Linux News Today: MPV 0.18.0 Open-Source Video Player Lands with HiDPI Support for Wayland, More
The development team behind the MPlayer-based MPV open-source video player software announced this past weekend the release of another major milestone, MPV 0.18.0.
MPV 0.18.0 is now available for all supported platforms, including all GNU/Linux distributions, as well as the Mac OS and Microsoft Windows operating systems. Looking at the release notes, we can’t help but notice that there are quite some interesting new features, but also improvements to the build system, options, and commands.
Prominent new features of MPV 0.18.0 include support for HiDPI (High Dots Per Inch) displays on the next-generation Wayland display server, support for the SMPTE ST 2084 Dolby Perceptual Quantizer (PQ), as well as support for the Matroska (MKV) WebVTT format, which is usually used for displaying timed text tracks.
Furthermore, MPV is now capable of reading directories recursively, supports the hex:// protocol as well as various opaque hardware decoding formats, implements a D3D11 video processor filter, and brings a significant number of changes to the vo_opengl implementation, such as HDR support, and tone mapping algorithms.
Updated commands and options, improved build system
MPV 0.18.0 is not all about new features, as its developers have also managed to update some of the commands and options by either adding new ones or improving those that are already available because, after all, MPV remains command-line software. They also improved the build system, especially for those who want to compile the software on FreeBSD operating systems.
Of course, there are also multiple bug fixes and minor improvements implemented in the MPV 0.18.0, and according to the changelog, a total of 60 changes have been added. We thus recommend that you read the release notes attached at the end of the article if you want to know what exactly has been changed in this release. In the meantime, you can download the MPV 0.18.0 sources right now via our website.