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Description

SMPlayer is a free, open source media player that uses the playback engine of MPlayer. With this player you don't need any additional external codecs and it can also play YouTube videos. There is a long list of features and those are just a few of them: it can remember the settings (subtitle, volume, equalizer, playback position) of the files you played (open at the same point you left it), create playlists with your own video files, automated subtitles search on opensubtitles.org and much more - it has an impressive list of features. Due to fact that it's using playback engine it can play a long list of video and audio formats, see the list below:

Supported Input Formats

- (S)VCD (Super Video CD)
- CDRwin's .bin image file
- DVD, including encrypted DVD
- MPEG-1/2 (ES/PS/PES/VOB)
- AVI file format
- ASF/WMV/WMA format
- QT/MOV/MP4 format
- RealAudio/RealVideo format
- Ogg/OGM files
- Matroska
- NUT
- NSV (Nullsoft Streaming Video)
- VIVO format
- FLI format
- NuppelVideo format
- yuv4mpeg format
- FILM (.cpk) format
- RoQ format
- PVA format
- streaming via HTTP/FTP, RTP/RTSP, MMS/MMST, MPST, SDP
- TV grabbing

Supported Video (only the most important are listed)

- MPEG-1 (VCD) and MPEG-2 (SVCD/DVD/DVB) video
- MPEG-4 ASP in all variants including DivX ;-), OpenDivX (DivX4), DivX 5 (Pro), Xvid
- MPEG-4 AVC aka H.264
- Windows Media Video 7/8 (WMV1/2)
- Windows Media Video 9 (WMV3) (using x86 DLL)
- RealVideo 1.0, 2.0 (G2)
- RealVideo 3.0 (RP8), 4.0 (RP9) (using Real libraries)
- Sorenson v1/v3 (SVQ1/SVQ3), Cinepak, RPZA and other QuickTime codecs
- DV video
- 3ivx
- Intel Indeo3 (3.1, 3.2)
- Intel Indeo 4.1 and 5.0 (using x86 DLL or XAnim codecs)
- VIVO 1.0, 2.0, I263 and other H.263(+) variants (using x86 DLL)
- MJPEG, AVID, VCR2, ASV2 and other hardware formats
- FLI/FLC
- HuffYUV
- various old simple RLE-like formats

Supported audio codecs (only the most important are listed)

- MPEG layer 1, 2, and 3 (MP3) audio
- AC3/A52, E-AC3, DTS (Dolby Digital) audio (software or SP/DIF)
- AAC (MPEG-4 audio)
- WMA (DivX Audio) v1, v2
- WMA 9 (WMAv3), Voxware audio, ACELP.net etc (using x86 DLLs)
- RealAudio: COOK, SIPRO, ATRAC3 (using Real libraries)
- RealAudio: DNET and older codecs
- QuickTime: Qclp, Q-Design QDMC/QDM2, MACE 3/6 (using QT libraries), ALAC
- Ogg Vorbis audio
- VIVO audio (g723, Vivo Siren) (using x86 DLL)
- alaw/ulaw, (ms)gsm, pcm, *adpcm and other simple old audio formats

SMPlayer Review

Important: Before I say something about this free media player, please be careful at the installer version. When you're prompted to install toolbars or any other third-party program that doesn't belong to SMPlayer - you can choose to Agree or Decline. If you choose to "Decline", NO other third-party software will be installed on your computer.

I tested SMPlayer on Windows 7 and the entire installation required just a couple of seconds. Right-after the first launch of the program, I noticed the low resource usage of my laptop. On Windows 7 it works like a charm so I bet that on Linux is the same. There's no doubt that this is a high quality media player if you look at the features list. However, the interface was the first good sign for me and if I would have to describe it in a short phrase I would say this: intuitive and simple. Although, I never tried this player before, in a matter of seconds I realized how is easy to open and play any video files, how to add subtitles and much more.

I read a lot of other reviews and most of them says one thing: "SMPlayer is a graphical user interface (GUI) for MPlayer". I personally believe that it's not just "another" graphic but the best graphical user interface for MPlayer. It's the same example from the real world where well-known car brands use other parts (engines) from another car manufacturer. The same story with famous smartphones that uses other parts but they come up with a unique design. I will stop here with my thoughts about this software interface, each one of us will appreciate it in its own way.

Back to "what it does", there's no way that I could comment on each feature. Probably the best feature is the ability to remember everything about the files that you play -  just start the application, go to first tab - select - "Open" - "Recent files" and select the video files you want. The player will start where you left off with all your tweaks (if any) in place. As a conclusion, SMPlayer is another example of lightweight, useful, free, open source application and if I would have to rate it somehow, the result would be just one: undoubtedly awesome.

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