MPV Video Player is a free, open-source and cross-platform media player with tons of features including support for frame timing, MKV chapters and subtitles. It boats a responsive video player application with minimal design-based layout that is easily customizable with themes.
It is seen by many to be a good alternative media player app to the mighty VLC since it can take almost as many media formats as VLC without requiring as many resources. This is, of course, a no-brainer, given that MPV is essentially a CLI application. It does have a default stock Graphical User Interface just in case you would prefer to run things that way.
MPV is easy to use. Hover your mouse over its player to activate a small OSD controller to perform the typical control functions including the options to play & pause, seek, toggle subtitles, and switch audio tracks. Its hardware is sped up by FFmpeg so be rest assured to get excellent playback performance.
Features in MPV Player
- Free, cross-platform, and open-source
- Play web radio and video streams
- Several audio and video filters with support for live effects
- Edit and improve audio quality
- Customizable with themes
- Support for MKV chapter, VDPAU and VAAPI
- Supports DXVA2 on Windows and VDA and VideoToolbox video on macOS
- Support for subtitles
- Manipulate video frame rate
- Supports frame timing and interpolation
- GPU accelerated to offer hardware speeds
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So, folks, do you prefer MPV to VLC, or do you think VLC will probably remain your favorite forever? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.