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MPV video player 0.30.0 was released a few days ago with many new features and improvements. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Linux Mint 19.x, and Ubuntu 19.10.

MPV 0.30.0 release highlights:

  • Vulkan interoperability with CUDA hardware decoding support as well as VA-API + Vulkan interop support.
  • replace Vulkan implementation with one based upon libplacebo
  • resentation feedback support with the DRM EGL code
  • support for direct mode of 4:4:4 content with VDPAU decoding
  • 30bpp support for the DRM output back-end
  • support for 10-bit OpenGL rendering on macOS
  • add gamepad support through SDL2
  • add presentation time support for wayland.

How to Install MPV 0.30.0 in Ubuntu:

There’s an Ubuntu PPA contains most recent MPV packages for Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 19.10.

1.) Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/mpv-tests

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2.) If a previous version of MPV was installed, launch Software Updater and you’ll see new MPV package available to upgrade.

Or run command one by one in terminal to install (upgrade) MPV:

sudo apt install mpv

Uninstall:

To downgrade MPV to the stock version in Ubuntu main repositories, run command to purge the PPA:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:mc3man/mpv-tests

To remove the PPA only, go to Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

To simply remove MPV media player, either use Ubuntu Software or run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove mpv

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MPV media player, an open-source fork of mplayer2 and mplayer, reached 0.29.0 release with numerous changes.

MPV 0.29 now requires FFmpeg 4.0 or newer, and it features:

  • ao/openal: Add better sample format and channel layout selection
  • ao/openal: Add support for direct channels output
  • cocoa-cb: initial implementation via opengl-cb API
  • context_drm_egl: Introduce 30bpp support (requires Mesa 18.0.0_rc4 or later)
  • osx: add some more menu bar items as suggested by Apples’s HIG
  • vo_gpu: make screenshots use the GL renderer
  • x11: support Shift+TAB as an input key bind
  • ytdl_hook: support native dash demuxer, if present
  • ao_alsa, ao_pulse: reduce requested buffer size
  • audio: change format negotiation, remove channel remix fudging
  • client API: deprecate opengl-cb API and introduce a replacement API
  • demux: lower demuxer cache default sizes from 400MB/400MB to 50MB/150MB
  • osx: always deactivate the early opengl flush on macOS
  • scripting: change when/how player waits for scripts being loaded
  • vo_gpu: various improvements to HDR peak detection
  • vo_gpu: various improvements to HDR tone mapping
  • wayland_common: update to stable xdg-shell
  • ytdl_hook: parse youtube playlist urls to set start index if --ytdl-raw-option=yes-playlist= is specified
  • build: drop support for SDL1 (only applied to ao_sdl)

There are also many new command options, bug fixes and minor enhancements.

While no Ubuntu packages available at the moment, you may download the source and see more details at the link below:

MPV Release Page

UPDATE: This PPA now includes MPV 0.29 for Ubuntu 18.04.

Simply open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run following commands one by one to add the PPA and install mpv 0.29 in Ubuntu 18.04:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/mpv-tests

sudo apt-get install mpv

SMplayer

SMPlayer 18.3, a new monthly release of the Mplayer / MPV front-end, was released a few hours ago.

SMPlayer is a small release with only following changes:

  • Possibility to search for subtitles using the hash and filename methods at the same time.
  • Fix a bug which prevented to play some YouTube URLs.

SMPlayer with Mac skin

How to Install SMPlayer 18.3 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 18.04, and derivatives, do following steps to install or upgrade SMPlayer via its PPA repository.

1. Search for and launch “terminal” from application launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it asks and hit Enter.

Smplayer PPA

2. Then upgrade SMPlayer using Software Updater (or Update Manager):

upgrade smplayer

or run commands in terminal to install (or upgrade) the media player:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install smplayer smtube smplayer-themes

Uninstall:

To remove SMPlayer, run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove smplayer smtube smplayer-*

And remove the PPA via “Software & Updates” utility under Other Software tab.

SMplayer

SMPlayer 18.2, the second release of the free media player in 2018, was available one day ago with two new features.

Changes in SMPlayer 18.2 include:

  • Now it’s possible to use a priority list of preferred languages for the audio and subtitles.
  • Now there’s support for YouTube playlists. In the playlist window, click in the Load/save icon, select “Load playlist from URL” and paste the URL of the YouTube playlist.

SMPlayer with Mac skin

How to Install SMPlayer 18.2 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 18.04, and derivatives, the latest SMPlayer packages are available in the PPA repository (check the link before getting start following steps).

1. Search for and launch “terminal” from application launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it asks and hit Enter.

Smplayer PPA

2. Then upgrade SMPlayer using Software Updater (or Update Manager):

upgrade smplayer

or run commands in terminal to install (or upgrade) the media player:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install smplayer smtube smplayer-themes

Uninstall:

To remove SMPlayer, run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove smplayer smtube smplayer-*

And remove the PPA via “Software & Updates” utility under Other Software tab.

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MPV media player reached the 0.28.0 release a few days ago. Here’s how to install it via PPA in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04.

MPV 0.28.0 requires FFmpeg 3.4 and features initial d3d11 and vulkan support. Other changes include:

  • Add DRM_PRIME Format Handling and Display for RockChip MPP decoders
  • Add support for Display P3 primaries
  • support multiple seekable cached ranges, display cache ranges on OSC
  • demux_playlist: support .url files
  • dvb: Add multiple frontends support (up to 8)
  • dvb: implement parsing of modulation for VDR-style channels config
  • hwdec: add mediacodec hardware decoder for IMGFMT_MEDIACODEC frames, rename mediacodec to mediacodec-copy
  • lua: integrate stats.lua script (bound to i/I by default)
  • add support for nvdec hwaccel
  • add android opengl backend

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How to Install MPV 0.28.0 in Ubuntu:

MPV does not provide official Linux binaries, but it refers to a third-party PPA which contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and derivatives.

To install it, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “Terminal” from start menu. When it opens, do:

1. add the PPA repository via command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/mpv-tests

Type in your password (no visual feedback due to security reason) when prompts and hit Enter.

2. If you have a previous release installed, you can now launch Software Updater and upgrade the software after checking for updates:

Or just run commands to install it for the first time:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install mpv

Uninstall:

For any reason, you can remove the PPA easily by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab. And remove the player via command:

sudo apt remove mpv && sudo apt autoremove