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jeremy 12-30-2015 05:09 PM

Video Media Player Application of the Year
 
What do you use to watch video?

--jeremy

rokytnji 12-30-2015 05:37 PM

MPV

anticapitalista 12-30-2015 05:56 PM

mpv.

ondoho 12-31-2015 04:43 AM

mpv!!! can we close this poll now?

jamathis 12-31-2015 07:17 AM

VLC is always my go-to regardless of whatever platform I'm on. I'll have to check out mpv.

273 12-31-2015 10:31 AM

VLC -- plays anythoing I throw at it and can be controlled from another machine via a web interface.

Timothy Miller 12-31-2015 11:08 PM

mpv. I keep vlc around just in case I get some oddball file that won't open in anything else, but generally I use smplayer frontend for mpv for everything, with Kodi for watching movies.

cwizardone 01-01-2016 09:32 AM

SMPlayer?

Timothy Miller 01-01-2016 09:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cwizardone (Post 5471801)
SMPlayer?

Probably not there because it's not truly a video application, just a gui frontend for mplayer/mplayer2/mpv.

cwizardone 01-01-2016 10:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Timothy Miller (Post 5471805)
Probably not there because it's not truly a video application, just a gui frontend for mplayer/mplayer2/mpv.

Doesn't Kaffeine fall into that category?

Timothy Miller 01-01-2016 10:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cwizardone (Post 5471813)
Doesn't Kaffeine fall into that category?

Not sure, I just looked at the wikipedia article for kaffeine and it reads as if kaffeine is actually it's own player that's able to use other engines for proprietary formats that it doesn't support. But not sure, haven't really used it in a very long time.

astrogeek 01-03-2016 03:22 PM

Have been using VLC happily until recently, but mplayer is winning me over quickly.

Knightron 01-04-2016 04:16 AM

OpenSUSE really messed up VLC with Leap, so i've switched to SMPlayer. Seems to do the job, so i voted for Mplayer this year.

PrinceCruise 01-04-2016 10:23 AM

VLC okay!

Regards.

bassmadrigal 01-05-2016 03:04 PM

I still use mplayer (using smplayer as a frontend), mainly because I'm familiar with it, and I don't even need to worry about building it anymore since it is now included with Slackware, but I really should probably start looking into mpv...

Those of you using smplayer with mpv, have you noticed any issues? Last I checked, the dev stated that mpv support was still early and things might be broken.

wesmith 01-05-2016 06:19 PM

VLC.

Knightron 01-05-2016 09:49 PM

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.

bassmadrigal 01-05-2016 10:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Knightron (Post 5473680)
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.

Timothy Miller 01-05-2016 10:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bassmadrigal (Post 5473683)

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.

bassmadrigal 01-06-2016 07:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Timothy Miller (Post 5473699)
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...

bloody 01-07-2016 12:59 PM

Does smplayer not count as video player because it's 'just' a front-end? I'm using smplayer like 95 of the time..

klwilcoxon 01-07-2016 01:06 PM

Video player
 
VLC

bassmadrigal 01-07-2016 02:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bloody (Post 5474545)
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.

ChuangTzu 01-07-2016 03:43 PM

VLC, going to have to check out this mpv thing. :)

bloody 01-07-2016 09:18 PM

ffplay is what i use to quick-view a picture. No unneeded GUI - just the image, ESC to quit. Perfect. ;)

mzsade 01-08-2016 09:19 AM

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. :p

cowlitzron 01-09-2016 12:54 AM

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.

ondoho 01-09-2016 06:45 AM

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.

bloody 01-09-2016 07:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ondoho (Post 5475483)
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..

bigiron45 01-09-2016 10:26 AM

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.

bassmadrigal 01-09-2016 11:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ondoho (Post 5475483)
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.

I continue to use mplayer because it is included with my distro and it's easy to recompile if I need additional features. mpv has several additional required dependencies that I would need to compile before I can get mpv itself. It is on my list to check, but honestly, I see no issues with mplayer that mpv could improve. I'm sure there's substantial improvements, but I don't know if it'll be anything I'd actually notice with my usage.

s.verma 01-12-2016 07:32 AM

vlc and xine both are my favourites, but I found xine better for playing many files flawlessly in which vlc got stuck sometimes.

msdobrescu 01-15-2016 12:29 AM

SMPlayer would be a nice choice too.

bassmadrigal 01-15-2016 07:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by msdobrescu (Post 5478466)
SMPlayer would be a nice choice too.

If you read through the comments, you'd see that smplayer is left off because it is just a frontend for mplayer or mpv. It is not a player, but takes mplayer/mpv output and puts a fancy GUI around it.

bobbib 01-15-2016 05:11 PM

Quote:

mplayer2
BTW, AFAIK, it's dead.
One should use either mpv or original mplayer instead.

Timothy Miller 01-15-2016 06:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bobbib (Post 5478918)
BTW, AFAIK, it's dead.
One should use either mpv or original mplayer instead.

Sadly, yes. Really liked mplayer2, reason I've made the jump to mpv. Mplayer1 just behaves WEIRD IMO.

msdobrescu 01-16-2016 01:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bassmadrigal (Post 5478617)
If you read through the comments, you'd see that smplayer is left off because it is just a frontend for mplayer or mpv. It is not a player, but takes mplayer/mpv output and puts a fancy GUI around it.

Right, but that GUI makes the difference for me.

bassmadrigal 01-16-2016 03:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by msdobrescu (Post 5479068)
Right, but that GUI makes the difference for me.

I agree that smplayer makes mplayer/mpv much nicer, but it still isn't a video media player. It's a shell for mplayer/mpv, which is the real video player.

The body on a car looks nice, but it is just aesthetics. The real workhorse is the engine/drivetrain.

wagscat123 01-16-2016 04:25 PM

VLC is kinda as ugly and clunky as Windows Media Player 6, but it always gets the job done.

bloody 01-17-2016 12:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bassmadrigal (Post 5479377)
I agree that smplayer makes mplayer/mpv much nicer, but it still isn't a video media player. It's a shell for mplayer/mpv, which is the real video player.

The body on a car looks nice, but it is just aesthetics. The real workhorse is the engine/drivetrain.

Well, it still takes alot of work and inspiration to design and build a great-looking car body. Same with the "just aesthetics" smplayer frontend. Surely means lots of work to write such a software, and it's very nicely done. So i'd say that mplayer is only half the cake.

bassmadrigal 01-17-2016 02:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bloody (Post 5479792)
Well, it still takes alot of work and inspiration to design and build a great-looking car body. Same with the "just aesthetics" smplayer frontend. Surely means lots of work to write such a software, and it's very nicely done. So i'd say that mplayer is only half the cake.

Don't get me wrong. I love smplayer and have used it for almost a decade (I know I used it at least in 2008... maybe earlier) and I've used it on both Windows and Linux. I'm not trying to minimize the work that has gone into smplayer but a GUI to mplayer is still not a video media player. You can get the video to play the exact same way if you copy the mplayer command that smplayer uses to play the video... you just don't get the fancy GUI.

The fact is, smplayer is an amazing frontend for mplayer/mpv, but that doesn't make it a video media player. Maybe if they somehow took the mplayer/mpv code and incorporated it into their app so when you play a video file, it is only calling smplayer, but right now, if you play a video file, smplayer will call either mplayer or mpv to actually play the file while just putting a fancy border (that do some great things) around the actual player.

johnniedoo 01-18-2016 07:12 PM

I picked vlc by elimination. I like mplayer and mplayer2 as well as mpv but had small but inconvenient or pesky trouble. I find that VLC works despite its looks or clunky reputation. I fall back to it often enough that I had to elevate its overall score-but I did not use 3 of the options in the poll.
I am embarrassingly offering this qualification to my choice.I probably should have not voted rather than offer an asterisk vote.

MrRtd 02-01-2016 04:45 PM

I vote for QMPlay2.

fredsua 02-01-2016 06:12 PM

Fluendo Media Player
 
Could Fluendo Player be added to the list?

astrogeek 02-01-2016 06:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fredsua (Post 5491311)
Could Fluendo Player be added to the list?

I had never heard of Fluendo so decided to have a look...

As far as I can tell it is proprietary only, and seems to front gstreamer as its "open" poster child.

I do not know if that would affect its inclusion here, but if you use it or are affiliated with it, could you provide a little more info.

bsdunixdb 02-02-2016 01:37 PM

Yay VLC.

fredsua 02-02-2016 08:56 PM

Fluendo
 
I use Fluendo media player in Ubuntu. It is a proprietary software purchased through the Ubuntu software center. It plays everything I throw at it and it has never given me problems. For me, it was money well spent. Too bad Fluendo is not one of the options to vote for.

273 02-03-2016 12:55 AM

Which formats will Fluendo play that VLC won't, out of interest? Is it the DRM'd Windows and Apple media files it can play?

ordealbyfire83 02-09-2016 02:08 PM

MPlayer. Despite its functionality, its dependencies (excluding external libraries) are few. In customized or minimal distributions you can play msuic/videos with just X running.

Captain Pinkeye 02-09-2016 03:11 PM

SMPlayer.

Quote:

Originally Posted by bassmadrigal (Post 5474599)
Quote:

Originally Posted by bloody (Post 5474545)
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.

No.

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeremy (Post 5471039)
What do you use to watch video?

--jeremy

That's the question. I use SMPlayer. I don't freaking care if it's frontend for mplayer or mplayer2 or whatever.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Timothy Miller (Post 5471805)
Quote:

Originally Posted by cwizardone (Post 5471801)
SMPlayer?

Probably not there because it's not truly a video application, just a gui frontend for mplayer/mplayer2/mpv.

Actually it is the application; mplayer is just a backend program. I believe you know the difference.


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