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One of the new changes in the latest release of SMPlayer is the version system, which changed and now follows a two-digit year and month number, in a similar way to Ubuntu for example. Hence, the latest version is 14.3, and was put out a few hours ago, while the previous version was 0.8.6.

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SMPlayer is a powerful Qt-based video player with a lot of features, support for subtitles, video resizing, possibility to remember settings like position, volume, subtitle size on a per-movie basis. SMPlayer is based on the powerful MPlayer backend, and together with VLC is probably the most powerful movie player available for Linux.

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The previous release was 0.8.6, which has been around for quite some time, so let’s see what’s new in SMPlayer 14.3 (only the Linux-specific changes are included):

  • Possibility to play (non-protected) blu-ray discs.
  • The control for fullscreen mode has been rewritten and improved. Now it is displayed over the video.
  • Some presets have been added to the audio equalizer.
  • Better support for multimedia keys. This can help control SMPlayer with a remote control.
  • The option “Move the window when the video area is dragged” has been fixed.
  • Better support for Youtube.
  • Many bugfixes.
  • Possibility to compile with Qt 5.

The YouTube Browser has received some improvements too.

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Installing SMPlayer 14.3 in Ubuntu

There is a PPA which has already been updated with the latest SMPlayer, so type the following into a terminal to install it:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install smplayer

For the source tarballs and other downloads see this page or the SourceForge.net page.

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