Snazzy New Multimedia Player for Haiku

Buzzer Giovanni Mugnai has just brought some real eye-and-ear candy to Haiku.  Running in the QT environment, and  ported from Linux (Land of Awkward Program Names), “SMPlayer” was announced this morning in a Haiku list group.  It’s already posted at Haikuware and ready for download:

Like SoundPlay audio player for BeOS, SMPlayer carries its own suitcase full of codecs, so it doesn’t have to rely on the operating system when attempting to play various audio and video formats.

From the official web site:

“SMPlayer is a free media player for Windows and Linux with built-in codecs that can play virtually all video and audio formats. It doesn’t need any external codecs. Just install SMPlayer and you’ll be able to play all formats without the hassle to find and install codec packs.

“One of the most interesting features of SMPlayer: it remembers the settings of all files you play. So you start to watch a movie but you have to leave… don’t worry, when you open that movie again it will be resumed at the same point you left it, and with the same settings: audio track, subtitles, volume…

“SMPlayer is a graphical user interface (GUI) for the award-winning MPlayer, which is capable of playing almost all known video and audio formats. But apart from providing access for the most common and useful options of MPlayer, SMPlayer adds other interesting features like the possibility to play Youtube videos or download subtitles.”

We’ll spend some quality time with SMPlayer and bring you the full report later.  Meanwhile, go grab it and check it out for yourself!



6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ttcoder
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 14:32:57

    The “remember state” feature is interesting, innovative even.

    Does it replace VLC (whose 1.x port is taking quite some time), i.e. can it play movies ?

    Can it playback a stream (e.g. Fair Harbor Radio 😉 ?

    Its being self-contained in terms of codecs is intriguing… I can imagine our checking it out against haiku’s MediaKit, whenever we have some doubts about Haiku codecs (AIFF ..etc) before filing a ticket with the Haiku crew.


    • giovamugnai84
      Mar 28, 2013 @ 18:30:56

      for ttcoder:

      You can also play movies and streaming (i have set a playlist with some online radios and TVs) 🙂


  2. dsuden
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 14:36:12

    Right now, it’s too unstable to really even test very much on my computer here. It crashes whenever I try to play a file in it, and it only gets as far as buffering YouTube content and never displays it. At least, that’s my experience thus far. Giovanni is working hard on it and putting out updates and fixes. So far no luck here, but I’m sure he’ll get it. Then we can put it through its courses and see what it can do.


  3. ttcoder
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 11:08:52

    Further comments in the haikuware page, hinting at an engine bug related to nVidia and ATI video chipsets, whereas it works great on intel_extreme chipsets. Here’s wondering if the engine is accessing&crashing on the video or audio sides of said chipsets… and if said access is just revealing a bug in Haiku drivers or if something else is at play…


  4. giovamugnai84
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 20:12:56

    Hi, i had sent another comment but seems lost (?)
    In this comment i was saying that the bug/issue which you and some other users have encountered, is related to mplayer (not to SMPlayer which is only a frontend to mplayer) you can verify this bug running mplayer in a Terminal window (mplayer will crash).
    This bug seems that occurs most of the time, on radeon cards.


  5. ttcoder
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 20:06:13

    Hi and thanks for the feedback! I wonder what the mplayer engine does exactly, that makes it dependant on certain cards. For example, I think there are some drivers in Haiku that support “Overlay”, and some that do not.. So if the mplayer engine does not check that, maybe that causes the trouble.. Anyway SMPlayer is now on my list of things to check-out (I have an intel_extreme setup here, so I should be good to go, it should work for me 🙂

    P.S. Maybe a better question I should ask is, who ported mplayer to Haiku, and where did they make it available; gotta look at haikuware when I have time.


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