mpv is the most hip media player on Linux. Here is how to compile and install the latest version on Ubuntu or Debian resulting in a .deb package.
Note: The following instructions were adopted from here. I suggest reviewing that page first for good measure!
The wrapper process downloads a copy of ffmpeg and all needed dependencies and what results is a very nice statically linked .deb of mpv.
1. Install needed packages to build the software
sudo apt-get install git devscripts equivs
2. Clone latest mpv software and cd into that directory
git clone https://github.com/mpv-player/mpv-build.git
3. Make sure everything is up-to-date
4. Create and install a dummy package that pulls in all needed dependencies
(The first command removes any previous .deb, if compiled previously)
rm -f mpv-build-deps_*_*.deb
mk-build-deps -s sudo -i
5. Finally, build and then install the created deb of mpv, which will be located one directory higher
dpkg-buildpackage -uc -us -b -j4
Example created deb: mpv_0.15.0_amd64.deb
Install the created deb (might be named differently!) with dpkg -i:
sudo dpkg -i ../mpv_0.15.0_amd64.deb
stmiller@brahms:~$ mpv --version mpv 0.15.0-git-d1d6257 (C) 2000-2016 mpv/MPlayer/mplayer2 projects built on Mon Feb 15 20:19:35 EST 2016 ffmpeg library versions: libavutil 55.17.103 libavcodec 57.24.102 libavformat 57.25.100 libswscale 4.0.100 libavfilter 6.31.100 libswresample 2.0.101 ffmpeg version: n3.0
(optional) In the future, to update the package and files start back at step 4 and issue the following, then continue through steps 5 on.
Example screenshot from screenshots.debian.net.