Jan 23, 2024 Tags: devblog, programming
This is a short announcement post for the 5.x series of ff2mpv.
The last release (the 4.x series) was exactly 2 years ago, so it’s been a little while.
This release series has two primary features:
ff2mpv now supports configurable profiles, which can be created and
modified directly from the extension. The associated pull request has
all of the relevant details, but the relevant bit is this
about:addons > ff2mpv > Preferences):
As the big scary message indicates, you must be careful about
what you put in your MPV profiles: these are arbitrary flags that
are passed to the underlying
mpv invocation, and MPV has ample
ways to execute arbitrary code. Caveat emptor.
Many thanks to @DanSM-5 for his development efforts on this feature.
External extensions can now invoke ff2mpv via the
browser.runtime.onMessageExternal API, by user demand. The change
itself was small (just 23 additional lines), but will apparently
make ff2mpv compose with other extensions.
Thanks again to @DanSM-5 for this feature enhancement as well.
Outside of the extension itself, support for other browsers (beyond Firefox and mainline Chrome/Chromium) has continued to improve. Or at least I think it has, because people only sporadically file bugs for Brave, LibreWolf, &c. Some relevant changes over the last two years:
ff2mpv continues to be very conservatively developed: support for MPV profiles is the biggest feature addition in years, and is likely to remain the biggest for a long time.
The biggest upcoming thing is the move to Manifest V3, which Chrome is making us do. There’s a work in progress PR for it, but we still have a few months until anything needs to change (provided Chrome doesn’t push the migration back again).
When MV3 comes out, I will likely begin the 6.x series. Until then, enjoy the 5.x series and please report any bugs you run into!