smplayer-themes 18.6 includes a new dark theme. Some screenshots:
To use it, go to Preferences -> Interface, select “Basic GUI” as GUI and “Dark” as icon set.
Now in SMPlayer 18.2.2 is possible to display subtitles with a semi-transparent background.
Go to Preferences -> Subtitles -> Font and colors, select Opaque box as border style, now you can adjust the level of opacity of the background.
These are the changes:
The mpv developers have deprecated some video and audio filters. SMPlayer 17.10 stops using those deprecated filters and is now using new filters.
Unfortunately older versions of mpv may not have those filters. This can cause playback without audio or video. A workaround is to turn off all video and audio filters. If you don’t have audio, turn off the audio equalizer in Preferences -> General -> Audio. Another workaround is to switch to mplayer by selecting mplayer as multimedia engine in Preferences -> General.
Of course the proper solution is to update mpv. Ubuntu users will find a recent version of mpv, which works perfectly fine with SMPlayer 17.10, in this PPA:
SMPlayer 17.9 gives the possibility to change the search method for finding subtitles on opensubtitles.org. SMPlayer has always used in the past the “hash” method, now it’s possible to search by filename.
This is an explanation of both methods:
In order to change it, click on the Options button in the Find Subtitles window.
SMPlayer 17.8 brings a new audio filter which makes the audio easier to listen to on headphones. You can find it in the menu Audio -> Filters.
This is the ffmpeg earwax filter. From the ffmpeg documentation:
This filter adds ‘cues’ to 44.1kHz stereo (i.e. audio CD format) audio so that when listened to on headphones the stereo image is moved from inside your head (standard for headphones) to outside and in front of the listener (standard for speakers).
SMPlayer 17.1 added support for Chromecast. Now SMPlayer 17.3 has just added the possibility to display subtitles on Chromecast (still an experimental feature).
However currently there are some limitations:
Now connect to Chromecast and start playback as usual. The subtitles should be displayed on the TV screen.
Note: you can actually select a subtitle in srt or any other format in SMPlayer, but the SMPlayer Chromecast Control will try to use a subtitle file with the same name but with the vtt extension.
SMPlayer 17.1 features experimental support for Chromecast. Now you can send videos from SMPlayer to your Chromecast device, including local files from your computer and online streams such as TV channels or videos from sites like YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Vevo and many more.
Notice however that Chromecast only supports a limited list of formats and codecs, so some videos won’t play. Click here to see the list of supported media.
Start to play a video in SMPlayer, then select the option Play on Chromecast from the Play menu. (After that you can stop playback in SMPlayer).
Note: at this point Windows users will probably get a notification from the Windows firewall. Please click on “Allow access”. Otherwise Chromecast won’t be able to access the files in your computer.
A web page will be opened in your web browser with the URL of the video. This web page can communicate with your Chromecast device. You’ll find options to connect/disconnect, start playback and controls for play, pause, volume, seek…
Important: although SMPlayer will open the web page with your default web browser this will probably only work with Google Chrome and Chromium.
Subtitles are not supported yet.
There’s also an option in the context menu of the playlist to open the selected video on Chromecast.
In order to server local files (from your computer) to Chromecast, SMPlayer will run a tiny web server. You can change some of the settings for the server (like the port to use) in the SMPlayer preferences: Network -> Chromecast.