Clapper is an exciting development. We love that it reduces the space required by the playback controls to the absolute minimum. Combine that with a borderless window without a header, and this media player is immediately appealing. The floating mode is sublime.
Hardware acceleration works well. On Intel systems, you can verify hardware video acceleration is enabled with the command.
$ sudo intel_gpu_top
Here’s the output we see when playing a video.
The Video Engine is greater than 0% indicating that hardware video acceleration is in operation. Hardware acceleration reduces CPU and RAM usage.
Memory usage is reasonable. Playing 3840×2160 H.264 video, the software consumes around 280MB of RAM. That’s slightly higher than the development release of VLC 4.
The software is in an early stage of development so it’s lacking a lot of functionality offered by our recommended free and open source media players. And there’s a fair share of bugs along the way. But Clapper might already meet your feature requirements.
Give it a whirl and let us know your opinion in the comments box below.
Developer: Rafał Dzięgie
License: GNU General Public License v3.0