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ffplay is a command line tool provided by FFmpeg, a cross-platform solution for handling multimedia data. FFplay is a simple and versatile media player built on top of the FFmpeg libraries, capable of playing various media formats. It supports both audio and video playback and provides a straightforward interface for media playback from the command line.

Some key features of ffplay include:

  1. Support for multiple media formats: ffplay can handle a wide range of audio and video file formats, including popular formats like MP3, AAC, WAV, MPEG, AVI, MP4, and more.

  2. Real-time feedback: ffplay provides real-time feedback on the media being played, including information about the current time, duration, file format, codec information, and playback statistics.

  3. Configurable playback options: The tool offers various playback options, such as adjusting the volume, toggling fullscreen mode, changing playback speed, seeking to specific positions in the media file, and looping playback.

  4. Frame-by-frame navigation: With ffplay, you can navigate through media frames frame by frame, allowing for detailed analysis of individual frames.

  5. Video filter support: The tool supports video filters, enabling users to apply visual effects, adjust colors, change aspect ratios, crop and resize videos, and much more during playback.

  6. Network streaming: ffplay can also play media via network streams, allowing you to view and listen to multimedia content available on remote servers.

Overall, ffplay serves as a convenient command line media player with a range of features for both audio and video playback, making it useful for various multimedia-related tasks and analysis.

List of commands for ffplay:

  • ffplay:tldr:44a81 ffplay: Play a media file.
    $ ffplay ${filename}
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  • ffplay:tldr:6b832 ffplay: Show only video keyframes.
    $ ffplay -vf select="${eq(pict_type\,PICT_TYPE_I)}" ${filename}
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  • ffplay:tldr:cc5ae ffplay: Play a video and show motion vectors in real time.
    $ ffplay -flags2 +export_mvs -vf codecview=mv=pf+bf+bb ${filename}
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