Introduction to MLT

MLT package is the Media Lovin Toolkit. It is an open source multimedia framework, designed and developed for television broadcasting. It provides a toolkit for broadcasters, video editors, media players, transcoders, web streamers and many more types of applications.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 12.1 platform.

Package Information

MLT Dependencies


frei0r-plugins-1.8.0 and (Qt-5.15.12 or qt-alternate-5.15.12)


Doxygen-1.10.0, fftw-3.3.10, libexif-0.6.24, SDL2-2.30.0, JACK, MOVEit, SoX, and vid.stab

Installation of MLT

Install MLT by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

      -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release  \
      -Wno-dev .. &&


This package does not come with a test suite. However a test .mp4 file can be played in a local graphical environment with ./out/bin/melt <filename>.mp4.



This application uses advanced graphical capabilities. In some cases, firmware for your specific graphics adaptor may be needed. See the section called “Firmware for Video Cards” for more information.

Now, as the root user:

make install


Installed Program: melt-7 and melt (symlink to melt-7)
Installed Libraries:,, and over twenty plugins
Installed Directories: /usr/include/mlt-7, /usr/lib/mlt-7, /usr/lib/cmake/Mlt7, and /usr/share/mlt-7

Short Descriptions


is a test tool for MLT