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    Default Why use anything other then SMPlayer?

    Thought this would be soapboax worthy, instead of the polls/survey's forum.

    I used to have mainly 2 reasons for booting windows, 1) Games, 2) Windows Media Player Classic.
    This is because any mediaplayer I tried under linux seemed to have on the following disadvantages compared to WMC:
    1. No option to jump to a chapter
    2. Not able to handle subtitles properly ( heavily styled ones in a mkv container especially)
    3. Doesn't support segment linking
    4. Not enough configuration options to tweak image quality
    5. No option to select audio track used
    6. A decent interface
    7. Lack of customizing keyboard/mouse shortcuts
    SMPlayer it all, hell it seems to be the one out of two applications that use my mouse's thumbbuttons (the other is firefox).
    Only options I'm still missing is being able to move a chapter trough a single mouseclick, but setting the mousebutton to skip 10 seconds and spamming it 6 times for each minute does the trick.

    So what is everyone else using, and more importantly why?
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    Default Re: Why use anything other then SMPlayer?

    Axeia wrote:
    > Thought this would be soapboax worthy, instead of the polls/survey's
    > forum.
    >
    > I used to have mainly 2 reasons for booting windows, 1) Games, 2)
    > Windows Media Player Classic.
    > This is because any mediaplayer I tried under linux seemed to have on
    > the following disadvantages compared to WMC:
    > - No option to jump to a chapter
    > - Not able to handle subtitles properly (' heavily styled ones in a
    > mkv container'
    > (http://www.matroska.org/technical/sp...itles/ssa.html)
    > especially)
    > - Doesn't support ' segment linking'
    > (http://www.mod16.org/hurfdurf/?p=8)
    > - Not enough configuration options to tweak image quality
    > - No option to select audio track used
    > - A decent interface
    > - Lack of customizing keyboard/mouse shortcuts SMPlayer it all, hell it seems to be the one out of two applications
    > that use my mouse's thumbbuttons (the other is firefox).
    > Only options I'm still missing is being able to move a chapter trough a
    > single mouseclick, but setting the mousebutton to skip 10 seconds and
    > spamming it 6 times for each minute does the trick.
    >
    > So what is everyone else using, and more importantly why?
    >
    >

    VLC because it is cross platform and plays everything I've thrown at it.

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    Default Re: Why use anything other then SMPlayer?

    I tried VNC again recently as I was curious to its resource use, turns out it uses the same amount of RAM/CPU as smplayer.
    It does things like the screenshot below to my subtitles (SMPlayer on the left, VLC on the right)

    Seems a bit dodgy with hardware acceleration to.. if it's not enabled the screen shows ghost images and square pixely things, if it's enabled the background is flickering with red squares if I've kwin effects active at the same time.
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    Default Re: Why use anything other then SMPlayer?

    That is very odd, I've never seen vlc do something like that. Perhaps the wrong font is being used for captioning.

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    Default Re: Why use anything other then SMPlayer?

    I use the default GUI of mplayer, which is small, fast and not cluttered with thousand options. It suits my needs very well

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    Default Re: Why use anything other then SMPlayer?

    Kaffeine can open a DVD iso image directly (File>Open>DVD ISO IMAGE in the file type selector). I couldn't do this in SMPlayer without mounting the image.

    I also miss OSD info when shifting subtitles with keyboard shortcuts.

    Besides that, it's great. It even plays rmvb and mov (after some tweaking).

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    Default Re: Why use anything other then SMPlayer?

    Quote Originally Posted by brunomcl View Post
    Kaffeine can open a DVD iso image directly (File>Open>DVD ISO IMAGE in the file type selector). I couldn't do this in SMPlayer without mounting the image.
    It can. Open->File, and select the iso file.

    BTW, the current version from svn includes also experimental support for DVD menus.

    Quote Originally Posted by brunomcl View Post
    I also miss OSD info when shifting subtitles with keyboard shortcuts.
    Options->OSD->Seek bar. After that it will display some messages in the OSD, including info when the subtitles change.

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    Default Re: Why use anything other then SMPlayer?

    Quote Originally Posted by brunomcl View Post
    I also miss OSD info when shifting subtitles with keyboard shortcuts.
    Options > OSD > Time + Total Time

    From what I can tell it should support ISO's, but I can't test it as I don't have any ISO's besides those of openSUSE 11.1

    EDIT
    What the.. Look's like I'm being captain obvious here, didn't see rvm4000's post for some reason.
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    Default Re: Why use anything other then SMPlayer?

    @rvm400

    Right on both counts, thanks!

    I guess I haven't checked those in the new versions, been using smplayer for some time. Livin' n' learnin'...

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    Default Re: Why use anything other then SMPlayer?

    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

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