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SMPlayer 15.9 ships with mpv support for advanced features

SMPlayer is one of the two media players that I'm using on my main computer all the time (the other is VLC). The main reason why I'm using two players and not one is that both have their advantages and disadvantages.

I could never get resume to work properly in VLC for instance while it works just fine in SMPlayer. The media player, as the name suggests, uses mplayer as its playback engine by default.

This has not changed, but in the latest version users get an option to use mpv instead. As far as I can tell, this option is only available when you install SMPlayer and not when you use a portable version of it on Windows.

Mpv is a fork of mplayer2 and mplayer that shares many of the features of both projects plus additional ones that its developers have added to the player.

smplayer mpv

The list of what it adds to SMPlayer is long, here are some prominent examples:

  1. Precise seeking support.
  2. Support for LUA scripting.
  3. Improved responsiveness.
  4. Support for gapless audio.
  5. Support for mkv ordered chapters and 3D metadata.
  6. Support for video stream sites besides YouTube.
  7. Support for displaying two subtitles at once, better subtitle rendering.
  8. Support for VAAPI and VDA.
  9. Instant screenshots feature (no 1-frame delay).
  10. Improved OpenGL output.

Please note though that you can only select either mplayer or mpv but not both at the time of writing.

The interface of SMPlayer works exactly like before if you pick mpv as the playback engine, but you may notice changes based on the features it support, for instance that screenshots are not delayed slightly anymore or that you can stream videos from other streaming sites besides YouTube now.

smplayer with mpv

Support for mpv is without doubt the biggest feature addition in SMPlayer 15.9. There are others however that some users may be interested in including support for 3D stereo filter, improved YouTube Vevo video support, options to set a proxy, a new keyboard shortcut i to show the current playback time of the video, the total time and the current playback time percentage on the screen for two seconds, a new mouse button mapping options to load the next or previous chapter, and options to delete files on the underlying system from the playlist.

SMPlayer can be downloaded from the official project website. The media player is available for Windows and Linux.

Now You: Which media player are you using and why?

SMPlayer 15.9 ships with mpv support for advanced features
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SMPlayer 15.9 ships with mpv support for advanced features
The latest version of SMPlayer ships with support for mpv as its playback engine which adds new features to the player's capabilities.

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    1. JuCarl said on October 2, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      My favorites in my PC is GOM player, VLC and Media Player Classic.

    2. Adithya FRK said on October 2, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      I personally use VLC but smplayer seems a very good option.

      In mobile 📱 I used mxplayer till now and I recently switched to VLC android (mxplayer don’t have user defined audio sync)

    3. Adithya FRK said on October 2, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      MPC is a good player too but I use it more to take screenshots

    4. Tom Hawack said on October 2, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      MPC-BE (Black Edition) for videos and XMPlay for audio. Both run nicely and handle the audio/video formats (major ones) I use, even if not all I guess are included. On Web pages I rely on HTML5 only since I’ve removed Flash system-wide. I like little applications that do the job well and I dislike the same player for audio and video.

      I recall having tried SMPlayer some time ago but removed it because I was missing something in the display options… if I remember well.
      Concerning XMPlay player a recent HitmanPro scan told me its files were suspicious (suspicious only) … I hope this is a false alarm because I like the player and have been using it for years, great sound.

    5. jimbo said on October 2, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      I do like PotPlayer’s configuration window. It’s very well put together.

    6. An said on October 2, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Since the last update of VLC (which now crashes a lot when starting) the resume is working;
      Now you also get an option pop up in the left upper corner to resume play.

    7. Sukhen said on October 2, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      POT player works for me. Standby is always VLC for me.

    8. Fred said on October 2, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      Seems like a good player. I just want the control bar at the top.

    9. Jeff said on October 2, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      I switched to SMPlayer earlier this year and love it. It’s auto-resuming is really great.

    10. Mike O said on October 2, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      I tried the newer versions of SMPlayer and quickly returned to the older 0.8.6 version. Works for me.

      Martin, btw, my Palemoon v.25.7.1 is freezing up today on your site. In the Status bar I see a continual “Transferring data…”, then waiting for cookie or an ad. I had a difficult time just typing this up. Also, what’s with the Okay button for acknowledging cookies. Is that necessary since we know all sites set them.

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 2, 2015 at 6:47 pm

        Mike, yes the cookie is necessary unfortunately. Just hit okay and it should not come up again. I don’t get any freezing, that is strange.

      2. A different Martin said on October 4, 2015 at 5:09 am

        I don’t know if it will address your problem, but Pale Moon v. 25.7.2 was released sometime in the past 24 hours (I think) to address two “critical freeze” issues. You might try updating Pale Moon and giving it another shot.

    11. Rick said on October 2, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      My favourite is PotPlayer with VLC as my 2nd choice

    12. Paul(us) said on October 2, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      Still loving BS (No not bullshit) Player professional for all the TV programs and movie’s.
      The VLC player for the few format’s who are not playing in BSPlayer pro.
      The bad thing is that I am getting the believe that the BSPlayer firm has abandoned
      the project because the latest version is from April 24, 2014?
      There latest message (From 5 February 2015) is that the Media player is officially in alpha stage! So that’s almost 7 mount’s ago!
      So I am looking for a replacement with the same quality as BSPlayer any suggestions?

    13. DonGateley said on October 2, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      Martin, is there an option to keep the aspect ratio when resizing the window? I’ve looked and can’t find one. Thanks.

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 2, 2015 at 11:05 pm

        I don’t think there is such an option. Only found this feature request from 2009 ;)

    14. Ivan K. said on October 3, 2015 at 3:29 am

      MPV player is superb piece of code. You most definitely do not need SMPlayer to utilise the power of MPV. As per just setup the file handler and association .bat file and you’re done. I remember a while ago when MPV was just in the early development stage, there was quite a bit of talk about SMPlayer. Even back then, the general consensus was that SMPlayer code was so messed up that none of the main developers of MPV would even look or think about providing Win builds compatible with SMPlayer. MPV player has been my main media player on OS X, Linux and Windows for the last year or so. The Win32 builds have native UI that provide most if not all options. If in doubt, check out the provided manual.

    15. Tommis said on October 3, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Daum potPlayer Combines VLS and SMPlayer

    16. Mick said on October 3, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      I switched from VLC to POT a while ago, it works flawlessly with both video and audio. VLC is not so good at playing some video formats like wmv and ts, and I had to have Foobar for audio for similar reasons.

    17. DhulKarnain said on October 3, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      SMPlayer is my default video player for most of my needs, except for x265 encoded files. On my system they only play acceptably through MPC-HC.

    18. bawldiggle said on October 4, 2015 at 7:06 am

      I have Flash disabled (in Palemoon) … ‘Never Activate”
      – now all I get s a grey rectangle where the place holder used to be

      How do I use “SM Player” (or VLC) to automatically play active YouTube, ?
      HTML5 does not automatically kick in with YouTube place holders … one in 30 videos offer HTML5
      – hardly a substitute for videos to play in the here and now

      Would appreciate a link to “how to”

      1. DonGateley said on October 4, 2015 at 9:07 am

        Something must not be right with your Palemoon installation. I am using Firefox Developer edition and have been for several months. With Flash set “Never Activate” I have yet to find a YouTube video that doesn’t play, apparently with HTML5. I find lots of other sites that haven’t yet seen the light with respect to replacing Flash but YouTube videos just work from anywhere they are embedded or linked to as well as at the site itself.

    19. NotOrwellian said on October 4, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      Very nice player, now if there was only a way to keep the speed when going from video to video… (there doesn’t seem to be at this point and a major oversight.

      BTW, in all fairness, VLC has a resume video feature also.

    20. b003 said on October 6, 2015 at 4:07 am

      Use VLC since I got some GOM bundleware.

    21. p3t3r said on October 7, 2015 at 8:49 am

      Dear Sirs,
      allow me to detail the advances of both: VLC and SMPlayer.

      The VLC is a mighty tool to convert a lot of different media-formats where other convertingtools reach their limits. You can also use it for screen-recording if other tools aren’t available for this task. Also it’s nearly a “no-brainer” to extract mp3 from a video-track.

      SMPlayer is very comfortable when viewing videos or playing music. I like ivery much because its UI-configuration provides ultimate flexibility. Zooming in and out, easy accessable speed-control (excellent tools for studing guitar-playing techniques). Best ting imho: While you’re on YouTube OR see a link – just right-click this link and select “Play with SMPlayer” and the YouTube-Video starts instantly. What’s that good for? You have full controls for tone and video (equalizer, brightness, gamma, saturation etc).

      As Martin said: Both are very good tools. My intention for this reply is to give the SMPlayer some promotion. It deserved it and makes life easyier. :-)

      Have a nice time


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