SMPlayer: An outstanding media player
March 4, 2011
Before I begin talking about SMPlayer, I must tell you that it is a modified version of MPlayer, which itself is an outstanding media player. This is not gonna be an in-depth review, rather my experience with SMPlayer.
But SMPlayer certainly has some better features.
Here is the description as given on the developer’s page:
- Configurable subtitles. You can choose font and size, and even colors for the subtitles.
- Audio track switching. You can choose the audio track you want to listen. Works with avi and mkv. And of course with DVDs.
- Seeking by mouse wheel. You can use your mouse wheel to go forward or backward in the video.
- Video equalizer, allows you to adjust the brightness, contrast, hue, saturation and gamma of the video image.
- Multiple speed playback. You can play at 2X, 4X… and even in slow motion.
- Filters. Several filters are available: deinterlace, postprocessing, denoise… and even a karaoke filter (voice removal).
- Audio and subtitles delay adjustment. Allows you to sync audio and subtitles.
- Advanced options, such as selecting a demuxer or video & audio codecs.
- Playlist. Allows you to enqueue several files to be played one after each other. Autorepeat and shuffle supported too.
- Preferences dialog. You can easily configure every option of SMPlayer by using a nice preferences dialog.
- Possibility to search automatically for subtitles in opensubtitles.org.
- Translations: currently SMPlayer is translated into more than 20 languages, including Spanish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese….
- It’s multiplatform. Binaries available for Windows and Linux.
- SMPlayer is under the GPL license.
Here is a screenshot of SMPlayer’s main interface:
Another useful feature is the ability to download subtitles for a movie from opensubtitles.org
Here is a screenshot which shows the available subtitles of a movie
The downloaded subtitle is placed in the same folder as the movie.
Coming to the video playback and the sound quality, I must say it is very impressive.
I especially liked the full-screen mode, in some players the media toolbar appears if you move the mouse anywhere on the screen.
But in SMPlayer it appears only when you move the mouse to the bottom of the screen, so even if you accidentally move the mouse you can still enjoy the movie without any interruption from the Player
I don’t have any codecs installed on my computer since neither SMPlayer or VLC Media Player (my other favorite) require a codec.
They have their own in-built codecs.
If you haven’t already give SM Player a try, it may be the media player you have always wanted 🙂