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bassmadrigal 01-09-2016 11:35 AM

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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

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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

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

Timothy Miller 01-15-2016 06:54 PM

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


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