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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.


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