Feb 20

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

Aug 16

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.