SMPlayer with mpv on Ubuntu Trusty

SMPlayer is a very powerful multiplatform GUI wrapper over MPlayer and its fork mplayer2. We explored some of its interesting features earlier. Recently it has added support for mpv, a fork of MPlayer and mplayer2 (which died out) and with new features for playing all your multimedia:

  • Streamlined CLI options with a lot of improvement and rework
  • OpenGL based high-quality video output even wit scaling
  • On-screen controller which appears on mouse movement
  • Possibility to display two subtitles at once
  • Play videos from video sites, like Youtube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, Vevo and many more video hosting sites
  • Support for MKV ordered chapters
  • Precise seeking
  • Native support for VAAPI and VDA. Improved VDPAU uses ffmpeg hardware acceleration APIs.
  • Better support for taking screenshots
  • Open source and multi-platform

Though mpv offers an on-screen controller fans of SMPlayer might find it lacking. Here’s are the steps to install the testing versions of SMPlayer and mpv on Ubuntu 14.04:

  • Install mpv and SMPlayer
    $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/trusty-media
    $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/testing
    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get install mpv smplayer
  • Run SMPlayer. Navigate to OptionsPreferences ▸ GeneralMPlayer executable. Change mplayer to mpv in the text field.

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