Monday, November 10, 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 it can enjoy a movie in the concise interface with the high-quality subtitles that are displayed quickly.


What's New in Version 1.4.4 (11/10/2014)

• Improves the compatibility related to H.264 Hardware Acceleration. (FFmpeg mode)
• Changes related to Subtitle.
  - It searches the subtitle files named like these at the step that the first file was found.
  First, at the same folder - VideoFileName or VideoFileName* + .smi or .srt 
  Second, at ‘F where’/KPlayer - VideoFileName or VideoFileName* + .smi or .srt 
  Finally, at ‘F where’/KPlayer - FolderName or FolderName* + .smi or .srt (only when opened the BDMV’s folder)
  - It can select two subtitles at ‘Inspector’.
  - It can adjust the line-spacing at ‘Preferences’.
• Optimizes the performance.
• Fixes minor bugs.


Ver 1.4.4

Requires OS X 10.8 or later.

Minimized Settings.

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

'Subtitles' support. (Sandbox²) 
• SMI, SRT.
• Ruby tag is available.
• It searches the subtitle files named like these at the step that the first file was found.
  - First, at the same folder - VideoFileName or VideoFileName* + .smi or .srt 
  - Second, at ‘F where’/KPlayer - VideoFileName or VideoFileName* + .smi or .srt 
  - Finally, at ‘F where’/KPlayer - FolderName or FolderName* + .smi or .srt (only when opened the BDMV’s folder).

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

'Playlist' support. (Sandbox²)
• If it opens 'video files', it is automatically made up of video files that have similar names in the same folder.  
• If it opens 'folders', 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 at '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.


1. H.264 Hardware Acceleration
  - 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 this feature, playback and seeking may be not smooth according to the CPU of your Mac. (especially when plays the 1080p video file)

2. Sandbox
  - If it opens not 'folders' but 'video files' and these 'files' are NOT in the following folder or its subfolders; 'F where' place in 'Preferences', 
  - it should open the same-named subtitle files manually
  - and the feature that playlist is automatically made up of the similar-named video files doesn't work. 

3. Playable Types
  - 'm2ts' files that are contained in 'BDMV' will be automatically added to the playlist when it opens the BDMV's folder. (For example, if DSK/BDMV, please open the 'DSK' folder.)
  - It doesn't support the playback of a protected video file.
  - The video file with the video track encoded in 'YUV420P' pixel format can be played normally at any mode.
  - 'YUV420P 10-bit’, 'YUV444P 10-bit' pixel formats can be played only at 'FFmpeg' mode.


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