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    Default Re: Why use anything other then SMPlayer?

    Quote Originally Posted by EarthMind View Post
    SMPlayer is indeed a very nice frontend for MPlayer and for me it's great where VLC performs too slow (happens quite often with x264 MKV videos on my 1Ghz CPU) and displays subtitle styles incorrectly.

    But VLC still remains my number 1
    x264 is NOT a video format. It is an encoder which implements the H.264 video standard jointly developed by the MPEG and ITU groups (which call themselves JVT). Do not confuse an encoder which produces H.264 video with the video format itself. There are many other H.264 encoders out there, most notably MainConcept, DivX7, Nero Digital, Elecard, QuickTime, etc...

    Some people are so wacked in their head that it's beyond believe. We had a guy in #x264 on IRC who claimed that x264 is the video standard, even when pengvado, me and Dark Shikari told him multiple times that this is not the case and that x264 is an ENCODER which IMPLEMENTS the H.264 standard. pengvado and Dark Shikari are the two main developers of x264. As he was such a wacko, he got kicked and banned for spewing ****...

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    Default Re: Why use anything other then SMPlayer?

    Quote Originally Posted by EarthMind View Post
    SMPlayer is indeed a very nice frontend for MPlayer and for me it's great where VLC performs too slow (happens quite often with x264 MKV videos on my 1Ghz CPU) and displays subtitle styles incorrectly.

    But VLC still remains my number 1
    What exactly is so great about it that makes you like it even though (S)Mplayer works better?
    Are you sure btw it's not a settings thing that would make VLC slower for you? From the very limited testing I did SMplayer and VLC had the exact same CPU and RAM usage.
    Badly timed screenshot .. badly timed, since I couldn't get the video's in exact sync and vlc does use 1% more then smplayer there.. but that's a sync problem.
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    Default Re: Why use anything other then SMPlayer?

    both VLC and MPlayer should perform the same as both of them use the same libraries to decode audio and video - libavcodec and libavformat from ffmpeg

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    Default Re: Why use anything other then SMPlayer?

    microchip8
    I meant MKV videos using the H.264 codec, my mistake.

    Axeia
    Believe it or not, VLC performs very bad for H.264 videos on my PC; the video keeps hanging, I'm getting distorted pictures, etc. Both are using the XVideo output module and changing it for VLC doesn't make a noticable difference.

    I'll have a look at the CPU usage and see if there actually is a difference and post screenshots if so.

    (S)MPlayer plays the videos even smoother than Zoomplayer so there goes the need for me to switch to Windows to watch certain videos :-).

    A few reasons why VLC is my #1:
    - It can play almost any file while the application itself is very small
    - It has Shoutcast support
    - Simple interface
    - Development is very active & forum support very satisfying

    One more thing I really like about (S)Mplayer is that it doesn't display distorted pictures which happens a lot in VLC.

    Edit: here's an example of a file that plays fine in (S)MPlayer but not in VLC for those who are interested:
    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=H455R915

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    Default Re: Why use anything other then SMPlayer?

    to be honest, IMO, VLC is really a bad player. It's very good for streaming and such but it's a mess when it comes to playing files locally. It often hangs, distorts pictures and underperforms in various situations. I'd rather use Xine than VLC

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    Default Re: Why use anything other then SMPlayer?

    Ah, I'm not the only one then
    Thought I did something wrong as I noticed a ton of distortions on nearly all my files with VLC.
    I use Amarok 2 for shoutcast (though I hardly ever listen to shoutcast) and I like the smplayer interface since it's so similar to the WMC one.
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    Default Re: Why use anything other then SMPlayer?

    Good to see this thread.

    I also love smplayer and have set it to be the default application for all my video and multimedia files.

    I despise the ugly, buggy, and flaky kaffeine. I never could and still can't figure out how, it ever became the default player, or how it remained the default player in KDE.

    For several years now when installing SuSE/openSUSE there are only two things I mark as taboo never install, beagle and kaffeine. No sure which of the two I dislike more, but kaffeine never makes it into an install on any system I set up.

    Smplayer is outstanding and I would love to see it or perhaps Kmplayer be the default multimedia application.

    Kaffeine just sucks in comparison.

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    Default Re: Why use anything other then SMPlayer?

    C'mon, VLC is not that bad, it has some distortion issues but they are not THAT bad... (as long as your CPU can handle it), next to the distorted videos it also doesn't display some subtitles correctly for MKV files but even that issue is not a big one.

    I'd like SMPlayer more if it integrated the MPlayer backend into its code so that the MPlayer frontend is left out.

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    VLC performance may vary, one reason to use it, is to play downloaded flash files. Some versions of it had issues for me, others appear to solve them.

    Kaffeine seemed to get fixed.

    SMplayer has been the most reliable one for me, the only reason to use something else might be the name... SM player sounds kinky!

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    Default Re: Why use anything other then SMPlayer?

    SMplayer, plays flv files.

    If you have have player installed just clicking on an .swf file should open the file in the flash player

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