If you like mplayer, you will love SMPlayer and Gnome-Mplayer. Both SMplayer and Gnome-Mplayer are really good MPlayer front-ends and they do work great. SMplayer has long been my favorite multimedia player in Ubuntu and we have even featured SMplayer among the most wanted multimedia apps for Ubuntu.
I just installed smplayer and it's not working! I don't seem to recognise the reason, but it might be something in the lines of 'unrecognised mplayer version' or something. Although, mplayer works. from terminal i'm able to run mplayer and watch movies.
I've been looking into downloading SMplayer and there's lot of the talk about it being a great "Front end for MPlayer". Does this mean I also have to d/l MPlayer to make smplayer function properly or will all be taken care of via Synaptic Package Manager?
I have a question. Achiving working HW acceleration for moovies are a bit too complicated in Linux. See this example (assumeing a mainline RadeonHD vga):If people are using the Catalyst driver, than they have to use VA-API for getting the UVD to work.
Just for fun I will put a little how-to on using mplayer/mplayer2 for the first timer. But we will stay minimal, no GUI, just the command line.I guess the app is already familiar to you, maybe you use it already with a graphical frontend like SMplayer or Gnome MPlayer etc. to watch movies. But we will be more interested how to use this little player just from our best friend, the CLI.