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Another very nice way to crop a video using mpv.

This simple trick is a nice way to crop a video with mpv. This is a good alternative to using ffmpeg.

┗━━━━━━━━━━┓ john@localhost ~/Downloads
           ┗━━━━━━━━━━━━━╾ ╍▷ mpv --vf=lavfi=[crop=290:220:30:0] --start=01:01:01 myvideo.mkv -o me.mp4

This will start at 01:01:01 and then crop out a square of the video.

To preview this effect, use this command.

┗━━━━━━━━━━┓ john@localhost ~/Videos
           ┗━━━━━━━━━━━━━╾ ╍▷ mpv --vf=lavfi=[drawbox=0:240:400:500:invert:1] rusty.mp4 
 (+) Video --vid=1 (*) (h264 608x1080 25.000fps)
 (+) Audio --aid=1 (*) (aac 2ch 48000Hz)
AO: [pulse] 48000Hz stereo 2ch float
VO: [gpu] 608x1080 => 810x1080 yuv420p
AV: 00:00:03 / 00:00:30 (12%) A-V:  0.000
Exiting... (Quit)

Once I was satisfied with the result, I could copy the crop values to the actual command. This is to crop a 240:500 pixel area of the video.

┗━━━━━━━━━━┓ john@localhost ~/Videos
           ┗━━━━━━━━━━━━━╾ ╍▷ mpv --vf=lavfi=[crop=240:400:500] --start=00:00:10 rusty.mp4 -o me.mp4
 (+) Video --vid=1 (*) (h264 608x1080 25.000fps)
 (+) Audio --aid=1 (*) (aac 2ch 48000Hz)
[ao/lavc] Opening encoder: AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) [aac]
AO: [lavc] 48000Hz stereo 2ch floatp
VO: [lavc] 240x400 => 320x400 yuv420p
[vo/lavc] Opening encoder: libx264 H.264 / AVC / MPEG-4 AVC / MPEG-4 part 10 [libx264]
[encode] Opening output file: me.mp4
[encode] Opening muxer: MP4 (MPEG-4 Part 14) [mp4]
AV: 00:00:29 / 00:00:30 (100%) A-V: -0.029 {0.0min 213.2fps 2.3MB}
[encode] video: encoded 2454671 bytes
[encode] audio: encoded 320458 bytes
[encode] muxing overhead 16496 bytes
Exiting... (End of file)

This is a very painless endeavor and would be very useful indeed, to crop out a section of video and not require reecoding.

This will even work when you are streaming television or any other online stream, this is a nifty way of watching TV…

┗━━━━━━━━━━┓ john@localhost ~/Videos
           ┗━━━━━━━━━━━━━╾ ╍▷ mpv --vf=lavfi=[crop=640:480:0] --no-resume-playback

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