Today I downloaded Miro 2.0.1. It’s not yet in the Ubuntu repositories, but the Miro project has set up repositories for the different versions of Ubuntu. Before I start reviewing, I thought it might be best to give a little background on Miro. Miro is a video player, and it has “sites” that can be downloaded as a feed so you can get the latest content. It actually used to be called Democracy Player back in the day, but was renamed in 2007. Miro has changed their content a bit for the second verstion. Videos used to be hosted on “channels” but that appears to have been changed in favor of “sites.” One thing to note, however, that doing a search for the sites does not work on Linux due to a flash player incompatibility. Searching for feeds (which is what I’m after) does work with Linux.
So, let’s get started!
Miro 2.0 has an updated interface that seems faster and easier to work with than previous versions. It also comes with a taskbar button that automatically hides/reopens Miro when it clicked. The player consists of a main window, with a bottom panel that includes a search bar and controls. The center window is where all the magic happens — videos and feeds can be viewed in this pane. There is a side bar that includes links to all your feeds so you can manage your videos and go back to the Miro Guide.
Videos are downloaded locally. Sure, you have to take the time to download the video, but once you have the video, there is no lag time and you get a higher resolution video. The videos automatically download from the feeds you are following, and Miro even lets you know when they are done and ready to watch.
… and no review is complete without a screenshot! (right click and select view image if it is not complete in your browser — it should show an entire desktop)