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You can now vote for your favorite projects/products of 2020. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends on February 17th.


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View Poll Results: Video Media Player of the Year
Dragon Player 2 0.71%
DVD-Player (XBMC) 1 0.36%
FFplay 1 0.36%
GNOME Videos 3 1.07%
mplayer 22 7.83%
mplayer2 5 1.78%
mpv 49 17.44%
Parole 3 1.07%
QMPlay2 1 0.36%
VideoPlayer (Kodi) 1 0.36%
VLC 189 67.26%
xine 4 1.42%
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Old 12-23-2020, 11:27 AM   #1
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Video Media Player of the Year


What's your preferred app for watching video?

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Old 12-23-2020, 12:14 PM   #2
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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
 
Old 12-23-2020, 01:50 PM   #3
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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.
 
Old 12-23-2020, 02:12 PM   #4
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long time mplayer user here.
 
Old 12-23-2020, 02:25 PM   #5
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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.
 
Old 12-23-2020, 02:31 PM   #6
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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
...

Last edited by teckk; 12-23-2020 at 02:32 PM.
 
Old 12-23-2020, 03:45 PM   #7
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mpv was already my unbeatable No.1 choice before I discovered its youtube-dl integration.
 
Old 12-23-2020, 07:17 PM   #8
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SMPlayer.
 
Old 12-24-2020, 02:01 PM   #9
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mpv for me.
 
Old 12-25-2020, 12:14 PM   #10
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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.
 
Old 12-26-2020, 12:18 PM   #11
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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.
 
Old 12-30-2020, 03:18 AM   #12
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I always use mplayer first. I it couldn't do it, give vlc a shot.
 
Old 01-05-2021, 04:42 PM   #13
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For me, VLC has been the go-to for years. No fault, no hassle.
 
Old 01-05-2021, 05:11 PM   #14
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Old 01-13-2021, 07:49 PM   #15
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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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