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Just wondering what i should use to watch some anime I have on my PC... I have not used any movies on my PC in long time, so I am not sure if I should do VLC player still or is there something better out there these days?
    
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Once I tried Motion Smoothing, I could never go back to regular players. I'm using the latest version of Mirillis Splash. It has a ton of features, although it lacks in some "quality of life" features, that a VLC user may be accustomed to.
But the Motion Smoothing is magic. Highly recommended, if you are into that kind of stuff.

PS: Especially good for anime.
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The 2 cutting edge video players right now are players with MadVR support (MPC, PotPlayer, a few others), and MPV-based player (MPV itself, MPC-QT, SMPlayer).

VLC is behind the times, IMHO. Despite being "open source", the player is very closed by choice, hence it doesn't support all the great add-ons that have come out. And despite the "it just works" reputation, I find MPC-HC and MPV to be far more robust video players these days.




For something easy, just install SVP 4 Free, and check all the boxes in that first prompt. For more customization, follow the SVP guide here on the forums.

If you want to get your hands dirty and don't mind messing with text config files, or if you're on Mac/Linux/Android, I recommend messing with MPV. And, optionally, pay a few bucks for the Pro version of SVP 4 so you can use it with MPV and mess with its own custom options.
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Thanks guys, I will install both Spash and the the other one as backup. I am a motion smoothing freak -hence paying extra for a high refresh gsync laptop ;p
    
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Once I tried Motion Smoothing, I could never go back to regular players. I'm using the latest version of Mirillis Splash. It has a ton of features, although it lacks in some "quality of life" features, that a VLC user may be accustomed to.
But the Motion Smoothing is magic. Highly recommended, if you are into that kind of stuff.

PS: Especially good for anime.

It's actually kind of hit and miss with anime.


See, alot of animations are drawn at 12 FPS, while pans and stuff will still be at a native 24. Even worse, alot of old anime is released as mixed telecined 30hz footage, and it's often deinterlaced improperly depending on where you get it from and what player you use.


Motion interpolators can't deal with that. So sometimes, you'll run into content that artifacts like crazy with motion interpolation on, and sometimes it works fine. It just depends.



EDIT: I don't watch a ton of anime, actually (just Avatar mostly), but I have edited/processed some of it. So don't ask which series is OK for interpolation, I dont know tongue.gif
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Thanks guys, I will install both Spash and the the other one as backup. I am a motion smoothing freak -hence paying extra for a high refresh gsync laptop ;p

Splash is limited to 60fps, 144hz screen won't see full benefits from that player.
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Thanks guys, I will install both Spash and the the other one as backup. I am a motion smoothing freak -hence paying extra for a high refresh gsync laptop ;p

SVP has the smoothest motion, as far as I know, but as a consequence it also has the most potential for artifacts. You should try it before buying Splash, as the player it uses is much better anyway, and can actually leverage all the CPU/GPU grunt your laptop has.
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SVP has the smoothest motion, as far as I know, but as a consequence it also has the most potential for artifacts. You should try it before buying Splash, as the player it uses is much better anyway, and can actually leverage all the CPU/GPU grunt your laptop has.

SVP is taking forever to download... after the install of 50mb, it starts downloading a ton of crap... I just gave up and went back to VLC player, took 4 seconds and I am not watching shows just fine, lol
    
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SVP is taking forever to download... after the install of 50mb, it starts downloading a ton of crap... I just gave up and went back to VLC player, took 4 seconds and I am not watching shows just fine, lol

Yep, that's the major turn-off of SVP. Furthermore, the first 2 times I tried it, something was always broken and didn't work. The third time around it worked, but I found it can't handle 1080p interpolation on my CPU. Coming from Bomi, which is another player with motion smoothing, but very outdated by now, it was some improvement, but once I found Splash and how easy to use and configure it was, I never looked back to all that chaos.
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Yep, that's the major turn-off of SVP. Furthermore, the first 2 times I tried it, something was always broken and didn't work. The third time around it worked, but I found it can't handle 1080p interpolation on my CPU. Coming from Bomi, which is another player with motion smoothing, but very outdated by now, it was some improvement, but once I found Splash and how easy to use and configure it was, I never looked back to all that chaos.

I may end up dropping $20 on the Splash, I really only use Netflix and Cruncyroll though, so really VLC is fine for me, since i use it so rarely to begin with.
    
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