What is SMPlayer?

SMPlayer is an advanced media player capable of supporting almost every video and audio format without external codecs, providing numerous options for playing files including support for subtitles.

Other features include an audio equalizer, the use of mouse wheel to navigate videos quickly, and options to adjust audio and subtitle delay settings. Furthermore, support has been implemented for 2 in 1 computers with touch screens.

Features

SMPlayer is one of the most feature-packed media players available, boasting an array of built-in codecs that makes it unlikely you will encounter files it cannot play (its developers refer to it as a “universal media player”). Furthermore, you can search subtitles, control SMPlayer using external devices like smartphones and tablets, or add skins for customizing its appearance.

The default interface of most multimedia players is similar to the default of FDM Player: it features a toolbar at the top, timeline and icons for playing, stopping and fullscreen playback. FDM Player also opens links from websites and can play DVDs and BluRays if available; in addition, users can drag files around to create playlists.

Easy to navigate, the software provides users with plenty of features that will impress users with its versatility. There are numerous video settings and an equalizer available; bookmark time-stamps so that you can quickly return to certain points in videos; as well as the option of increasing decoding threads for better performance.

SMPlayer also boasts another notable capability – controlling Chromecast devices from your computer screen! Simply choose “Chromecast Control” from the drop-down menu, and a web page will open that allows for this purpose.

This application is perfect if you are watching a movie with friends, as you can switch between screens without disturbing each other. Furthermore, the settings for every file you play will remain the same, meaning no starting over every time!

SMPlayer is an incredible multimedia player based on Qt, making it cross-platform. This means it works equally well on Linux, Windows and Mac OS and can be compiled from the same source code. Furthermore, developers have made SMPlayer free and available under GNU General Public License with translations in over 30 languages available – making this software a particularly appealing option for Linux users.

Installation

SMPlayer is a cross platform multi media player for Windows, Linux and Mac OS with a playback engine based on award winning MPlayer that can handle almost all video formats such as avi, mkv, wmv and mpg files. SMPlayer utilizes its own codecs so no additional ones need to be installed – providing more flexibility without installing additional ones! Plus it offers features like streaming videos directly onto external devices, searching YouTube subtitles for download and remembering where it left off; plus it remembers settings of previously played files so when left off with movie it will resume exactly from where it left off while still having audio track, subtitles etc!

SMPlayer may seem complex at first glance, but its user-friendliness belies this perception. Playing videos is easy while more complex tasks such as changing playback speed or audio/subtitle delay adjustment are self-explanatory. Furthermore, SMPlayer has been localized into over 30 languages such as Spanish, German, French Italian Russian Chinese Japanese Korean among others.

SMPlayer’s latest update adds support for Chromecast devices, enabling you to stream videos directly from your computer onto one and control playback with the SMPlayer app on that device. Furthermore, you can now customise settings of the SMPlayer Chromecast app according to your needs.

An additional feature is the option to enable/disable hardware acceleration for H.264 decoding and MP3 encoding, which will improve playback performance when running HD videos and MP3s on computers with weak CPUs. You can now increase thread count for H.264 decoding within the options menu in order to take full advantage of multicore processors.

SMPlayer is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. You can access it both as binary form via its website as well as packaged versions tailored specifically for some distributions like Debian, Ubuntu, and Fedora. In addition, source code download is also possible via its Wiki page.

Compatibility

SMPlayer is an alternative front end for one of Linux’s iconic media applications: Mplayer. Specifically, its aim is to offer all of Mplayer’s features through an intuitive user interface; built-in codecs allow SMPlayer to support most video and audio formats including AVI, MKV, MPEG OGM ASF WMV etc and it even streams content wirelessly to external devices like smartphones and tablets.

SMPlayer supports multiple audio tracks and subtitles. Users can easily configure video equalization settings as well as capture high-quality screenshots during playbacks, font size, color and layout settings of subtitles – without ever needing to search back through previous plays! Plus it remembers previously played files, so if you start watching a movie but then have to leave, SMPlayer will resume exactly where it left off without searching around!

This program is extremely user-friendly, featuring an attractive and user-friendly interface. All the main functions can be easily reached via its menu bar or toolbar in the top section of your screen, or using keyboard shortcuts; furthermore, all buttons on a mouse or key can be assigned different functions for ease of use.

SMPlayer can be configured to automatically detect the presence of a tablet and switch into its special tablet mode. Furthermore, the program can send video streams directly to an additional display while still offering controls in its main window.

An additional beneficial feature is SMPlayer’s ability to store settings for each type of file and load them when opening that type again. SMPlayer even remembers how you had set each subtitle file previously, making it much simpler to resume watching where you left off when returning later.

However, it should be noted that this program may not work on all hardware or versions of operating systems. When I tested it on a laptop running Ubuntu 14.04 and USB sticks were inaccessible; similar issues occurred on another Windows 10 laptop running an identical application. I suspect the problem lies within Nvidia proprietary drivers as most programs worked just fine with VDPAU drivers instead.

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