Mpv is a fork of mplayer2 (see former post ) and effectively its successor. Mpv stands for mpv plays videos. Notable changes from mplayer2 include removal of lots of unneeded code, better OSD ( On screen display ) rendering (using libass), support for playing URLs of popular streaming sites directly ( link ).
It supports a wide
variety of video file formats, audio and video codecs, and subtitle types.
There are instructions to build mpv, but being lazy I googled for a deb-package....
Go to http://ppa.launchpad.net/cellstorm/test/ubuntu/pool/main/m/mpv/ and download the package for your architecture.
I use gdebi to install it. Search for gdebi in Software Center.
Then right click the mpv package and choose Open With Gdebi Package Installer.
You can start mpv from a terminal :
Or in Files navigate to a video, right click and choose Open With > mpv Media Player.
For a full list of options type man mpv in a terminal.
The On Screen Controller (short: OSC) is a minimal GUI integrated with mpv to
offer basic mouse-controllability.
User-local settings are stored in ~/.mpv/config. The complete list of options is located here. An example.
My settings :
You can speed up the player using the GPU VDPAU API. See here and here.
My card supports VDPAU ( Nvidia GT 330 ) partially : Feature Set A.
mplayer -vc help | grep vdpau in a terminal gives :
ffmpeg12vdpau ffmpeg working FFmpeg MPEG-1/2 (VDPAU) [mpegvideo_vdpau]
ffwmv3vdpau ffmpeg problems FFmpeg WMV3/WMV9 (VDPAU) [wmv3_vdpau]
ffvc1vdpau ffmpeg problems FFmpeg WVC1 (VDPAU) [vc1_vdpau]
ffh264vdpau ffmpeg working FFmpeg H.264 (VDPAU) [h264_vdpau]
ffodivxvdpau ffmpeg working FFmpeg MPEG-4,DIVX-4/5 (VDPAU) [mpeg4_vdpau]
Playing a mp3 :