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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.

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1.9.17 (November 9, 2021)


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Changes from 1.9.16 to 1.9.17:

Updated LAV Filters to version 0.75.1-10-g75744

Added support for System Media Transport Controls in Windows 8.1/10/11. This displays playback controls for the player when adjusting volume in Windows. You can enable this functionality through: Options > Advanced > UseSMTC
Some improvements to SaneAR Audio Renderer: It now automatically falls back to shared mode when exclusive mode is enabled but unsupported. Exclusive mode option no longer needs to be enabled for bitstreaming, instead it is used implicitly when bitstreaming.
Generating a thumbnail sheet is now faster. It now seeks to keyframes as much as possible.
Added an advanced option to disable automatic pause when locking the screen in Windows.
You can now use "off" as a value in the subtitle track preference setting. It may follow language codes that you do prefer to use. In that case it will disable subtitles only if no preceding language code has matched.
Some visual improvements to playlist numbering and title editing.
Some improvements for subtitle selection and language name display for the rare situation where a language does not have a LCID.
Some optimizations to the filter graph builder. This should speed up file loading in some situations.
The player now reloads the video file when resumed after hibernate or very long pause (> 30 min). This is done as a workaround for driver bugs. It will remember playback position and track selection.
DVB improvement: It now stores the symbol rate for scanned channels.
Added support for wildcards in filenames in M3U playlists.

Fixed subtitles being early by a few frames with VMR9 renderer.
Fixed a subtitle parsing issue for files that contained 4-byte UTF-8 characters (such as emojis). Those are handled properly now.
Fixed an issue with drag&drop of a folder onto the playlist window.
Several other small fixes

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Guides and How to's

Accelerate x.264 1080p movies over the GPU Guide

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Advanced MPC-HC Setup

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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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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: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10

Rating by on Sep 22, 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

When did someone pick up the ball & run with this program again? The last version I have is 1.8.7, that version is 6 years old.
It's good to see that the program has new life to it, for the last 5 years I've been using MPC-BE. It runs fine, the user interface is a little different, but I always preferred the LAV filters interface with HC over that of BE.

Is this new version capable of handling x264 10 bit HDR encoded video files?

Review by Tony on Sep 21, 2021 Version: 1.9.13 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10

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