Playing 10bit HEVC videos on Linux with NVIDIA and mpv

Posted on Fri 26 May 2017 in dev

For this to work you will need an NVIDIA GPU.

Get the mpv-build scripts, tune the mpv and ffmpeg options and build:


mkdir -p ~/git
cd ~/git
git clone
cd mpv-build

# write mpv_options file
cat << EOF > mpv_options

# write ffmpeg_options file
cat << EOF > ffmpeg_options

# build
./rebuild -j10

Play a 10bit HEVC video with:

~/git/mpv-build/mpv/build/mpv --hwdec=cuda --vo=opengl <VIDEO_FILE>

This is especially useful for 60 frame per second 2160p 10bit HEVC videos since most CPUs cannot decode those fast enough for smooth playback.