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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 history/Release notes:
1.7.4 - 16 April 2014

New:
New Bengali and Tatar translations
Support for opening “icyx://” stream URLs
Ticket #2348/#3583, Automatically refresh the information bar and title bar so that the correct information is always shown for streaming (e.g. online radios)
Ticket #4043, Statistic: Show playback rate for audio files
Changed:
If MPC-HC is configured to override the splitter choice when doing the initial track selection, tracks selected at splitter level will be preferred in case more than one tracks match the criteria
The “Jump to” menu has been split in several smaller submenus displayed in the “Navigate” menu depending on the media currently playing
The internal LAV Splitter will now be used by default to demux AviSynth scripts instead of using the old VFW interface. Note that AviSynth is still required even if LAV Splitter is used
Cleaned up WebUI’s Javascript code
Updated:
SoundTouch to v1.8.0
Little CMS to v2.6 (git 40300b1)
Unrar to v5.1.2
MediaInfoLib to v0.7.68
ZenLib to v0.4.29 r446
LAV Filters to stable version 0.61.2:
LAV Audio: Improve error recovery on slightly corrupted audio streams
LAV Video: Fix a rare crash that could occur for high resolutions
LAV Video: Fix artifacts on some H264 streams with both software and DXVA decoding
LAV Splitter: Support ShoutCast metadata
LAV Video: Various improvements for DXVA support (native and copy-back)
LAV Splitter: Fix the opening of some Blu-ray discs which would take several minutes and could hang the player
Ticket #4035, LAV Video: Some frames were dropped when playing RealVideo files
Ticket #4057, LAV Splitter: Some WAV files were incorrectly detected as DTS
Armenian, Basque, British English, Catalan, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Croatian, Czech, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese translations
Fixed:
Properties dialog: Some tracks could have been missing from the streams list
Fix incorrectly displayed OSD in case the message contained the character ‘&’. Also make top-left and top-right OSD size consistent and improve the behavior when the text is too big to be displayed entirely
VMR-7 renderless: subtitles were not displayed except in fullscreen
Ensure dynamic menus dependent on the currently playing media are updated when the media changes while a menu is opened
DVB subtitles: Subtitles were sometimes only partially rendered with some parts disappearing immediately
DVB and PGS subtitles: Subtitles were sometimes one frame late. This was invisible most of the time, but it could produce blinking in some cases
ISR: Crop PGS and DVB subtitles if they don’t fit into the video frame
ISR/VSFilter: Use correct colorimetry information for PGS and DVB subtitles
ISR: Subtitles could be partially rendered when using no subtitle queue
ISR: Text subtitles were incorrectly displayed after switching from PGS/DVB subtitles
PGS subtitles: Subtitles being displayed just after seeking could be wrong
Ticket #1814, Vobsub: Support animated subtitles (with fade in/out)
Ticket #2588, Subtitle renderer: The subtitles’ shadow was not drawn when their border was very thin
Ticket #2773, Subtitle renderer: Fix possible artifacts when using karaoke effects
Ticket #2994, Fix toolbar separators not being properly painted
Ticket #3296, Fix WebUI controls.html error due to unescaped file path
Ticket #3437, Audio Switcher: Support fallback to another media type. For example, this allows audio decoders to fallback to normal decoding if bitstreaming isn’t supported
Ticket #3544, Prevent the low-merit fall-back on internal LAV Splitter to demux raw subtitle formats
Ticket #3691, PGS subtitle timings were sometimes wrong (subtitles started or ended too late)
Ticket #3763, VMR-9 renderless and EVR-CP: The displayed subtitle was not updated when seeking while playback was paused
Ticket #3775, “Play -> Subtitles” menu could be mistakenly disabled when the internal subtitle renderer was unavailable
Ticket #3980/#4037, Exiting fullscreen sometimes produced visual artifacts
Ticket #3987, Entering fullscreen when MPC-HC window occupied the whole monitor produced visual artifacts
Ticket #3999, Work around a crash in the math library for x64 builds
Ticket #4004, Fullscreen/windowed transition was not as smooth as in 1.7.1 and prior
Ticket #4011, Fix image saving for streams with characters not supported in path names
Ticket #4013, Subtitle renderer: Fix a crash on malformed animated transforms (t tags with no parameters)
Ticket #4020, Update dialog: Fix incorrect version info when using Belarusian, Slovenian or Russian translations
Ticket #4050, MPC-HC could crash when loading invalid DVB channel settings
Ticket #4070, Restore compatibility with KatMouse
Ticket #4079, The “Save image/thumbnails” path was cut off in the status bar
Ticket #4082, Fullscreen window was misplaced sometimes after monitor mode autochange
Ticket #4116, “Snap to desktop edges” option wasn’t working correctly
Ticket #4128, Moving mouse over tooltips in fullscreen hid the toolbar under some circumstances
Ticket #4141, Subtitles were incorrectly displayed in DVD and DVB mode when using the internal subtitle renderer and madVR
Ticket #4141, DVD subtitles were always re-enabled when clicking on a menu entry related to external subtitles
Ticket #4163, Shaders option page: the buttons’ icons were missing on Windows XP
Ticket #4173, ASS/SSA subtitles: Fix a possible infinite loop during parsing

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Alternative to Media Player Classic Home Cinema:
BSPlayer
GOM Player
GOM Video Converter
Kantaris Media Player
KMPlayer
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'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
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


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
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


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
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


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
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


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
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


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
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


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
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


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 I’ve 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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Media Player Classic Home Cinema is the best, free and smallest all-in-one player. Use it with ffdshow and be happy. Thank You


Posted February 08, 2010 by . Tool version 1.3.1249.0 using OS WinXP
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With regard to Blu-ray movies: MPCHC player is terrific, I can play an .iso file of a ripped (with anydvdHD) blu-ray movie or the .m2ts file of a blu-ray movie. The .iso file must first be mounted into a virtual dvd drive, I use Daemon tools lite. MPC lacks some controls on blu-ray movies, like chapter changing, but it certainly beats paying big bucks for PowerDVD Ultra or Nero 9 Ultra, and takes up less hard drive space. I can skip ahead if I pause first then move the slider, then hit play. I can even play an original blu-ray movie disk in my blu-ray (burner) drive, after anydvdHD first scans the disk. Unless I just haven't found it yet, a Pop-up menu to change chapters during Blu-ray movies would make a nice future enhancement. Kudos to the author.


Posted December 25, 2009 by . Tool version 1.3.1249 using OS Windows 7
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