Friday, May 9, 2014

KPlayer


KPlayer is the video playback app. If 'H.264 Hardware Acceleration' is supported, it can play 720p, 1080p video files better smoothly.¹ Also you can enjoy a movie in the concise, modern interface with high-quality subtitles that are displayed quickly.


What's New in Version 1.4.3 (05/09/2014)

• Supports the 'YUV444P 10-bit' pixel format. (FFmpeg mode)
• Adds '10-bit Pixel' option to Preferences. (FFmpeg mode)
• Improves the compatibility related to the 'H.264 Hardware Acceleration'. (FFmpeg mode)
• Fixes minor bugs.


Ver 1.4.3

Requires OS X 10.8 or later.

Minimized Settings.

'H.264 Hardware Acceleration' support.¹
• Requires a Mac equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, GeForce 320M, GeForce GT 330M, ATI HD Radeon GFX, Intel HD Graphics and others. 
(It seems that Mac OS X System - 720p/1080p in 10.8.x, 1080p in 10.9.x - requires more power of GPU. So, in case of 'NVIDIA GeForce 9400M' with these systems under these conditions, this ‘H.A.’ feature only works in 'Native' mode.)
• Requires M4V, MP4 or MOV types (encoded in H.264/AAC or H.264/ALAC) in 'Native' mode, requires a video track (encoded in H.264) in 'FFmpeg' mode.

'Subtitles' support. (Sandbox²) 
• SMI, SRT.
• Subtitles files ('smi', 'srt' extension) described next are automatically searched in the same folder or in 'F where'/KPlayer until it finds the first file.
  - SAME named with the file (or the folder; only when opened the 'BDMV' included folder, only in 'F where'/KPlayer) 
  - and then SIMILAR named.
• Ruby tag is available.

'Aspect ratio settings' support.
• SAR / 4:3 / 16:9 / 1.85:1 / 2.35:1 / 2.40:1

'Playlist' support. (Sandbox²)
• If open video 'files', it is automatically made up of video files that have similar names in the same folder.  
• If open a 'folder', it is automatically made up of all playable video files in the folder. (not depth)
• Automatically saved and reused folder-playlists. 
• Automatically saved and reused the most recent file-playlist. 
• Automatically saved and reused final playback status for each file in the playlist.

'Playback speed settings' support.
• Click the right mouse button at left(decreased by 0.5) or right(increased by 0.5) areas of the video playing window.
• Currently supported only in 'Native' mode.

'Continued playing' support.
• Click the play button or menu after executing KPlayer.
• Replay the most recently opened video file.

'Move to Trash' support.
• Move video files that were playing to the end and its subtitle files to Trash.

'Skip' support.
• The skipping time is set automatically depending on the running time of the video file.
• It is useful to skip the intro, opening, ending of the video.

Playable Types³
• 'Native' mode: M4V, MP4, MOV.
• 'FFmpeg' mode: M4V, MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, FLV, WMV, RMVB, M2TS, TP, TS, TRP.


※ KPlayer uses some dynamic libraries of 'FFmpeg' licensed under the LGPLv2.1.


1. It may not support the video track that was encoded in settings that the 'OS-based media playback feature' does not support.

If it does not support 'H.264 Hardware Acceleration', playback and seeking may be not smooth according to the CPU of your Mac (especially when play the 1080p video file). 

2. Sandbox: If you open video 'files' (not 'folders') that are NOT in the following folder and its subfolders: 'F where' place in 'Preferences', 

  - you should manually open same named subtitles files, 
  - and it doesn't support the feature that it opens similar named subtitles files, 
  - and the feature that playlist is automatically made up of similar named video files doesn't work. 

3. 'm2ts' files that are contained in 'BDMV' will be automatically added to the playlist when you open the 'BDMV' included folder. (For example, DSK/BDMV, please open DSK folder)

It doesn't support the playback of the protected video file.

Only the video file with a video track (encoded in 'YUV420P' pixel format) is played normally. ('YUV420P 10-bit’, 'YUV444P 10-bit' pixel formats are played only in 'FFmpeg' mode.)