Image 1 is VLC media player image and Image 2 is MPV media player image respectively. Details as follows:

Video Details:

  • Format: x264 1080p .mkv
  • File size: 10.5 GB

VLC media player version:

  • VideoLAN - VLC 2.2.1 Terry Pratchett (WeatherWax)

MPV media player version:

  • mpv git-061b947 (C) 2000-2015 mpv/MPlayer/mplayer2 projects built on Mon Aug 31 21:24:46 UTC 2015
  • ffmpeg library versions:
    • libavutil 54.31.100
    • libavcodec 56.59.100
    • libavformat 56.40.101
    • libswscale 3.1.101
    • libavfilter 5.39.100
    • libswresample 1.2.101
  • ffmpeg version: N-74700-g628a73f

Operating system:

  • Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS

VLC media player screenshot:

VLC media player screenshot

MPV media player screenshot:

MPV media player screenshot

  • Are you watching it at full size or is it being scaled by the player? If it is being scaled, then you should determine which scaling algorithm (bilinear, bicubic, lanczos, etc) is being used by each player, or just try changing it in VLC if possible.
    – llogan
    Sep 3, 2015 at 16:34
  • I am watching it at full size only. Its a default scale came up with video itself.
    – snoop
    Sep 3, 2015 at 16:51

1 Answer 1


I did the following and it helped:

Go to Tools -> Preferences -> Show settings: All -> Video -> Output modules -> OpenGL

There set OpenGL extension to GLX and Open GL/GLES hardware to VA-API ... for X11 (as in my case I'm still using X11). Restart the player to see the effect!

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