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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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Latest version

1.9.23 (August 26, 2022)



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Software License

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Supported operating systems

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog / What's New


1.9.23

Changes from 1.9.21.2 to 1.9.22:
Updates:

Updated LAV Filters to version 0.76.1-25-g24efe
Changes/additions/improvements:

Some font related efficiency improvements for rendering the player menu
Thumbnail sheet now uses a dark background color if dark theme is enabled
Fixes:

Fixed an issue with manual rotation with EVR-CP for videos that already had automatic rotation
Fixed an issue with parsing background color tags in WebVTT subtitles
Fixed a regression with YDL preferred video format setting
Several other small 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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Acronyms / Also Known As

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



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Rating by longwin on Sep 13, 2022 Version: 1.9.23 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10




How long we will wait when play audio file can show OSD (like volume %) on it ?

Review by longwin on Sep 3, 2022 Version: 1.9.23 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: -/10 Functionality: -/10 Value for money: -/10 Overall: 5/10




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: https://mpc-hc.org/.
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


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