# Plex MPV Mod

# Why Modify The Player?

You get:

  • Less buffering
  • Better quality
  • Dolby Vision support without Plex pass
  • HDR10+ support without Plex pass
  • No transcoding

# How to Modify the MPV Player

Be sure to close the Plex App before applying the modifications.

  • Go to https://sourceforge.net/projects/mpv-player-windows/files/libmpv/
    • Click the modified column to sort by newest.
    • Download mpv-dev-x86_64-v3-{date}-git-{hash}.7z, where date is the most recent date in YYYYMMDD format and hash is some random hash.
  • Extract the zip to somewhere, and copy the libmpv-2.dll file.
  • Go to plex install location (by default C:\Program Files\Plex\Plex, though it can vary).
    • If inside the Plex folder libmpv-2.dll exists paste the copied libmpv-2.dll and overwrite it. If it doesn't paste it and rename it to mpv-2.dll. It should be ~80MB in constrast to the original's 10MB.
  • Go to %localappdata%\plex (by default C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\Plex, where YourUserName is your account name. Again, it can vary).
    • Create mpv.conf file
    • Paste this into the file:

where {Plex} is your plex install path, so it'll most likely look something like tls-ca-file=C:\Program Files\Plex\Plex\resources\cacert.pem if you never changed it.

C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\Plex is the root folder of the MPV config so you can put your own MPV config in there, do note that Plex overwrites most keybinds tho. For more details on MPV configs visit the tutorial.

  • Open Plex and go to 🔧 Settings and change these settings:
    • Quality:
      • Internet Streaming > Video Quality: Maximum
      • Home Streaming > Video Quality: Maximum (You may need to uncheck Use recommended settings first)
    • Player: Show Advanced >
      • Normalize Multi-chanel Audio: ☐ Unchecked
      • Exclusive Audio: ☐ Unchecked
      • Video Playback Quality: Make My GPU Hurt
      • Use Hardware Decoding: ☑ Checked
      • Enable HDR Switching: ☑ Checked (This setting might not show up for you.)
    • Debug: Show Advanced >
      • Direct Play: ☑ Checked
      • Direct Stream: ☑ Checked