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:
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.
I’ve just got a MCE compatible remote control. So I wanted to use it with SMPlayer.
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.
In smplayer 0.8.5 a problem with opensubtitles.org was fixed. It failed sometimes to find subtitles. Now I noticed that the problem has come back. It wasn’t able to find subtitles for some videos, while subdownloader could find them. Continue reading →