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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 10, including a release for 64 bits platform, Support for EVR renderer, Bugs and vulnerability fixes. Requires Windows Vista or newer.

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1.9.22 (June 26, 2022)


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Changes from to 1.9.22:

Updated MediaInfo DLL to version 22.06

Added support for rendering subtitles on DX11 surface. This is utilized by MPC Video Renderer (version 0.6.0 and above) in DX11 mode.
Added option to automatically save a downloaded subtitle file. When enabled it saves the active subtitle when closing the video file.
Added advanced option to specify preferred audio format (AAC/Opus) when streaming from Youtube.
The command line parameter /play without further parameters will now resume last opened file.
The command line parameter /pns now also supports explicit position and zoom values.
Added support for rendering WebP image with internal filters.
Added advanced option to specify image display duration. This setting is only supported by "Generate Still Video" and "MPC Image Source" filters. Generate Still Video seems to use a minimum of 10 seconds, so be aware of that. Image formats rendered by the internal LAV Filters will now have infinite duration (at 1 fps) so they are no longer quickly skipped over in a playlist. Custom duration is not supported by that filter.
The "Playlist" context menu option on the Formats options page now controls whether the "Add to Playlist" context menu entry is created.
AB repeat values are now remembered when file is reloaded after resuming from sleep.
When saving MPCPL playlist file, it now always uses relative paths when logical.

Fixed regression with moving subs up/down.
Fixed an issue with WebVTT subtitles when changing playback rate.
Fixed an issue with FullscreenSeparateControls option when moving to next file.
A few small bug fixes.
Overview of features
A lot of people seem to be unaware of some of the awesome features that have been added to MPC-HC in the past years. Here is a list of useful options and features that everyone should know about:

Dark interface
Menu > View > Dark Theme
When using dark theme it is also possible to change the height of the seekbar and size of the toolbar buttons.
Options > Advanced
Video preview on the seekbar
Options > Tweaks > Show preview on seek bar
Adjust playback speed
Menu > Play > Playback rate
The buttons in the player that control playback rate take a 2x step by default. This can be customized to smaller values (like 10%):
Options > Playback > Speed step
Adjusting playback speed works best with the internal audio renderer. This also has automatic pitch correction.
Options > Playback > Output > Audio Renderer
MPC-HC can remember playback position, so you can resume from that point later
Options > Player > History
You can quickly seek through a video with Ctrl + Mouse Scrollwheel.
You can jump to next/previous file in a folder by pressing PageUp/PageDown.
You can perform automatic actions at end of file. For example to go to next file or close player.
Options > Playback > After Playback (permanent setting)
Menu > Play > After Playback (for current file only)
A-B repeat
You can loop a segment of a video. Press [ and ] to set start and stop markers.
You can rotate/flip/mirror/stretch/zoom the video
Menu > View > Pan&Scan
This is also easily done with hotkeys (see below).
There are lots of keyboard hotkeys and mouse actions to control the player. They can be customized as well.
Options > Player > Keys
Tip: there is a search box above the table.
You can stream videos directly from Youtube and many other video websites
Put yt-dlp.exe or youtube-dl.exe in the MPC-HC installation folder.
Then you can open website URLs in the player: Menu > File > Open File/URL
You can even download those videos: Menu > File > Save a copy
Tip: to be able to download in best quality with yt-dlp/youtube-dl, it is recommended to also put ffmpeg.exe in the MPC-HC folder.
Several YDL configuration options are found here: Options > Advanced
This includes an option to specify the location of the .exe in case you don't want to put it in MPC-HC folder.
Play HDR video
This requires using madVR or MPC Video Renderer.
After installation these renderers can be selected here:
Options > Playback > Output
Ability to search for and download subtitles, either automatically or manually (press D):
Options > Subtitles > Misc
Besides all these (new) features, there have also been many bugfixes and internal improvements in the player in the past years that give better performance and stability. It also has updated internal codecs. Support was added for CUE sheets, WebVTT subtitles, etc.

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Guides and How to's

Accelerate x.264 1080p movies over the GPU Guide

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Acronyms / Also Known As

MPC-HC, MPC HC, MPCHC, MPC Home Cinema, Media Player Classic HomeCinema, MPC HomeCinema

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146 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews

MPC-HC plays HD video smoothly on my old machine, whereas VLC hiccups.

I had trouble playing embedded PGS subtitles and could find no web post that clearly pointed out what to do. After some experimentation, this is what I came up with...

To View PGS Subtitles with MPC-HC

Select "View > Options"
In left pane, select "Subtitles > Misc"
Untick "Prefer forced and/or default subtitle tracks", "Prefer external subtitles over embedded subtitles" and "Ignore embedded subtitles"
In left pane, select "Internal Filters"
At bottom of right pane, under "Internal LAV Filters settings", select "Splitter"
At bottom left, tick "Enable Tray Icon"
(Click OK, OK)

White tray icons will now appear when playing a video.
Play a video and right-click on a white tray icon to find one which shows "subtitles"
Under "Subtitles", select "S: pgs"

PGS subtitles should now show.

Review by PeterDuke on Jan 3, 2022 Version: 1.9.18 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10

Rating by Mark on Dec 8, 2021 Version: 1.9.17 OS: Windows 11 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

This is NOT a review, but it's an answer to the 'review' of Q. The user had issues while installing MPC-HC on a Win XP machine. It's written clearly that this fork of MPC-HC (by clsid) is obviously NOT compatible with Win XP, as is the majority of modern video players. There are so many limits for multimedia purpose in Win XP that it's not trivial to maintain the compatibility with a so ancient operating system. You must use MPC-HC version 1.7.16 for Win XP machines. Here's the official link:
So, an advice for You: please read carefully all the infos related to a video or audio player before writing on a so popular website as VideoHelp.

Review by Ziggy1978 on Nov 6, 2021 Version: 1.9.16 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

Latest version which is XP compatible is v1.7.13.
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Review by Brazil on Oct 30, 2021 Version: 1.9.16 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

Software did not install. Installer states "This program does not support the version of Windows your computer is running.". The VideoHelp description page does not indicate any limitation other than Windows architecture for the software.

The operating system I tested on is Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3.

Review by Q on Oct 29, 2021 Version: 1.9.16 x86 OS: WinXP Ease of use: -/10 Functionality: -/10 Value for money: -/10 Overall: 5/10

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