30 Jan 2013

SMPlayer - the best media player for Windows & Linux

VLC fans out there might go crazy at the post title but in my limited experience I've found SMPlayer to be a bit lighter on resources while playing high quality videos and frame-rate tends to be better compared to VLC. Other than that they both are wonderful cross-platform open source media players and no other commercial media player out there can hold a candle to them.

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SMPlayer uses Mplayer as playback engine so it can play all video & audio formats that MPlayer supports and it wouldn't be an overstatement to say that MPlayer is capable of playing all known video & audio files.
SMPlayer comes with built-in codecs and it doesn't need any external codecs. SMPlayer can also play & record Youtube™ videos. It can remember the settings of all files you play. So you start to watch a movie but you have to leave... don't worry, when you open that movie again it will resume at the same point you left it, and with the same settings: audio track, subtitles, volume...

Features of SMPlayer:

  • Support for Youtube™. A browser is included which allows to search, play and record videos.
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  • Many video and audio filters are available: deinterlace, postprocessing, denoise... and even a karaoke filter (voice removal).
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  • Video equalizer, allows you to adjust the brightness, contrast, hue, saturation and gamma of the video image.
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  • Multiple speed playback. You can play at 2X, 4X... and even in slow motion.
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  • Audio and subtitles delay adjustment. Allows you to sync audio and subtitles
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  • Advanced options, such as selecting a demuxer or video & audio codecs.
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  • Support for skins and icon themes.
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  • On your own language: currently SMPlayer is translated into more than 30 languages, including Spanish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese....
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  • Cross-platform. Available for Windows & Linux.


SMTube is already included in the Windows packages but on Linux it's an independent package. SMTube's code was taken from UMPlayer (developed by Ori Rejwan). This browser as i already mentioned before can not only search & play Youtube videos but it's also capable of downloading them.

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SMTUbe can be used as a stand-alone application and you can select the video player to use (smplayer, mplayer, vlc, dragon player, totem or gnome-mplayer).
Windows users can get SMPlayer from here,
Download SMPlayer for Windows
Ubuntu users can easily install SMPlayer & SMTube by running the following commands in a terminal
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install smplayer smtube smplayer-themes smplayer-skins
For other Linux distributions like Gentoo, Mandriva, Slackware, Arch, SUSE there are third packages available. you can get them from here,
Download SMPlayer for Linux

Well, after reading this brief introduction of SMPlayer even the die-hard VLC fans would agree that SMPlayer is a great media player and i would say if you install SMPlayer on your Linux or Windows PC you won't ever be in need for another media player. Time to say bye for now! Enjoy a great multimedia experience with SMPlayer! Cheers!!!


Giti Thadani said...

SM player definitely has better performance - features of film rotation - speed control ergonomically designed. Very useful as I work a lot with complex video edits. Always had problems with VLC - not that stable a player

elizabeth mueller said...

How do I record my voice

Anonymous said...

I also prefer smplayer over vlc. what are your thoughts about Audacious as a lightweight music player or can you suggest another? btw nice blog.

crashbash said...

Tried it on your recommendation, worked right out of the box. Although I am only viewing DVD films, the only player that seems to be able to handle DVD menus is VLC, the others seem to stick at the menu {MPlayer like otherwise} or jump straight into the film, as SMPlayer {& Movie Player} did. SMPlayer seems like a winner to me and Ubuntu 12.04, thanks.

Anonymous said...

Used VLC for many years, never had complaints. But ofcourse, sometimes looking for an even better alternative. Just installed and tried SMPlayer + mplayer2 (Linux) today because of all the credits and likes.
The GUI might be more appealing, That's about it.
Top showed higher cpu consumption for both SMPLayer and mplayer (each 5-6%), VLC just about 4% while playing the same video, so VLC seems 2-3 times more efficient.
As for 'fancy' video and audio filters (who's really uses them anyway?), VLC has even more options.
The first 2 movies gave me an error in SMPlayer 'Oops, something went wrong'. Think I'm going to stick to VLC.