMPlayer configuration. In Preferences -> Network, disable the option to use the internal support for Youtube, and enable the option to play videos from streaming sites:

Play 1080p videos from Youtube - configuration 1

 

Now go to Advanced -> Options for MPlayer/MPV and enter

--ytdl-format=bestvideo+bestaudio

Play 1080p videos from Youtube - configuration 2

 

That’s all.

There’s a little problem, in this mode the reported duration of the video is wrong.

 

Nov 28

Support for video sites (not only youtube)

A new very interesting feature, thanks to the newly added support for mpv, is the possibility to play videos from many video sites. Youtube was already supported, but now you can play videos from DailyMotion, Vimeo, Vevo and many more sites, just by entering the URL of the video in SMPlayer. Performance is much better in SMPlayer (or any other player) than using the flashplayer in a web browser.

You’ll need:

  • SMPlayer from SVN
  • mpv 0.7.0 or greater
  • the very latest version of youtube-dl

Configuration:

You need to enable the option “Play video from streaming sites” in Preferences -> Network.

After that you only have to enter the URL of the video you want to play in Open -> URL. The video will be played by mpv, which will use youtube-dl to get the real address of the video.

Youtube-dl supports a lot of sites. You can get a list here: http://rg3.github.io/youtube-dl/supportedsites.html

Playing a video from dailymotion

SMPlayer already had support for Youtube, so the Youtube URLs will still be handled by SMPlayer. However it’s possible to disable SMPlayer’s internal support for Youtube. In this case the Youtube URLs will be passed directly to mpv, which actually provides an interesting feature: subtitles are available.

Playing a Youtube video with subtitles