SMPlayer 19.1 released; adds support for 60fps YouTube Videos and Subtitles Search

SMPlayer is an award-winning MPlayer graphical user interface (GUI), capable of playing almost all known video and audio formats. 

SMPlayer got bumped straight to version 19.1 from 18.10 with the addition of a couple of important features and several bug fixes. SMPlayer is an award-winning MPlayer graphical user interface (GUI), capable of playing almost all known video and audio formats.

In addition to providing access to MPlayer’s most common and useful options, SMPlayer adds other features such as the ability to search and play Youtube videos, subtitle search, and skinnable interface. It is a multi-platform player that runs on Linux and Windows systems.

SMPlayer 19.1 New Features

Current users of SMPlayer should be knowing that YouTube playlist support was added a little more than a year ago, but the video playback was limited to 29.97fps, implies when a video of 60fps from YouTube is loaded, SMPlayer drops the playback to 29.97fps.

There has been a considerable amount of unhappy users who didn’t like this drop in fps, especially considering resolutions up to 4K support was already available. So, SMPlayer dev team has been working on this fix for a while.

SMPlayer 19.1 fixes this concern and one can now play the YouTube videos at full 60fps on SMPlayer.

SMPlayer on Ubuntu
SMPlayer on Ubuntu

Another notable feature that’s added is the ability to search for subtitles by using the name of the movie or show.

Search Subtitles by Name

Apart from the new features, the team reported several bug fixes in this release.

Installing SMPlayer on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and derivatives

Step 1) Launch Terminal.

Step 2) Enter the following commands to add repository source and update your system:

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

Step 3) Install SMPlayer.

sudo apt-get install smplayer

Step 4) We suggest to install themes and skins too to jazz it up a bit.

sudo apt-get install smplayer-themes smplayer-skins

That’s it! You can launch it from the Applications menu.

On other Linux distributions

You can install SMPlayer by compiling from source. Download the latest tar.bz2 package and compile it from the source. A step-by-step guide on how to compile an app from source should be useful for you to get it done.

Download SMPlayer Binary Packages

Alternatively, the SMPlayer team is courteous to provide ready to execute binaries. You can download it from the official website.

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