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View Poll Results: Video Media Player Application of the Year
Dragon Player 4 1.02%
DVD-Player (XBMC) 2 0.51%
FFplay 0 0%
kaffeine 4 1.02%
Miro 1 0.25%
mplayer 68 17.30%
mplayer2 12 3.05%
mpv 28 7.12%
Parole 3 0.76%
Totem 7 1.78%
VLC 260 66.16%
xine 4 1.02%
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Old 01-05-2016, 07:19 PM   #16
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VLC.
 
Old 01-05-2016, 10:49 PM   #17
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I am using OpenSUSE Leap with SMPlayer 15.11.0. I don't have any mpv files though. If you were to upload one less than 10mb, i'd be happy to test it for you.
 
Old 01-05-2016, 11:13 PM   #18
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I don't have any mpv files though.
mpv is a program, not a file type. mpv is a forked version of mplayer that shed a lot of the extra stuff in mplayer that many users simply didn't need, but mplayer refused to remove. They are pretty similar, however, not the same, so it isn't always a perfect drop-in replacement for mplayer.

That is why I asked how well it worked as the backend for smplayer instead of using mplayer as the backend.
 
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Old 01-05-2016, 11:58 PM   #19
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That is why I asked how well it worked as the backend for smplayer instead of using mplayer as the backend.
Comes down to what distro you're using.

On Debian (deb-multimedia), it doesn't work as a frontend for mpv yet, too old a version of smplayer even in sid.

On Fedora, I've successfully watched mp4, flv, wmv files with no issues using smplayer w/ mpv backend. Probably other file types, but those are the ones I know I specifically tested.
 
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Old 01-06-2016, 08:19 AM   #20
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Comes down to what distro you're using.

On Debian (deb-multimedia), it doesn't work as a frontend for mpv yet, too old a version of smplayer even in sid.

On Fedora, I've successfully watched mp4, flv, wmv files with no issues using smplayer w/ mpv backend. Probably other file types, but those are the ones I know I specifically tested.
Cool. On Slackware, it's easy for me to run the latest version of both smplayer and mpv, so I may have to give mpv a compile to see how it does...
 
Old 01-07-2016, 01:59 PM   #21
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Does smplayer not count as video player because it's 'just' a front-end? I'm using smplayer like 95 of the time..
 
Old 01-07-2016, 02:06 PM   #22
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Video player

VLC
 
Old 01-07-2016, 03:50 PM   #23
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Does smplayer not count as video player because it's 'just' a front-end? I'm using smplayer like 95 of the time..
That's correct. The real workhorse is either mplayer or mpv (smplayer supports both), so that's what this poll covers.
 
Old 01-07-2016, 04:43 PM   #24
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VLC, going to have to check out this mpv thing.
 
Old 01-07-2016, 10:18 PM   #25
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ffplay is what i use to quick-view a picture. No unneeded GUI - just the image, ESC to quit. Perfect.
 
Old 01-08-2016, 10:19 AM   #26
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Voted VLC and VLC is going to win hands down, why are we kidding ourselves..it's a member's choice award, not an expert member's choice award.
 
Old 01-09-2016, 01:54 AM   #27
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I like MPlayer. I can play several different kinds of video files on it. I even had an .avi file that would play on MPlayer, but not on VLC when I checked a few years ago.
 
Old 01-09-2016, 07:45 AM   #28
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you dudes & duderinas really have to check out mpv again.
if your distro supports a recent version (say, 0.8 or larger).
it plays everything you throw at it even youtube videos (just like mplayer and vlc).
but,

unlike mplayer, it has a rudimentary GUI that is really enough for daily use.

unlike vlc, it is truly lightweight and not dependent on any toolkit.
(vlc has often proven a tad heavy on my dated hardware)

it's mplayer mark 2, really (and yes, i know there's mplayer2, but that's a half-hearted attempt compared to mpv).
cruft removed, all improved...

on linux, it is the media player (yeah i know, i'm a fanboi).
and it's only 3 letters.

and of course there's nothing wrong with using a frontend like smplayer.

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Old 01-09-2016, 08:15 AM   #29
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you dudes & duderinas really have to check out mpv again.

unlike vlc, it is truly lightweight and not dependent on any toolkit.
(vlc has often proven a tad heavy on my dated hardware)

and of course there's nothing wrong with using a frontend like smplayer.
Yes, i also think of VLC as unnecessarily heavy-weighted. And it can't play certain problematic videos any more reliably than mpv or even good ole' mplayer. And yes, i also like smplayer as frontend. I already made the switch to mpv via smplayer, and i can't see any reason for looking back.

The one thing that VLC is really good at, is playing all kinds of DVDs with their weird IFO files & stuff. But then - i usually convert DVDs to .mkv first..
 
Old 01-09-2016, 11:26 AM   #30
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I voted for VLC just for it's consistency.
I typically just use whatever the default player is on whatever distro I happen to be using unless or until I run into an issue, which I then just load VLC and it's never failed me yet, as best I recall.
 
  


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