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 Options ▸ Preferences ▸ General ▸ MPlayer executable. Change mplayer to mpv in the text field.