Every few years we need
ffplay for some little job. The ffmpeg suite is my go-to swiss-army knife for whipping video into shape. Unfortunately, the compilation process is challenging. Here is a summary of the recipe I used to build these tools on OSX 10.10.2. It was not exactly straightforward. That’s why I wrote it down.
To jump to the end, the most difficult part was getting SDL-1 to build. (https://www.libsdl.org) I tried using SDL-2 with
ffplay, but that combination did not compile correctly.
ffplay requires SDL-1, and SDL-1 required some manual edits to get it installed.