Some powerful features of SMPlayer

The SMPlayer and MPlayer combination is undoubtedly the best media player on Linux. It has many powerful features which are very useful. Following is a small list:

  • Audio can be amplified hugely from the General -> Audio settings by selecting “Use software volume control” and using a higher value for Max Amplification. Also enable “Volume normalization by default”.
  • Many players fail to play highly compressed MKV files smoothly. In SMPlayer Performance tab change the value of “Threads for decoding (MPEG…) to 2. In Cache tab change the “Cache for local files” to 2048KB.
  • Subtitles (if available) for movies can be downloaded automatically from opensubtitles.org.
  • Special parameters can be passed to MPlayer from Advanced -> Options for MPlayer.
  • Can browse and play YouTube videos using SMTube.
  • Listen to online radio.
  • For a minimal and clean GUI select “Mini GUI” in Interface -> GUI.

SMPlayer changes its size, position etc. when you switch between audio and video files no matter what options you choose. To counter this, I positioned SMPlayer at a preferred location of the screen and then stopped the file playing and exited SMPlayer. Then I ran the following to stop SMPlayer from updating its position every time it plays:

$ sudo chattr +i ~/.config/smplayer/smplayer.ini

This makes the file immutable. You have to make the file modifiable again to apply any change in configuration permanently. To revert, use:

$ sudo chattr -i ~/.config/smplayer/smplayer.ini

Install the latest SMPlayer on Ubuntu (install the package smplayer-skins for some excellent skins other than the default one):

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

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