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Media Player Classic Home Cinema(MPC-HC) is a free audio and video player for Windows. The new Media Player Classic Home Cinema has Anti tearing option, Subtitle synchronisation, Support Vista 64bits and more, Additional video decoders and in particular H.264 and VC-1 with DXVA support (see specific section for details), Better support for Windows Vista, including a release for 64 bits platform, Support for EVR renderer, Bugs and vulnerability fixes.

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Version:1.7.7 / 1.7.7.90 Beta History
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Size:10.7MB

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
1.7.7.90 next version - not released yet
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+ DVB: Show current event time in the status bar
+ DVB: Add context menu to the navigation dialog
+ Add Finnish translation
+ Ticket #4941, Support embedded cover-art
* DVB: Improve channel switching speed
* The "Properties" dialog should open faster being that the MediaInfo analysis is now done asynchronously
* Make double-click tolerance consistent with system settings
* Ticket #4978, Execute "once" after playback event when playlist ends, regardless of the loop count
* Ticket #4991, Text subtitles: "opaque box" outlines will now always be drawn even if the border width is set to 0.
The size of the text is independent of the border width so there is no reason not to draw that part
* Updated Little CMS to v2.7 (git 8174681)
* Updated Unrar to v5.2.1
* Updated LAV Filters to v0.63.0.2
* Updated Arabic, Armenian, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, British English, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional),
Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay,
Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tatar, Thai, Turkish,
Ukrainian and Vietnamese translations
! XySubFilter: Always preserve subtitle frame aspect ratio
! Properties dialog: The creation time did not account for the local timezone
! Properties dialog: More consistent UI for the "Resources" tab
! Ticket #2953, DVB: Fix crash when closing window right after switching channel
! Ticket #3666, DVB: Don't clear the channel list on saving new scan result
! Ticket #4436, DVB: Improve compatibility with certain tuners
! Ticket #4933, ASS/SSA subtitles: Fix a crash for elements with no horizontal border but a vertical one
! Ticket #4937, Prevent showing black bars when window size after scale exceed current work area
! Ticket #4938, Fix resetting the settings from the "Options" dialog: some settings were (randomly) not
restored to their default value
! Ticket #4954, Open dialog: Support quoted paths
! Ticket #4956, Improve Play/Pause mouse click responsiveness
! Ticket #4957/#4982, Do not adjust window width in audio mode if no cover-art/logo is loaded or its size
is limited to zero
! Ticket #4971, Bring back "Play next file in the folder" event in single time events menu
! Ticket #4975, Unrelated images could be loaded as cover-art when no author information was available
in the audio file
! Ticket #4991, Text subtitles: "opaque box" outlines were scaled twice
! Ticket #4992, DVB: Enabling the "Information" panel using the "Info" button on the "Navigation" dialog
would reduce the size of the main window when hiding the panel from the "View" menu
! Ticket #4993, DVB: The content of the "Information" panel was lost when changing the UI language
! Ticket #4994, The "Channels" sub-menu was not translated
! Ticket #4995, Some context menus weren't properly positioned when opened by App key

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Alternative to Media Player Classic Home Cinema:
BSPlayer
GOM Player
GOM Video Converter
Kantaris Media Player
KMPlayer
Light Alloy
Media Player Classic
MPC-BE
PotPlayer
SMPlayer
VLC media player



Guides and How to's:
Accelerate x.264 1080p movies over the GPU Guide - Read
Advanced MPC-HC Setup - Read
Quality guide for HTPC, how to configure MPC-HC, ffdshow, etc - Read
View all guides with guide description here


Acronyms / Also Known As:
MPC-HC, MPC HC, MPCHC, MPC Home Cinema, Media Player Classic HomeCinema, MPC HomeCinema

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I had an old panasonic digital cam which creates .mov quicktime files and uses a certain mjpeg format for its video. I've been using MPC-HC for years but it could never open read the video, only the audio. Usually I will load up Windows Media Player or use AVIDemux to change the container format to AVI then it'll work. And everytime MPC-HC comes out with a beta, I'll scan the changelog for any changes that involves .mov or mjpeg so that I could play the video natively only to be disappointed over the years until now.

With latest beta version, I could play the .mov files natively! Probably thanks to the upgrade in libAV.



Posted January 12, 2012 by . Tool version 1.5.3.3961 using OS Windows 7
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I have had a lot of issues with MPC-HC in the past...especially with high bitrate mkv's. Yesterday I decided to try this out with a retail Blu Ray title not expecting any better results and low and behold...MPC-HC plays Blu Ray's without any issues. It doesn't show the menu but it scans the disc and finds the main movie title and voila!!!!...Blu Ray function works fine. Didn't have any issues. I didn't even set up the filters or codec packs. I just installed the latest ffdshow and LAV Filters and nothing else...Blu Ray works fine right out of the box for me. Yippie!!!!!

My guess is that it's using ffdshow but I'm not sure...don't care either...all I know is that it works fine.

Give this one or PotPlayer a go for Blu Ray playback...both will work without having to pay a dime for Blu Ray software.



Posted January 10, 2012 by . Tool version 1.5.3.3954 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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I've found an issue. On playback of an webM video file the video freeze after 1 to 2minutes. Audio continues.


Posted December 27, 2011 by . Tool version 1.5.3.3917 Beta using OS WinXP
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Regression Alert! Use caution.

It's a bit sad to see this project run into the ditch.

Version 1.5.3.3734 works.



Posted December 23, 2011 by . Tool version 3909Beta using OS WinXP
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Unfortunately MPC-HC doesn't work with some standard streaming feeds:

http://www.npr.org/streams/mp3/nprlive24.pls
http://voxsc1.somafm.com:2026/listen.pls
http://somafm.com/missioncontrol64.pls

https://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/mpc-hc/ticket/1889
https://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/mpc-hc/ticket/432
https://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/mpc-hc/ticket/1830



Posted December 08, 2011 by . Tool version 1.5.3.3887 using OS WinXP
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Taking a brake maybe, but you can get updates here too: http://xhmikosr.1f0.de/


Posted November 12, 2011 by . Tool version 1.5.3.3469 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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So this has stopped being updated, or they just take a month off every now and again??


Posted November 11, 2011 by . Tool version 0 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


Still the best free player for video files


Posted July 22, 2011 by . Tool version 1.5.2.3456 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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i am not entering into the argument of who is fool or not?
i hv use and liked MPC-HC in the past....past...past.....
MPC-HC based on MPlayer and Mencoder libraries which inturn ffmpeg is back-boned.
1) How come professional programmers encodes the video clip interlaced and sets the flag progressive?
2) How come professional programmer(s) do not stick to or follow the standard practice for ac-3 encoding and sets the audio stream id 11111111_111111..... instead of 189 (0xBD) or 128 (0x80), due to which stream fails to be decoded.

i leave answers to the so called professional programmers.



Posted July 10, 2011 by . Tool version 1.5.2.3338 beta using OS Other
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Totally agree with the two last comments, I use MPC and MPC-HC since many years too and won't change for another player. MPC-HC which has its built-in filters can compete or even beat VLC, PowerDVD, etc.. In addition it is a light-weight soft and with ffdshow filter : perfect team !
Just put 9 overall score because it changes sometimes my custom icons and I had to create a *reg file to get my icons back.



Posted July 10, 2011 by . Tool version 1.5.2.3338 using OS Windows 7
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scorpinok is a foul-mouthed idiot. I've used dozens of players over the years including VLC, GOM, WMP, Splashlite, PowerDVD etc. and I pretty much use MPCHC exclusively now. Plays all my DVDs & Blurays including AVCHD bluray backups, flawlessly. Also, they continually update the player. Right now this is the best free player and is better than most of the payfer players.


Posted July 10, 2011 by . Tool version 1.5.2.3114 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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scorpinok has no idea what he's talking about and apparently doesn't know how to speak Englush clearly. MPC-HC has been driven thus far by a competent and responsible team of developers; only people who know how to familiarize themselves with a program before writing a half-conceived rant will get anything out of MPC-HC. It requires DirectX for hardware acceleration, and if it uses all your CPU, you have a garbage PC. MPC-HC can't fix a messed-up Directahow environment created by previously installed codec packs or broken filters, which are almost certainly present on the PC of the whiner immediately below.


Posted July 09, 2011 by . Tool version latest using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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Past few releases takes too long (not instantly) to load video because of MPC-HC tries to access DR0 and access memory as compared to VLC or other mplayer derivatives like SMPlayer,MPUI-HCB and so on...


Posted July 07, 2011 by . Tool version 1.5.2.3338 using OS Other
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This is a revision of an earlier comment.

Tried to load a .sub file with MPCHC. It wouldn't do it. Life's too short.

Downloaded a couple of other freeware players.

KMPlayer is junky ... never trust freeware that's prettified too much. Interface stinks too.

VLC works fine. Plus the interface is better. It's too easy to hit the wrong button in MPC.



Posted July 07, 2011 by . Tool version 1.5.0.2827 using OS Windows 7
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Media Player Classic HomeCinema - BE Mod could also be announced I guess...



Posted June 24, 2011 by . Tool version 1.5.2.3262 using OS Windows 7
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This new version is much, much better.

The (pretty recent) one I was using before certainly has the functionality and wide format support that WMP lacks, but I didn't use it unless necessary because it was a bit clunky. I don't have much patience for clunky software, free or not.

This one does very much the same but it works seamlessly. It's now my default player.



Posted April 23, 2011 by . Tool version 1.5.2.3043 beta using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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Long time listener first time caller he he. Just wanted to add my experience to the mix.Im an A+ certified Tech and I was stumped. This shows there is always new stuff to learn. Firstly my system specs are well within acceptable limits to play video. Infact Iíve been doing it for a few years. But lately a problem reared its ugly head. Every few minutes the video would stutter or judder if you will. No matter what I DID nothing changed. I researched and researched. Finally It seemed that it was the frame rate of the new codecs being used for encoding that where the problem. My lcd tv was not syncing up. And it was by accident I came across this info. MPCHC to the rescue. It is able through tech voodoo to make the frame rate of the video source sync to my lcd !!!!. Outstanding. I was a devoted mplayer for windows fan but I have switched. I have been using MPCHC for a while now smooth playback on all video sources. Before I became an MPC convert I tried other players vlc etc to fix the problem and of course all the system updates upgrades diagnostics blah blah no joy. Now I am a true believer. Happy video watching.


Posted April 12, 2011 by . Tool version 1.5.2.3011 using OS Windows 7
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If you have more than 5000 video files, you DEFINITELY need this player!

My take is if you have less than 1000 video files, VLC and the built in WMP will do, if you have more than 2000 video files, you'll also need SMPlayer and if you have have more than 5000 video files, you definitely need MPC HC!

MPC HC is the mother of all players, it will play non properly indexed, no indexed, no metas files (especially incomplete LIVE streamed FLV files) and files other player couldn't even open...BUT on the other side of this powerful player, there is a dark side, this is the ONLY player I know of that can bring down Windows (blue screens).

I have VLC and SMPlayer as my default players and MPC HC as standby cause sometimes you need to play the same video file in different players just to test!

One bug about MPC HC with WMV files is that if you drag and enlarge the WMV video file and then use the slider to seek/fast forward/backward, the screen would automatically return to it's original size! (this is happening with MPC HC x64 in Windows 7 x64).




Posted April 04, 2011 by . Tool version 1.5.2.2987 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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The easiest, lightest, most reliable and altogether finest piece of playback software you can find! Plays practically everything you throw at it and opens lightning fast! On slow systems as well! I rate it above VLC, which is also quite good, but lacks a number of features.
A very small drawback perhaps in MPC-HC is the cursor staying visible during playback, if it is not in full-screen mode. I imagine some people like that, but I would love an option to change that behaviour. But not important...

Thumbs up! Keep up the good work and thanks so much for this free app!!



Posted March 22, 2011 by . Tool version 1.5.1.2903 using OS Windows 7
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one of the greatest free video player out there.


Posted February 28, 2011 by . Tool version 1.4.1 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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Is the nvidia geforce 8800GT *not* supported by mpc-hc for gpu acceleration?
but the 8800GT is dxva2 compliant...

dx10 comes bundled with vista. have I to install dx9 too for mpc only? can dx9 and 10 life happy on the same OS?

thanks a lot!



Posted February 04, 2011 by . Tool version mpc-hc using OS Vista
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This is a fantastic media player that is light on system resources and can handle most media formats. You can also use ffdshow with it if there are a few formats that you cannot play with MPC-HC's built-in codecs.

There is one thing that sort of puts me off this player and that is when adding multiple audio/video files using the "Play All" option under "Music Tasks" on Windows XP, often MPC-HC will start opening the files and drop/forget some of the files, leaving only a couple left on the playlist e.g open 20 mp3's, forgets the first 15 and only plays the last 5??? Even Windows Media Player DOES NOT do this, the media populates the playlist almost instantly.

This problem DOESN'T occur if I select a folder containing media, right-click and select "Add to MPC-HC Playlist". Using this method the playlist is populated instantly and the first file is played, which is what I would like to see happen when clicking "Play All" under "Music Tasks" on Windows XP, because I am so used to opening media in this way.

I set MPC-HC to be the default player for all media formats, I would really love it if MPC could alter the registry in some way so that the "Play all" music task defaults to "Add to MPC-HC Playlist" for all media in that particular folder, hence loading ALL media fast without dropping/forgetting files.

Hope you take my suggestion into consideration. Thankyou for continuing to develop a superb media player.



Posted February 02, 2011 by . Tool version 1.5.0.2827 using OS WinXP
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I appreciate work authors are doing! I would like to thank all contributors, whose efforts make this software.


Posted November 30, 2010 by . Tool version 1.4.2689.0 using OS WinXP
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This is overall the best media player. It is also integrated to work with windows 7. So far no problems with it. Although it may be a bit difficult to change settings from individual codecs but nothing super hard. Overall the program is excellent.


Posted November 28, 2010 by . Tool version 1.3.2189 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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I have been using MPC HC ever since I heard about it back in 2008, and I don't plan on ever using another media player :).


Posted March 21, 2010 by . Tool version 1.3.1249.0 using OS WinXP
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