I'm using smplayer 0.8.6 (from the ppa) on Ubuntu 13.10 (64-bit) along with a VAAPI-enabled mplayer build from here.
The hardware acceleration worked perfectly when calling mplayer from the command line but I would get choppy video and 10% cpu usage when using smplayer. By chance I disabled screenshots and video playback became smooth and cpu usage was reduced to what was expected.
The folder specified was empty so I'm not exactly sure why having it enabled was causing such excessive cpu usage.
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