Say Hello to MPV

If a normal user who his/her needs are listening music, browsing web, watching video and etc start using GNU/Linux, he or she will be certainly satisfied with this OS. Something which is important for a newbie GNU/Linux user is multimedia and in GNU/Linux world we have lot of players which the user will choose one and start watching movies and etc.

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In this post we gonna talk about MPV that is forked from Mplayer and Mplayer2 and it can support almost all subtitle and video codecs types.

Installing MPV:
For installing MPV on your Debian-based GBU/Linux use following command in terminal :

sudo apt install mpv

For installing MPV on Arch Linux/Manjaro and Arch-based distribution :

sudo pacman -S mpv

Configure MPV:

MPV settings are being controlled by these three file :

mpv.conf

input.conf

lua-settings/osc.conf

For more information about these file check the links below:

mpv.conf

osc

input

The recommended configuration for mpv.conf file:

--hwdec=vaapi
--video-aspect='16:9'
--save-position-on-quit
--sub-text-font='Droid Naskh Shift Alt'
--sub-text-color='#ffff00'
--sub-scale-with-window='yes'
--secondary-sid='auto'
--geometry='50%:50%'
--autofit-larger='70%x70%'
--sub-codepage=utf8:cp1256

  MPV usage:

Open a terminal and use mpv command:

mpv video.mp4

For more information to how use MPV in terminal use following command:

man mpv

CLI Shell is really good however thousands of people can’t work with CLI so we need good graphical interfaces on MPV to control it.

Test VA-API:

For testing VA-API we play a video in two different ways and then we check CPU usage together, I got a Lenovo G-500 laptop and we test videos on that which here you can see the informations about my Laptop:

CPU Model name:Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3110M CPU @ 2.40GHz
VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
Mem:3.7G

Look at the video informations:

General
Complete name                            : bbb_sunflower_2160p_60fps_normal.mp4
Format                                   : MPEG-4
Format profile                           : Base Media
Codec ID                                 : isom (isom/avc1)
File size                                : 642 MiB
Duration                                 : 10mn 34s
Overall bit rate                         : 8 488 Kbps
Movie name                               : Big Buck Bunny, Sunflower version
Performer                                : Blender Foundation 2008, Janus Bager Kristensen 2013
Composer                                 : Sacha Goedegebure
Genre                                    : Animation
Encoded date                             : UTC 2013-12-17 16:40:26
Tagged date                              : UTC 2013-12-17 16:40:26
Comment                                  : Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 - http://bbb3d.renderfarming.net
©com                                     : Jan Morgenstern

Video
ID                                       : 1
Format                                   : AVC
Format/Info                              : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile                           : High@L5.1
Format settings, CABAC                   : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames                : 4 frames
Codec ID                                 : avc1
Codec ID/Info                            : Advanced Video Coding
Duration                                 : 10mn 34s
Bit rate                                 : 8 000 Kbps
Maximum bit rate                         : 35.1 Mbps
Width                                    : 3 840 pixels
Height                                   : 2 160 pixels
Display aspect ratio                     : 16:9
Frame rate mode                          : Constant
Frame rate                               : 60.000 fps
Color space                              : YUV
Chroma subsampling                       : 4:2:0
Bit depth                                : 8 bits
Scan type                                : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)                       : 0.016
Stream size                              : 605 MiB (94%)
Writing library                          : x264 core 120
Encoding settings                        : cabac=1 / ref=4 / deblock=1:1:1 / analyse=0x3:0x133 / me=tesa / subme=11 / psy=1 / psy_rd=0.40:0.00 / mixed_ref=1 / me_range=24 / chroma_me=1 / trellis=2 / 8x8dct=1 / cqm=0 / deadzone=21,11 / fast_pskip=0 / chroma_qp_offset=-2 / threads=12 / sliced_threads=0 / nr=0 / decimate=1 / interlaced=0 / bluray_compat=0 / constrained_intra=0 / bframes=16 / b_pyramid=2 / b_adapt=2 / b_bias=0 / direct=3 / weightb=1 / open_gop=0 / weightp=2 / keyint=250 / keyint_min=25 / scenecut=40 / intra_refresh=0 / rc_lookahead=60 / rc=2pass / mbtree=1 / bitrate=8000 / ratetol=1.0 / qcomp=0.60 / qpmin=0 / qpmax=69 / qpstep=4 / cplxblur=20.0 / qblur=0.5 / ip_ratio=1.40 / aq=1:0.60
Encoded date                             : UTC 2013-12-17 16:40:26
Tagged date                              : UTC 2013-12-17 16:40:29

Audio #1
ID                                       : 2
Format                                   : MPEG Audio
Format version                           : Version 1
Format profile                           : Layer 3
Mode                                     : Joint stereo
Mode extension                           : MS Stereo
Codec ID                                 : 6B
Duration                                 : 10mn 34s
Bit rate mode                            : Constant
Bit rate                                 : 160 Kbps
Maximum bit rate                         : 165 Kbps
Channel(s)                               : 2 channels
Sampling rate                            : 48.0 KHz
Compression mode                         : Lossy
Stream size                              : 12.1 MiB (2%)
Writing library                          : LAME3.99r
Encoding settings                        : -m j -V 4 -q 3 -lowpass 17.5 -b 160
Encoded date                             : UTC 2013-12-17 16:40:28
Tagged date                              : UTC 2013-12-17 16:40:29

Audio #2
ID                                       : 3
Format                                   : AC-3
Format/Info                              : Audio Coding 3
Mode extension                           : CM (complete main)
Format settings, Endianness              : Big
Codec ID                                 : ac-3
Duration                                 : 10mn 34s
Bit rate mode                            : Constant
Bit rate                                 : 320 Kbps
Channel(s)                               : 6 channels
Channel positions                        : Front: L C R, Side: L R, LFE
Sampling rate                            : 48.0 KHz
Frame rate                               : 31.250 fps (1536 spf)
Bit depth                                : 16 bits
Compression mode                         : Lossy
Stream size                              : 24.2 MiB (4%)
Encoded date                             : UTC 2013-12-17 16:40:28
Tagged date                              : UTC 2013-12-17 16:40:29

When VA-API is activate:

mpv-vaapi-1024x576

When VA-API is disable:

mpv-without-vaapi-1024x576

Now is time to install GUI for MPV, here you can see a list of front-end for MPV:

  1. Baka MPlayer
  2. Bomi
  3. GNOME MPV
  4. SMPlayer
  5. Xt7-player-mpv

 

Baka MPlayer

baka-mplayer

Baka Mplayer is QT-based player, for compiling this application from source code first install the list of following dependencies:

  • gcc
  • pkgconfig
  • libmpv (or compile mpv with libmpv support)
  • youtubedl (optional, for streaming youtube videos)
  • qt5base
  • qt5qmake
  • qt5tools
  • qt5declarative
  • qt5svg
  • qt5network
  • qt5x11extras
After installing the dependencies use commands below:
git clone -b release https://github.com/u8sand/Baka-MPlayer.git
cd "Baka-MPlayer"
./configure CONFIG+=install_translations
make -j `grep -c ^processor /proc/cpuinfo`
sudo make install

But there is more simple way to get this video player if you use Arch Linux use command below:

sudo pacman -S baka-mplayer

Some abilities in Baka Mplayer:

  • Gesture seeking.
  • Smart playlist.
  • Dim Desktop.
  • Hardware accelerated playback (vdpau, vaapi, vda).
  • Youtube playback support (and others).
  • Multilingual support (we are looking for translators!).
  • And more…

Bomi bomi

For installing this video player on Arch Linux use this command:

yaourt -S bomi

If you use Debian-Based distributions use following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:darklin20/bomi
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install bomi

If you use other distributions see here.
Bomi abilities:

  • Playback
  • Various media files and DVD
  • Multi-chapter files (mkv)
  • Playback speed
  • A-B repeat specified by time
  • A-B repeat specified by subtitle
  • Playback history
  • Playlist support
  • Resume playback
  • Hardware-accelerated decoding
  • Accurate seeking
  • Tri-level steps for seeking
  • Seeking by subtitle
  • Image slide show

GNOME MPV

Gnom-mpv

Gnome MPV is a simple GUI based on GTK for MPV, for install this video player from source code first install following packages:

  • appstream-glib (build)
  • autotools (build)
  • autoconf-archive (build)
  • pkg-config (build)
  • gcc (build)
  • intltool (build)
  • python2 (build)
  • glib2
  • gtk3
  • libmpv
  • youtube-dl (optional)

Now download this zip and extract it in $HOME then use following command:

./autogen.sh && make && sudo make install

If you have Arch Linux, there is an easier way to do this, just run following command in terminal and then the video player will be installed:

yaourt -S gnome-mpv

If you take a look at it’s preferences you can see that it has some options for MPV:

per-gnome-pvm

 

Smplayer

smplayerYou can find Smplayer in many distributions sources so for installing this video player, use command below for Ubuntu/Debian:

sudo apt install smplayer

For Arch Linux/manjaro :

sudo pacman -S smplayer

After installing go and choose MPV in Smplayer preferences :

mpv-smplayer

Now go to Preferences > Advanced > Options for MPV then configure other thing about MPV there !

sm-option

 

Xt7-player-mpv

x7

xt7-player-mpv has been built based on QT and it’s a full option GUI for MPV which even let you to work with DVB-T cards !

Installing:

For install this video player from source code first install following list of dependencies:

Gambas 3 (usually the very latest version)
Qt4
mpv

After installing dependencies enter commands below in terminal one by one:

git clone https://github.com/kokoko3k/xt7-player-mpv.git
cd xt7-player-mpv/
/path/to/gambas/binaries/gbc3 -e -a -g -t -p -m
/path/to/gambas/binaries/gba3
./xt7-player-mpv.gambas

If you use Arch Linux its a easier way to install this player:

yaourt -S xt7-player-mpv

For activating MPV options in the vide player go to it’s settings:

x-setting

 

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