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Download of the Week: SMPlayer

By Jos
Jun 25, 2010
  1. VLC supports a plethora of codecs out of the box, it can transcode files from one format to another or even rip DVDs, is available on multiple platforms, and was recently updated to include GPU decoding. For the longest time I've been a fan of this versatile media player, and thus I haven't really bothered to look elsewhere for my video playing needs. However, I've also found that on occasions it can be a bit sluggish when starting or skipping around videos (especially with .mkv files).

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  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,074   +84 Staff Member

    I happen to use Zoom Player. Can't say it's the "best' per se, but it's definitely an improvement over VLC in the playback department.
     
  3. I was having trouble when skipping around in MKV files with VLC player too, but that's all been fixed with the new 1.1.0 release.
     
  4. Chazz

    Chazz TS Enthusiast Posts: 634   +60

    I moved to Mplayer a while ago for my Blu Ray quality MKV files. VLC has trouble seeking and would just break up every once in a great while.

    I still love VLC and will go back to them once they solve these problems.
     
  5. GOM Player is the best!! IMHO.
     
  6. Regenweald

    Regenweald TS Rookie Posts: 143

    In linux I rotate SMPlayer, VLC and the Ubuntu default. Windows, VLC and Media Player Classic but GOM was my default for a while and still a high quality choice.
     
  7. SMPlayer is better than VLC. IMO

    VLC is too overrated... But meh...
     
  8. Try SPlayer, Hardware Accelerated too, better quality, Image Smoothing Pixel Shader 3.0, and a very nice option for LCD users, Video Levels (16-235 -> 0-255) and also has resume feature when you close a movie and open back the player resumes whre you left it and also auto subtitle search.It replaced KMPlayer for me until they make it better.
     
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