mediainfo: multimedia file stats

mediaIn general, HandBrake or ffmpeg are sufficient to know the details of a media file and start the job. However, there are some specific cases where you may want to know more. for example, what if the lengths of the audio and video files (muxed together) are different and you need to take care of that? You can never be too careful! Continue reading mediainfo: multimedia file stats

SMPlayer with mpv on Ubuntu Trusty

SMPlayer is a very powerful multiplatform GUI wrapper over MPlayer and its fork mplayer2. We explored some of its interesting features earlier. Recently it has added support for mpv, a fork of MPlayer and mplayer2 (which died out) and with new features for playing all your multimedia:

  • Streamlined CLI options with a lot of improvement and rework
  • OpenGL based high-quality video output even wit scaling
  • On-screen controller which appears on mouse movement
  • Possibility to display two subtitles at once
  • Play videos from video sites, like Youtube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, Vevo and many more video hosting sites
  • Support for MKV ordered chapters
  • Precise seeking
  • Native support for VAAPI and VDA. Improved VDPAU uses ffmpeg hardware acceleration APIs.
  • Better support for taking screenshots
  • Open source and multi-platform

Though mpv offers an on-screen controller fans of SMPlayer might find it lacking. Here’s are the steps to install the testing versions of SMPlayer and mpv on Ubuntu 14.04:

  • Install mpv and SMPlayer
    $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/trusty-media
    $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/testing
    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get install mpv smplayer
  • Run SMPlayer. Navigate to OptionsPreferences ▸ GeneralMPlayer executable. Change mplayer to mpv in the text field.

UMPlayer: MPlayer frontend


While I had been a die-hard fan of SMPlayer since its early days, I was quite oblivious that there is another clone of SMPlayer that has all the features of it – UMPlayer. The options and GUI are strikingly similar which lead me to believe that UMPlayer is a clone of SMPlayer. What I loved about it is that it comes in a much smaller package and the performance seemed better than SMPlayer even when using 4 threads to decode high-def video. The UI is skinnable and I loved the skin Black which is damn smart lookwise. You can also directly play, download or record videos from YouTube. Audio quality is extremely good (with normalization and software amplification at 130%) and I am using the gl driver for rendering video. It is multiplatform as well. I am so fascinated with this new MPlayer frontend that I removed SMPlayer, which I had been using for years now, from my system.

To install on Ubuntu:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/umplayer
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install umplayer

Webpage: UMPlayer