[FFmpeg-user] Is there an image viewer with FileSystemWatcher?

Michael Koch astroelectronic at t-online.de
Wed Sep 1 12:23:57 EEST 2021

Am 01.09.2021 um 09:30 schrieb Paul B Mahol:
> On Wed, Sep 1, 2021 at 9:26 AM Michael Koch <astroelectronic at t-online.de>
> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> sometimes it's an iterative process to find the best parameters for a
>> filter, especially when the filter changes brightness, contrast or colors:
>> 1) Edit the filter parameters in the FFmpeg command line
>> 2) Run FFmpeg
>> 3) Open the output image in a viewer (normally I'm using IrfanView)
>> 4) Realize that the output can be improved, close the image viewer and
>> go back to step 1)
>> Is there any image viewer that automatically detects when the image is
>> overwritten and then shows the new image? I mean without closing and
>> re-starting the viewer.
> Use mpv, it supports all ffmpeg filters, and thus you need not to use
> closed source viewers at all.

Thank you, I got mpv working with a complex filterchain. If anyone wants 
to try it, here is an example:

rem FFmpeg:
ffmpeg -i 7Z7A2027.jpg -filter_complex 
"split[1][2];[1]hue=h=0:s=1:b=-2[3];[2][3]hstack" -y out.jpg

rem This is the same thing with MPV:
mpv 7Z7A2027.jpg --keep-open=yes 

1) Don't use "-i" before the input file.
2) "--keep-open=yes" means that mpv doesn't close shortly after showing 
the output image.
3) "-filter_complex" must be replaced by "--lavfi-complex="
2) The input pad in the filter chain must be called [vid1]. You can't 
omit it as in FFmpeg.
3) The output pad in the filter chain must be called [vo]. You can't 
omit it as in FFmpeg.


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