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mpv is a video player and a fork of mplayer2 and MPlayer. It shares some features with the former projects while introducing many more. While mpv has no official GUI, it has a small controller that is triggered by mouse movement. mpv has an OpenGL based video output that is capable of many features loved by videophiles, such as video scaling with popular high quality algorithms, color management, frame timing, interpolation, and more.

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0.33.0 / 20210919 Nightly (September 19, 2021)



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Software License

Free software / FOSS (Free download and also Free and Open Source Software)



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Version history / Release notes / Changelog


v0.33.1

Security fix release for the 0.30 branch. Users are advised to upgrade immediately.
(CVE number pending)

Fixes and Minor Enhancements
demux_mf: improve format string processing

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All features


Streamlined CLI options

MPlayer's options parser was improved to behave more like other CLI programs, and many option names and semantics were reworked to make them more intuitive and memorable.

On Screen Controller

While mpv has no official GUI, it has a small controller that is triggered by mouse movement.

High quality video output

mpv has a OpenGL based video output that is capable of many features loved by videophiles, such as video scaling with popular high quality algorithms, color management, frame timing, interpolation, and more.

GPU video decoding

mpv leverages the FFmpeg hwaccel APIs to support VDPAU, VAAPI, DXVA2, VDA and VideoToolbox video decode acceleration.

Embeddable

A straightforward C API was designed from the ground up to make mpv usable as a library and facilitate easy integration into other applications.

Active development

mpv is under active development, focusing on code refactoring and cleanups as well as adding features.




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mpv media player



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19 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews


Rating by Romsryu on May 31, 2021 Version: 0.33 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




Works well, light Media Player. can use hardware decoder (CPU with i-GPU or APU), tone mapping, tuning parameter, audio equalizer, and not consuming too much resource or eating your system.

maybe it's not for ordinary people who just click and watch, need configuration.

recommended for expert or advanced user, in my opinion, the best media player after Daum Pot Player


Review by Amariami on Mar 7, 2021 Version: 0.33.0-88-gd1be8bb606 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




MPV's a neat program-- it operates as a slightly obtuse CLI video player by default, but if you delve into it you'll see that it also serves as a nearly-complete ffmpeg frontend (including encoding) that can also play/preview the stuff you put through it.


Regarding the player's video quality: if you open the player's OSD, you'll see that the last step before output bilinear scaling; a lot of people seem to interpret this as some kind of smoothing filter. It's actually a no-op; ie, bilinear scaling from a resolution like (1920x1080) to itself (1920x1080 --> 1920x1080) won't actually do anything. Same for any of the "interpolatory" filters, if you feel like Googling something. Comparing unfiltered output from MPV to the unfiltered output of madVR (IE, with no enhancements in either and equivalent settings in both) shows them being fairly similar, as well. They also both more or less align with ImageMagick, which is a good thing since IM is sort of a reference for correct image rendering.


MPV is, however, configured to just use bilinear up/down/chroma scaling by default, which absolutely is rather blurry if you need to watch a video at something other than its native resolution. This brings me to my first problem with the software: while the documentation for mpv is actually astonishingly detailed, in its default configuration it barely has any advantages over anything, and you'll need to rely on the manual (or someone else's interpretation of it) to whip the program into shape.


My *other* criticism, and the reason I don't use mpv on a regular basis, is that it's extremely prone to dropping or mis-timing frames compared to madVR or even the EVR render in MPC-- at least on Windows. (It might be different on Linux, but madVR doesn't even exist to be compared to it there ...) This is unfortunately a deal-breaker for me, and a much bigger issue than simple still-image quality.


Review by joe on Sep 16, 2020 Version: 20200913 Nightly OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 5/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 7/10




MPV is surely the only original video player project born in these years and potentially it can be the most advanced video player. In some area it is superior to the trio MPC-HC + LAV + madVR: color management, better use of DXVA hardware acceleration, better online streaming video support, much better seeking, use of scripts to extend the functions, under constant development. The visual quality is not generally yet at the same level of the trio above, as September 2020.

Review by Ziggy1978 on Sep 13, 2020 Version: 0.32 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




Rating by Omicron on Apr 23, 2020 Version: 0.32.0 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10


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