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jeremy 12-23-2020 11:27 AM

Video Media Player of the Year
 
What's your preferred app for watching video?

--jeremy

jsbjsb001 12-23-2020 12:14 PM

I usually use VLC, so that's what I'll vote for. But I do find mpv to be much better at handling large MPEG-TS video files recorded off my TV card, and I find it much better at handling MPEG-PS (MPEG 2) videos than VLC

teckk 12-23-2020 01:50 PM

I use mplayer, mpv, ffplay. They work fine and are easily script-able.

The code base for mplayer may be crustier, but I think that mplayer is a little more useful.

mpv dropped DVD menu support years ago. When playing a stream mpv will start to download the whole video as soon as it starts. mplayer will stream it. That is useful if you only want to watch the first few seconds of the vid, also saves bandwidth.

Ever notice that? Start your system monitor, like gkrellm, so that you can watch the ethernet interface.

Let me get a video to demonstrate.
Code:

a=$(youtube-dl -f 18 -g https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MQ11fPpPKwg)
Now try them one at a time and watch the ethernet.
Code:

mplayer "$a"

mpv "$a"

Unless there is something that I have missed in the man page. Where that can be changed.

But, mplayer will complain about not being able to seek backwards in an online stream, where mpv won't And mpv will use youtube-dl to get/play a vid. But, I don't like it downloading the entire video.

I find all 3 useful. ffplay is a natural for getting the exact time to cut a video with ffmpeg, such as when you are editing commercials out of a tv show capture. It will give a more accurate time than mplayer. That's my 2 cents.

GazL 12-23-2020 02:12 PM

long time mplayer user here.

JSB 12-23-2020 02:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jsbjsb001 (Post 6199091)
I usually use VLC, so that's what I'll vote for. But I do find mpv to be much better at handling large MPEG-TS video files recorded off my TV card, and I find it much better at handling MPEG-PS (MPEG 2) videos than VLC

I also use VLC, but curious about mpv.

teckk 12-23-2020 02:31 PM

Quote:

but curious about mpv
Code:

pacman -Si mpv
...
Name            : mpv
Version        : 1:0.33.0-3
Description    : a free, open source, and cross-platform media player
...
URL            : https://mpv.io/
Licenses        : GPL3
...
Provides        : libmpv.so=1-64
Depends On      : alsa-lib  libasound.so=2-64  desktop-file-utils  ffmpeg
                  libavcodec.so=58-64  libavdevice.so=58-64  libavfilter.so=7-64
                  libavformat.so=58-64  libavutil.so=56-64  libswresample.so=3-64
                  libswscale.so=5-64  glibc  hicolor-icon-theme  jack
                  libjack.so=0-64  lcms2  liblcms2.so=2-64  libarchive
                  libarchive.so=13-64  libass  libass.so=9-64  libbluray
                  libbluray.so=2-64  libcaca  libcdio  libcdio-paranoia  libdrm
                  libdvdnav  libdvdread  libgl  libglvnd  libegl  libgl  libjpeg
                  libjpeg.so=8-64  libplacebo  libplacebo.so=72-64  libpulse
                  libpulse.so=0-64  libva  libva.so=2-64  libva-drm.so=2-64
                  libva-wayland.so=2-64  libva-x11.so=2-64  libvdpau  libx11
                  libxext  libxinerama  libxkbcommon  libxkbcommon.so=0-64
                  libxrandr  libxss  libxss  libxv  lua52  mesa  mujs  rubberband
                  librubberband.so=2-64  shaderc  libshaderc_shared.so=1-64
                  uchardet  vulkan-icd-loader  wayland  xdg-utils  zlib
Optional Deps  : youtube-dl: for video-sharing websites playback
...
Download Size  : 1391.55 KiB
Installed Size  : 5069.56 KiB
...


ondoho 12-23-2020 03:45 PM

mpv was already my unbeatable No.1 choice before I discovered its youtube-dl integration.

cwizardone 12-23-2020 07:17 PM

SMPlayer.

anticapitalista 12-24-2020 02:01 PM

mpv for me.

YesItsMe 12-25-2020 12:14 PM

mpv. I'll still have to find a video file which it cannot play, and it does not distort the sound (like VLC often does) or freeze. Very good piece of software.

dugan 12-26-2020 12:18 PM

I voted for mpv, but I've noticed that I have more stutters and A/V desyncs with mpv than with VLC. At least on Fedora.

Tonus 12-30-2020 03:18 AM

I always use mplayer first. I it couldn't do it, give vlc a shot.

Dawn262 01-05-2021 04:42 PM

For me, VLC has been the go-to for years. No fault, no hassle.

Crippled 01-05-2021 05:11 PM

Celluloid

dugan 01-13-2021 07:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dugan (Post 6200189)
I voted for mpv, but I've noticed that I have more stutters and A/V desyncs with mpv than with VLC. At least on Fedora.

I set the "video-sync=display-resample" option and things seem to be much better.


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