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You can now vote for your favorite projects/products of 2018. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends on February 12th.


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View Poll Results: Video Media Player of the Year
Dragon Player 2 0.83%
DVD-Player (XBMC) 1 0.42%
FFplay 2 0.83%
kaffeine 3 1.25%
mplayer 26 10.83%
mplayer2 5 2.08%
mpv 35 14.58%
Totem 0 0%
VideoPlayer (Kodi) 3 1.25%
VLC 156 65.00%
xine 7 2.92%
Xplayer 0 0%
QMPlay2 0 0%
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:47 AM   #31
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I don't understand why so many Linux users are so enamored by VLC.

It's a little like saying Wine notepad is your favorite text editor... ok, i'm exaggerating, don't take that seriously.
But it really is much better to use a native media player on GNU/Linux!

Don't get me wrong, there's nothing actually wrong with it. I keep VLC installed on my system - but literally the only reason I use it is to be able to access DVD menus, because my favourite player does not have that.

VLC's impact on my system is significantly larger than most native players'.
 
Old 02-11-2019, 03:46 AM   #32
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^ Interesting feedback.

I have a question for you. Can't VLC read some of your video files? Because if not, it means that, on the contrary to your favorite player, VLC can do everything you need. So I suppose you have at least 2 different players just because you prefer the interface, style or some advanced functionalities from your favorite player.

From my side, I prefer to keep a minimal number of applications to do everything I need, especially in the video/audio/codec world. If one application can read all my video files smoothly while it's open-source I'll be very happy
I don't really like to need one application for each media type or technology...
 
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:21 AM   #33
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Mplayer was the best until it died 3 years ago. So now it's mpv. It has good additional feature comparing to mplayer - playing videos from different websites directly with youtube-dl library. And otherwise, it's almost the same.

But, wait a minute... "MPlayer is not dead yet!" is posted on their website one month ago. So maybe this year it will be mplayer again.

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Old 02-12-2019, 12:40 AM   #34
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^ have a look at this. And this, which reads like a christmas wishlist to me.

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Can't VLC read some of your video files? Because if not, it means that, on the contrary to your favorite player, VLC can do everything you need.
But that was precisely my point (and I see now that I did not mention that clearly): My favourite player (it's mpv) can play everything I throw at it.
I have not had a codec problem that VLC was capable to deal with, but not mpv. Ever. And before that I was using mplayer, and had not had any such problem either, for years.
IIRC this used to be a problem sometimes when I started using Linux 2012, but not anymore for at least 5 years.

PS: mpv also plays DVDs perfectly; it just doesn't do DVD menus.

PPS: I was thinking, and if someone has a large DVD collection that they want to play on their computer, VLC does seem like the perfect choice, but i think some Linux native players also offer clickable dvd menus.

about mpv: "But it doesn't have a GUI!!!" - then smplayer could be the perfect frontend, amongst others. I maintain that the impact on your resources will be significantly smaller compared to VLC!
 
Old 02-12-2019, 03:55 AM   #35
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^ Ok, it's clearer now. Too bad mpv can't play DVD menus for you because it would be your unique and universal player then.
If I'm right, mpv is not about to add this menu feature anytime soon.
 
Old 02-12-2019, 07:56 AM   #36
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Too bad mpv can't play DVD menus for you because it would be your unique and universal player then.
If I'm right, mpv is not about to add this menu feature anytime soon.
i know, but it doesn't matter; i hardly ever use DVDs.
and for those few cases, VLC has had a place on my hard drive for a long time, it just isn't my favorite.
 
Old 02-12-2019, 11:07 AM   #37
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Old 02-14-2019, 02:14 PM   #38
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What's your preferred app for watching video?

--jeremy
Actually, I'm pretty sure I use gstreamer. So I could not vote this year. I use a frontend that uses gstreamer. Too bad it is not in the list. Sure, it's not a "player", but all players who use it should be "gstreamer" option.
 
Old 02-15-2019, 04:42 AM   #39
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VLC is very capable - I have never found it the most inspiring UI, but functionally and performance-wise it has always done well. I recently bought a USB 3.0 Blu-ray player seeing as someone had got me 6 seasons of GOT. Getting it working in VLC was easy and my goodness, the video quality! Sharp as a photo, smooth as butter. Maybe other players can play blu-rays without problem, but most people seem to have had less luck with other players.
 
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Old 02-16-2019, 10:00 AM   #40
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Is VLC popular because it also tends to pull in non-free libraries that will actually play video? That's why I like it.
 
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Old 02-17-2019, 03:50 PM   #41
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Jeremy, will you please list QMPlay2 next year?
 
Old 02-18-2019, 05:17 PM   #42
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I have VLC, but won't vote for it. I have it on MX and half the time it won't play my dvd movies that I get from the Library - and I'm sure you know how frustrating that is ..... I don't have another player yet, but I'm looking at this thread hoping I can find one that is pretty much fail-safe!
 
Old 02-18-2019, 05:18 PM   #43
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I have VLC, but won't vote for it. I have it on MX and half the time it won't play my dvd movies that I get from the Library - and I'm sure you know how frustrating that is ..... I don't have another player yet, but I'm looking at this thread hoping I can find one that is pretty much fail-safe!
Interesting - I cannot say I have had a single technical issue with VLC, I just find it a bit boring!
 
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Old 02-21-2019, 01:42 AM   #44
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half the time it won't play my dvd movies that I get from the Library
could be the dvds themselves (i certainly made that experience) or the player hardware.

Last edited by ondoho; 02-22-2019 at 07:50 AM. Reason: added "hardware" because "player" is ambiguous.
 
Old 02-21-2019, 10:05 AM   #45
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I had some problems playing library DVDs with... xine I think ... I switched to mplayer from the console, and while it did give errors in the console, it also played the DVDs. Not sure what the difference is, maybe mplayer is more error tolerant, or does a better job recovering from errors?
 
  


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