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    SMPlayer vs VLC

    I wanted to know your opinions about these two great applications.

    In my opinion, VLC is a good player, but it doesn't have the logical (for me) functions which SMPlayer has. For example:
    - VLC doesn't remember the last position of the movie;
    - in order to move forward and backward you need to press shortcuts and not just Left or Right key.
    - in SMPlayer it is easier to load subtitles due to the better toolbar.

    In a nutshell, for my personal use, VLC has to be customized to get the usable and default functions of SMPlayer. Are there any other pros and cons?

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    Re: SMPlayer vs VLC

    SMPlayer is an excellent front end whereas VLC is self contained, thats the big difference, whereas the former depends on mplayer, the later comes with a movie player, encoder of its own. VLC 2 is shaping up nicely, also VLC does encoding, radio, TV, streaming and more which would need separate programs, its truly a Swiss knife of media players around.

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    Re: SMPlayer vs VLC

    I have used both applications extensively and I have a place for both in my setup . Mind you perhaps you should also add in to your comparison the sheer power of the commandline MPlayer.
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    Re: SMPlayer vs VLC

    Quote Originally Posted by andrew.46 View Post
    I have used both applications extensively and I have a place for both in my setup . Mind you perhaps you should also add in to your comparison the sheer power of the commandline MPlayer.
    Indeed and thankfully the versatile mencoder is also being revived thankfully.

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    Re: SMPlayer vs VLC

    Quote Originally Posted by Linuxisfast View Post
    Indeed and thankfully the versatile mencoder is also being revived thankfully.
    Well, that would be interesting, but I thought MEncoder was just about defunct?
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    Re: SMPlayer vs VLC

    I use VLC and plays almost everything

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    Re: SMPlayer vs VLC

    I've been very happy with smplayer for a couple of years now. It has the additional advantage over VLC that the player engine is not integrated into the display software. Thus I can use mplayer2 instead of mplayer without smplayer batting an eyelash. (how to install mplayer2 from the repos)

    @Linuxisfast
    I knew that the mplayer devs and the mplayer2 devs both thought that mencoder needed a complete rewrite, though I didn't think there were plans to do so any time soon. Like Andrew, I'd be curious to see a link.

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