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Media Player Classic looks just like Windows Media Player 6.4, but has many additional features. It has a built in DVD player with real-time zoom, support for AVI subtitles, QuickTime and RealVideo support (requires QuickTime and/or Real Player), built-in MPEG2/SVCD/DVD codec. No longer developed so use instead MPC-HC or MPC-BE.

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6.4.9.1 (February 14, 2010)



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Complete Version history / Release notes / Changelog


*106 Fixed wrong comment for Delay setting in DirectVobSub.
*105 Updated file formats list
*104 Updated copyright year
*103 libpng to version 1.2.37
*102 VSFilter: blacklisted Google Desktop(v2.39.5.2)
*101 VSFilter: change registry key name of Style to Style2 to prevent issues with old versions
*100 FLV Splitter: fix support for NELLYMOSER_8HZ_MONO
*99 Better match standard DirectShow behavior for selecting the source filter.
*98 Updated libpng to version 1.2.35
*97 Minor changes
*96 Updated libfaad to version 2.7
*95 Bump VSFilter version number and copyright year.(v2.39.5.1)
*94 Fixes to VFR support in Avisynth TextSub function, thanks to Conan Tantei.
*93 Have VSFilter.dll report a sane version number in the VERSIONINFO resource, instead of the useless numbers telling nothing about the actual version numbers everyone else uses (including the DShow filter's own About property page.)(v2.39.5.0)
*92 Add VFR capability to the Avisynth 2.5 VSFilter TextSub() and MaskSub() functions.
Also make both TextSub() and MaskSub() take named parameters instead of only positional ones.
*91 Updated libpng to version 1.2.34
*90 Matroska splitter: Theora support
*89 MP4 splitter: AC3 support
MP4 splitter: small bugfix
Matroska splitter: E-AC3 support
*88 Ogg splitter: Theora support
*87 Fixed buffer overrun in RealText subtitle parser (Released)


##### 2008-12-10 (SVN revision 89) #####

* MP4 splitter: AC3 support
* MP4 splitter: small bugfix
* Matroska splitter: E-AC3 support
* Ogg splitter: Theora support
* VSFilter: Fixed buffer overrun in RealText subtitle parser


##### 2008-11-15 (SVN revision 86) #####

* FLV splitter: Added support for FLV files that contain H.264 video and AAC audio
* FLV splitter: fixed seeking on files with incorrect metadata
* MPC: some minor changes


##### 2008-10-05 (SVN revision 82) #####

* MPC: Save image/thumbnails now also supports PNG
* MPC: Updated libpng to 1.2.32
* MPC: Fixed playlist shuffle functionality
* MPC: some minor changes


##### 2008-07-28 (SVN revision 72) #####

* MPEG Audio Decoder: Updated liba52
* MPEG Audio Decoder: Updated libdts
* VSFilter: Added RealText support
* VSFilter: Fix rare seeking issue with VobSubs
* VSFilter: Fix potential jitter issues with pos overrides in VSFilter.
* VSFilter: Really fix two subtitle rasterisation bugs: Go back to old pixmix/pixmix2 architecture originally used in Subtitler and early versions of VSFilter, implement an SSE2 version of pixmix2 and ensure (widened-region minus fill) math doesn't underflow. Completely fixes "be1 stray dots" and "vector clip kills alpha" bugs.
Also add several comments explaining the rasterisation code.
* VSFilter: Add support for variable strength and animated be, and implement gaussian blur as an alternative. (blur also does edge blur like be but in a nicer way.)
* VSFilter: Add new override tags xbord ybord xshad yshad to control border and shadow size separately in X and Y directions.
* VSFilter: Add "inverse clip" tag iclip to specify what to hide rather than what to show.
* VSFilter: Partial workaround for problem where border colour shows through fill colour during fad and fade fades. This workaround potentially causes small seams to be visible during the fade, unfortunately this is the price to pay for getting correct fades.


##### 2008-07-26 (SVN revision 66) #####

* VSFilter: Added RealText support
* VSFilter: Fix rare seeking issue with VobSubs
* VSFilter: Fix potential jitter issues with pos overrides in VSFilter.
* VSFilter: Really fix two subtitle rasterisation bugs: Go back to old pixmix/pixmix2 architecture originally used in Subtitler and early versions of VSFilter, implement an SSE2 version of pixmix2 and ensure (widened-region minus fill) math doesn't underflow. Completely fixes "be1 stray dots" and "vector clip kills alpha" bugs.
Also add several comments explaining the rasterisation code.
* VSFilter: Add support for variable strength and animated be, and implement gaussian blur as an alternative. (blur also does edge blur like be but in a nicer way.)
* VSFilter: Add new override tags xbord ybord xshad yshad to control border and shadow size separately in X and Y directions.
* VSFilter: Add "inverse clip" tag iclip to specify what to hide rather than what to show.
* VSFilter: Partial workaround for problem where border colour shows through fill colour during fad and fade fades. This workaround potentially causes small seams to be visible during the fade, unfortunately this is the price to pay for getting correct fades.


##### 2008-06-12 (SVN revision 55) #####

* MPC: Added revision number to About dialog.
* MPC: Updated libpng


##### 2008-04-14 (SVN revision 49) #####

* MPC: Added some key bindings.
* MPC: Added option to disable the automatic blocking of VSFilter when "Auto-load subtitles" is enabled and the internal subtitle filter is used. Disabling this block allows users to view two different subtitle languages at the same time (if they want to). The option is called "BlockVSFilter" and currently requires manual editing of the registry/ini, since it is not (yet) available in the GUI.


##### 2008-03-08 (SVN revision 44) #####

* MPC: Added subtitle delay function for the internal subtitle renderer. It can be controlled with the F1 (decrease delay) and F2 (increase delay) buttons. The default delay interval is 500ms, but can be changed in the options. Patch by MatMaul.
* MPC: Automatically block DirectVobSub filter (VSFilter) when the internal subtitle renderer will be used.
* MPC: (SubResync) Save to .srt subtitle fix concerning italics
* MPC: YUV mixing option is now hidden on Vista (because it does not work on Vista).
* MPC: Added CSS classes in WebInterface.
* MPC: Fixed buffer overrun in VobSub code.
* MPC: Show proper error message when trying to use the "Save Image" function together with Overlay Mixer renderer.

##### 2008-01-27 (SVN revision 36) #####

* FLV splitter: bugfix

##### 2008-01-20 (SVN revision 34) #####

* MPC: Solved a problem with the pixel shader resizer
* MPC: The internal FLV4 video decoder will now only be used in low merit mode.
* MPC: Fixed isdb url.
* FLV splitter: Fixed crash on some files.


##### 2008-01-04 (SVN revision 29) #####

* MPC: The INITIAL value of the setting "Auto-load subtitles" will now default to OFF when DirectVobSub is detected as installed and to ON when DirectVobSub is not found.
* MPC: Restored the subtitle database functionality and updated it with a working URL.
* MPC: Various small changes.


##### 2007-12-06 (SVN revision 26) #####

* FLV splitter: Recognize ADPCM audio.
* FLV splitter: Recognize Nellymoser audio.
* MPC: Tweaked priorities in DirectShow source filter enumeration. Behavior now better matches that of GraphEdit.
* MPC: Remember active shaders.
* MPC: Added two sharpen shaders.

##### 2007-10-15 (SVN revision 18) #####

* AVI splitter: Support .amv files.
* MPC: Default to VMR9 renderer on Vista.
* MPC: Fixed crash in "Save Thumbnails" function when the number of rows/columns is set to a value greater than 8 (the maximum allowed).
* MPC: Allow usage of a disabled internal source filter when no other suitable filter is available.
* Updated FAAD2 to version 2.6

##### 2007-09-18 (SVN revision 3) #####

Updated libs:

* Bento4 0.9.3
* faad2 2.6b
* dtsdec 0.0.2
* libmad 0.15.1b
* libpng 1.2.20
* zlib 1.2.3

Patches:

* MPEG decoder: progressive frames fix
* MPEG decoder: dsutil interlaced fix v2
* MPEG splitter: recognize AVCHD ac3 audio
* MPEG splitter: subpin bugfix
* dtsac3 source: support DD+
* VSFilter: clipbug v3 patch
* VSFilter: fax fay v2 patch
* VSFilter: fontname length patch
* VSFilter: floatpos patch
* FLV splitter: parsing fixes
* AVI splitter: fixed two vulnerabilities
* FLIC source: fixed vulnerability
* MPC: ffdshow queue support (1015/1222)
* MPC: removed subtitle database stuff
* MPC: Disable monitor powersaving during playback on Windows Vista
* MPC: auto-load subtitles option now also applies to embedded subs
* MPC: added the following extensions to formats list: .divx .hdmov .rmm
* MPC: added two shaders: Levels (16-235 -> 0-255) and nightvision effect
* MPC: changed the default values of some settings
* MPC: Better looking icon
* Incremented a few version numbers


Release Name: MPC-HC v1.0.11.0 / 32 bits

Changes:
NEW: Command Line Option "/dubdelay" applies a positive or negative audio delay of ???ms, if filename contains "DELAY ???ms" (internal Audio Switcher required)
NEW: Russian, Turkish, Czech, Spanish and Hungarian translations
NEW: Internal AVI splitter support AMV files (need an ffdshow update to decode)
CHANGED: Filetype association. MPC is now recognized as a registered media player application. Filetype registration now compatible with UAC. (Vista)
CHANGED: Matroska internal subtitles are not loaded if "auto-load subtitles" option is off
CHANGED: Allow DirectShow to use a disabled internal source and transform filters when no other suitable filter is available
FIXED: Subtitle popup menu not working in French
FIXED: Remember file position option not working properly in playlist mode
FIXED: Crash when opening "Navigation" menu while playing dvd (German locale only)
FIXED: Memory leak with window resize
FIXED: Many GUI related things
FIXED: Crash when opening zero byte length MP3 files
FIXED: Crash when using "Save thumbnails" with number of row or column greater than 8 (now internally limited to 8)


Media Player Classic Home Cinema
# v1.0.10.0 - 15/09/2007

* New features :
o Command Line Option "/d3dfs" to start MPC in D3D fullscreen mode
o Logitech lcd support (e.g. G15 keyboard)
o Build for X64 plateforms (see detail above)
o Multilangual support : english, french and german. Need to download language pack and put Dll in MPC folder. If you want to translate in another language you can send me a private mail here
* Changes :
o Latests Clsid patches (Bento4 0.9.3, faad2 2.6b, dtsdec 0.0.2, libmad 0.15.1b, libpng 1.2.18, zlib 1.2.3, mpeg decoder: progressive frames fix, mpeg decoder: dsutil interlaced fix v2)
o libpng 1.2.20
o Remember File and DVD position works only when "Keep history" is active (preserve privacy issue)
o Kick off Screen Saver from Power Options only while video is playing (Vista)
o DirectX SDK updated to August 2007 (v35)
* Bugs fixed :
o Wrong Aspect Ratio with EVR-Custom (definitely i hope :-)
o Internal Mpeg2 Decoder was not working with EVR and EVR-Custom
o Audio async problems with Blu-Ray/HD DVD DTS files [wrong AvgTimePerFrame calculation for DTS and AC3 (madshi)]
o OSD was not working when D3DX9_... dll was not present (random pixels shown in top of video)
o Mouse now working in DVD menu with EVR-Custom (Vista)
o FLV Splitter when video does not start with keyframe
o Vulnerability CAL-20070912-1 in AVI source filter (could potential execute arbitrary code with the user's privileges)
o Vulnerability in FLI internal source filter (referenced by Team 509)


Media Player Classic Home Cinema
# v1.0.9.0 - 14/07/2007

* New features :
o Exit Option in popup menu
* Changes :
o OSD improved with EVR-Custom
* Bugs fixed :
o EVR-Custom rendering thread stability
o EVR-Custom does not need mfplat.dll anymore (dll is installed with WMP11)
o Use same registry key like orginal Gabest Media Player Classic
o Freeze when playing audio only file with EVR-Custom
o Wrong Aspect Ratio with anamorphic video using EVR-custom
o When Video pause, frame stepping with EVR-Custom started video playback at normal speed
o Save thumbnail with EVR-Custom froze MPC
o FLV splitter did not read width and height out of metadata (thanks to Chobits for this fix)
o If more than one subtile text rows shown, the background ("Outline" color) vertically overlaped the other one


Media Player Classic Home Cinema
# v1.0.8.0 - 31/05/2007

* New features :
o Kick off Screen Saver from Power Options, only when MPC has focus (Vista)
* Changes :
* Bugs fixed :
o Jitter test was not displayed with some files
o Crash if statistics should be displayed, when d3dx9_29.dll was not present
o Possible crash when closing file, while OSD was displayed
o DVD menu freeze with EVR-Custom and nVidia Pure Video decoder (Windows XP)
o Mouse-click to play not working at the bottom of video
o MKV internal subtitles were not displayed from time to time
o Video disapeared when moving MPC to other screen with EVR-Custom presenter on dual display


Media Player Classic Home Cinema
# v1.0.7.0 - 27/05/2007

* New features :
o "EVR-Custom presenter" mode added as output renderer. In this mode EVR supports internal MPC subtitles, D3D fullscreen, tearing test and Pixels Shaders
o Statistics option currently displays the jitter curve (Ctrl + J to activate) for VMR9 renderless and EVR-Custom presenter
* Changes :
o Output property page, options now disabled when not supported by selected renderer
* Bugs fixed :
o Mouse cursor invisible in Fullscreen mode
o Mouse-click to play was not working with some renderers
o A one pixel width rectangle was not displayed around the video window (refresh problem)
o Crash when switching from VMR9 renderless to VRM7 renderless (Vista)


Media Player Classic Home Cinema
# v1.0.6.0 - 07/05/2007

* New features :
o VP62 codec internal filter re-activated
o Mpeg4 splitter internal filter re-activated
* Changes :
o Drevil_xxl patches included (VP62 codec internal filter, Mpeg4 splitter internal filter)
* Bugs fixed :
o Window "flashing" during resize, after video loaded


Media Player Classic Home Cinema
# v1.0.5.0 - 05/05/2007

* New features :
o MPC now Vista ready, Enhanced Video Renderer (EVR) with OSD support added
o Shuttle PN31 Remote Control support
o Subtitle synchronization with keyboard shortcuts or remote control
* Changes :
* Bugs fixed :
o Fixed bug on internal filter property page


Media Player Classic Home Cinema
# v1.0.4.0 - 09/05/2006

* New features :
o Remaining time displayed (Ctrl + I or "Remaining_Time" with WinLIRC)
o OSD Fast forward / rewind speed display
* Changes :
o OSD inprovement
o OSD FF/Rew for DVD playback: slow forward replace by rewind, no more predefined speed limits (will now depands on Mpeg2 decoder capabilities).
* Bugs fixed :
o Taskbar Display bug in D3D Fullscreen mode
o Mouse cursor invisible in D3D Fullscreen mode


Media Player Classic Home Cinema
# v1.0.3.0 - 02/05/2006

* New features :
o YUV mixer mode for VMR9
o OSD for VMR9 ouput for languages selection
o "DVD Menu Activate" can also be used to start playback (useful when using remote control via WinLIRC)
* Changes :
* Bugs fixed :
o Aspect Ratio bug in D3D Fullscreen mode


Media Player Classic Home Cinema
# v1.0.2.0 - 23/04/2006

* New features :
o D3D fullscreen mode improved
* Bugs fixed :
o VMR9 Color control bug


Media Player Classic Home Cinema
# v1.0.1.0 - 09/04/2006

* New features :
o DVD open dialog now allows to select source folder or drive
o Possibility to save video position for the last 5 DVDs and/or files to resume playback at this position when MPC is restarted
o Shortcut to inhibit Pixel Shaders (Ctrl + P). Only additional Pixel Shaders effects are concerned (always used if resize active)


Media Player Classic Home Cinema
# v1.0.0.0 - 29/03/2006

* New features :
o Color control option for VMR renderer
o Automaticly reload Pixel Shaders on startup
o Tearing test function (Ctrl+T): displays 2 moving bars (useful to also show judder)


Release Name: MPC 6.4.9.0
Notes:
Nothing new really, just a couple of more bugs were fixed.


Release Name: MPC 6.4.8.8
Changes:
v2 update (2006-03-05)
- matroska splitter fixed
Notes:
Changes:
- two pass bicubic shader, bilinear more optimized
- dropped subtitles are loaded instead of opening them as a media file
- thumbnail image generator
- dsm demuxer can output individual streams into files (context menu -> demux...), the raw data is corrected if possible, like subtitles are output to srt/ssa/vobsub, frame header added to aac, wave header to pcm, etc.
- better support for quicktime files by the mp4 splitter, more track types are recognized and also reads zlib compressed headers
- dvd navigator's software dvd region check is disabled
using the detours lib, there is still a hw region
check built in the firmware of the drives, unless it
was flushed with a region free firmware it will still
not work and may cause strange problems like freezing
the player
- the mpeg ts splitter can repack h264 streams in
"mp4 style" packets for decoders so they won't crash
(ffdshow, coreavc)
- "next aspect ratio preset" command
- yv12/i420 is no longer a disallowed format when
using "vmr9 (renderless)" as the renderer, holding
the ctrl key when loading a file will still disable
it, the current display drivers should not have that
color conversion bug anymore but just in case...
- vmr9 (renderless) mixer mode available, it allows
deinterlacing and other vmr9 features, off by default
because it is slightly slower
- Haali's video renderer can be directly selected in
the options (subtitling works, shaders don't)
- mpeg decoder sse2 optimizations (most noticable at
hdtv resolution), optional interlaced output, new
"field shifter" deinterlacing mode
- nero's "vobsub" inside mp4 supported
- clicking another window on a different monitor while
mpc is playing in fullscreen will not restore it to
normal size anymore, if another application grabs the
focus, its name and window title will be displayed on
the status bar of mpc
- graph builder of the filter graph manager was rewritten
(again), let's hope nothing is more broken than it was :)
- new built-in async reader for udf sources, currently
only works with the internal mpeg splitter because
others aren't prepared for constantly growing files,
use the following syntax as the file name:
udp://[<multicastgroupip>]:<port>/[<mediasubtypeguid>],
where "multicastgroupip" is optional and "mediasubtypeguid"
can be used to specify the subtype of the stream, for
example udp://:1234/{e06d8023-db46-11cf-b4d1-00805f6cbbea}
means transport stream, it will also work fine without
the subtype, just selecting the right splitter will take
a little longer
- the checked state of the "enable subtitles" menu item
is preserved, this means you can disable subtitling with
the vmrs now without having to turn it off for each newly
opened file
- floating toolbars are saved, next time mpc opens they
will appear floated and at the same position on the desktop
- normalizer/booster was moved to the audio switcher, to
avoid high spikes lowering the volume too much the
normalizer regains 5% per second now
- "quick open file" menu (similar to vlc's)
- options/filters section was redone a bit, the internal
filters have their own property pages, mpc won't be
controlling them directly anymore
- there is a changelog this time! :)

other fixes:
- random crash when seeking files with mp3 audio streams
and using the internal decoder
- compatibility with the oggds/vorbis decoder restored
(it is a bug in the ogm vorbis decoder btw)
- blank checklist elements in options (external filters
now, overrides before)
- run-time error when loading files with certain unicode
characters in the filename
- unicode id3 tags, byte order of le/be utf-16 tags was
mixed up
- repeated languages loading vobsub subtitles
- dvd angle switching (angle number was off by 1 for many
years lol ;)
- long delay when doing "seek to keyframe" with the avi
splitter
- fading dvd subpics (~ multiple entries in DCSQT)

bad news:
- resource ids were cleaned up and renumbered, the old command assignments are lost, sorry.


Release Name: MPC 6.4.8.7
no changelog yet


Release Name: MPC 6.4.8.6

Notes:
d3dx9_27.dll is a separate download now because it is longer needed to run mpc, however to use pixel shaders it has to be put in the dll path.


Release Name: MPC 6.4.8.5
No changelog yet


Release Name: MPC 6.4.8.4
Notes:
Changes:
- remembering playlist items can be turned off in the context menu
- fixed shaders randomly disappearing from the menu
- aspect ratio presets at view/video frame/override aspect ratio (default, 4:3, 5:4, 16:9)
- ctrl held during resizing keeps the window tight around the video
capture mode:
- better compatibility with terratec cinergy and other cards which output audio themselves
- the television standard can be set indirectly by the country code at the open device dialog (there is no other way in directshow...)
- a deinterlacer filter is loaded when the height is larger than 288 lines, only for previewing (the following color formats are supported: yuy2/uyvy/yv12/i420/iyuv)
- if there is only one video format offered by the video capture pin (320x240 for example) then mpc adds several other standard resolutions to the combo box
vmr9 renderless: (changes by Haali)
- bilinear + bicubic resizers, using pixel shader 2.0 (3d mode only)
- speed issues on secondary display may be fixed now (the file has to be opened there)
webserver:
- fixed the bug of serving external files from certain paths
- cgi support (tested with php only)
- default page can be set (index.html, etc.)


Release Name: MPC 6.4.8.3
Notes:
Changes:
A long time has passed since the last release. There are many changes I cannot remember, but here are most of them:
- The tray icon mode bahaviour has been changed a bit. Like it or not, now there is a taskbar button when the main window is not minimized. This change was needed to make mpc appear in taskman and the alt+tab window, and because the taskbar button was not always activating together with the window (bug in windows I guess).
- The playlist remembers its items after closing and relaunching the player.
- In capture mode, presets can be added to the playlist just like files and saved into a new playlist file format created for this purpose in the first place (.mpcpl).
- Image saving to the root directory fixed.
- A few "after playback" actions (close, shutdown). It can be found under the Play menu.
- Pixel shader effects and a little editor with basic autocomplete abilities. Requirements: dx9 renderless output mode + textured 3d blending + video card with pixel shader support (v2.0+ prefered). Besides the fun it can be used as a little sandbox to experiment with shaders in real-time. The code you write gets compiled on-the-fly and applied onto the video. Disassembled code and other compiler messages can be viewed in the output window. Even if you can't program in any language, there are a few samples to get you started.
- Left alt + numpad keys can rotate the picture with certain renderers (see the Output page in the options). Useful when you need to mirror the picture for some reason, or to correct the perspectivity a bit.
- Edge-transparency bug of the subtitle renderer fixed. It occured when more shapes were painted on top of eachother.
- New capture format: dsm, in addition to the already existing avi, ogm (needs external muxer) and matroska formats.
- Online subtitle database. The player can upload, search and download subtitles for recognized movie files in a semi-automatic way. The website was designed to run at different places at the same time, accessing a common database. If you want you can host a mirror yourself, just contact me about it.
- Internal webserver can also serve external files now (please don't forget to contribute nice pages :). To extract the pages for the first time, go to the options of the webserver and use the Deploy... button. There is also a new player interface page (an MPC look-a-like!) with cool javascript supported features to update everything in real-time without reloading the page, you should arm yourself with the latest browsers though. Be warned, what you can see, others can see too! :) To prevent that, there is a checkbox to allow localhost connections only.
- Internal source filters can reopen files seemlesly when their file handle becomes invalid (wifi...). This has annoyed me for a long time, you'll be pleased if you experience similar problems :) The read-ahead buffer was also increased from 1 to 5 megabytes.
- Real's API changed the volume level behind MPC's back, but now it is trapped and eliminated using the detours lib (2k/xp only).
Misc changes to the main menu:
File:
- properties/details: A short summary about the currently used codecs. The details depend on how well the source filter can fill in the mediatype structure. Don't be surprised if there is not bitrate or frame-rate, it's normal.
- properties/resources: Viewer tab for embeded files inside mkv or dsm. This page is only visible when there is something to view. Save As... button can save the files onto the hard disk, while double clicking opens them in the default browser served using MPC's webserver, when enabled of course.
- utils/dsm muxer: With this you can remultiplex your favorite files/streams into dsm. It has a clean and simple interface, conversion should be easy for anyone. Just be sure to try the right mouse button everywhere to find the available options, the context menu is different for different tree item types. Tagging, chapters, attached files and of course video/audio/subtitle streams can be saved into dsm.
Options:
- output: There is "lock back-buffer before..." checkbox to fix VMR9's vsync problems. Though it might not work for everyone, or with every video card.
- subtitles: "round up to power of two". In the past this option was always on, now it can be turned off to save a little video memory bandwith at higher resolutions. Older video cards don't support it, or have problems texturing the 32bpp subpictures on 16bpp desktop.
- subtitles/def.style: "position subtitles relative to the video frame". You will notice that this checkbox have three states. It is undefined for every custom style, therefore the value you set here for the default style gets inherited by them.
Filters:
- New mp3/aac source filter. Handles vbr files much better than the mpeg-i splitter of dshow. Another improvement is how the duration becomes more accurate as more samples are played. This filter is also more error resistant to corrupted id3 tags.
- Dirac decoder was upgraded to use the 0.5.0 lib.
- Mpeg splitter can seek discontinous streams much more reliably now. It just falls back to "seek by bitrate" mode when it detects something wrong in the continuity of the timestamps. Also, it is now able to play streamed mpeg over http (for example vlc's output).
- Latest DSM splitter and muxer included.
- New decoder for ps2's mpeg audio formats: pcm, adpcm (mostly found in .pss files). Please note that such files can't be seeked by design. If you try the sound will simply mute. It's because the data can be decoded only by starting from the beginning of the file.
- Matroska splitter can seek newer mkv files and display their duration.


v6.4.8.3 CVS unofficial
Media Player Classic 6.4.8.3 CVS (unofficial), was compiled by celtic_druid.
- Better support for VBR MP3 Audio (NOTE: MPEG Audio filter(s) and/or AVI Splitter might be buggy: - Disable this/those internal filter(s) if you have problems)
- DVD/OGM Audio Channel new AC3 decoder option (?)
- MKV muxed with mkvmerge 0.9.5 is now seekable
- Online subtitle database, which is somewhat like CDDB/FreeDB
- Custom fullscreen resolutions
- Fancy shaders (DirectX 9)
- Lock back-buffer before presenting (may fix broken vertical sync)
- After Playback Options (close or shutdown)
- New style filters menu
- Dirac (.drc) support


v6.4.8.2
AAC decoder: mono sources fixed
MPEG splitter: reads PVA streams, also fixed choppyness with some mpegs

v6.4.8.1
mpeg video decoder: sse2 optimized motion compensation and deinterlacing
mpeg splitter: 192 byte/packet ts files are supported, confuses mpeg and aac audio streams less likely, the duration reported for joined mpegs became more accurate (but the result of seeking such files is undefined ;).
ogm sync problem fixed
more tweaking of the core of all splitters

v6.4.8.0
Mpeg video decoder: implemented frame-dropping (b-frames only) when running late and added a new sse2 idct (intel's code, AP-945), now high-definition clips should keep the sync at least :)
Mpeg splitter: plays discontinuous/joint files to the end but seeking still broken with those, also recognizes aac streams and misdetects others as lpcm less frequently
New aac decoder based on libfaad, coreaac didn't handle mpeg's aac very well for some reason (he-aac, stereo downmixing supported)
Volume normalizer can be "boosted" a bit in case you find the level still low, look for the slider next to the normalize checkbox
Added a /nofocus command line switch. Guess what it does! Through the web interface browse.html also accepts a focus=no GET parameter with the same effect
More fine tuning of the internal splitters' packet buffering.
Fixed the "higher than normal" priority option, it was not applied after reopening the player.
New option to launch files in fullscreen (checkbox at options/player)
7th internal logo by Steve Smith (looks very nice), if you made any in the past contact me again and I'll add your name to the logo chooser page, next to your logo. For now with the exception of the new one, only an "Author unknown" text will be displayed there because I can't remember which one came from who
Fixed the file browser not displaying anything on cd drives under xp, when the recording feature of the operating system is enabled
Almost 200KB increase in file size! No, it's not (just) the logo (~50k compressed), but libfaad was also huge :)
For those who can recompile the sources: running filters.bat is no longer needed. After adding the lib of the new aac decoder onto the list VC couldn't link it anymore (it crashed...), so I had to add each lib separately to the additional dependecies of mpc to overcome this problem.

v6.4.7.9
New internal mpeg splitter: It can read program/transport/elementary streams, demuxes mpeg1/mpeg2 video, ac3/dts/mpeg/lpcm audio, cvd/scvd/dvd subtitles. You can switch streams through the filter menu (play/filters/...) similar to the original ogm splitter. The subtitle stream is set to a default dummy entry (to prevent emails asking how to turn it off :), so it has to be changed to a real stream before you will see anything. Possible problems/bugs/annoyancies: seeking doesn't work very well with small files, and it may not be that resistant to stream errors always (time will tell I guess :)
The mpeg2 decoder was updated to accept and display cvd/svcd subtitles of course. Before you ask, there is no other known decoder for dshow doing this. None of the effects of svcd subs are supported at the moment, I don't have the specs on them and have no test files either.
Updated libdts to 0.0.2 (decodes high frequency extensions)
More mime types recognized and follows http redirections.
The .ra file extension (usually used by the audio-only format and what the rm splitter still cannot handle) is now a directshow type, however mpc will switch to realmedia mode when it detects it to be the audio-only format. The same fallback is done when detecting quicktime or shockwavefile header opened over http.
Improved buffering in all internal splitters. The lower limit is 100 samples or 100k per stream, the upper limit is 10000/1MB for all streams together, but when the lower limit is not met for one stream the others are allowed to read more than the upper limit to unblock. You can check the actual status in mpc's status window, it's going to be in the last row, and the number between [..] will mean the pin number.
Added the jpeg output format for "Save image...". Also, removed the shell call preventing mpc to start up on win9x without IE4 (but it will still check the registry for this folder :p)

v6.4.7.8
- shortcuts for saving snapsots and autonaming
- dts decoder (libdts 0.0.1)
- runtime error opening subtitles from some cds fixed

v6.4.7.7
- opening http urls fixed.
- file / save image... implemented (finally :).
- dx7/dx9 qt renderer fixed for 16bpp desktops.
- when using the /cd switch the current drive is checked first, where the player was launched from.
- the initial output buffer of the internal audio decoder was made a bit larger, means it may still work when there is such filter connected downstream which won't let the buffer size increased dynamically when needed.

v6.4.7.6
- mpeg2 decoder handles resolution changes better (horizontal-only was broken)
- added a sound level normalizer to the mpeg/lpcm/ac3 audio decoders, and also fixed the "echoing noise effect" of the mp3 decoder when encountering corrupted frames
- updated the web interface with chobits' new code and gifs
- local realmedia files are now opened through directshow by default (the he-aac bugfix of rm splitter 1009 is also there of course)
- removed smacker/bink support, it was requested by radgametools, so don't ask me to readd them unless you have 8000$ for the two sdk licenses.
- fixed forgetting of the audio balance setting
- experimental splitter for nut (only for video streams and no seeking yet), contact me if you have test files or know how to make them, the last win32 release of ffmpeg does not produce very good nut files
- new command to enable/disable subtitles

v6.4.7.5
- the internal realmedia (v1008) and matroska (v1021) splitters updated to their current latest versions (see their release notes for more).

v6.4.7.4
- Integrated ac3 decoder based on liba52, mainly for dvds with different audio compression types, now it is possible to play lpcm/mpeg/ac3 audio tracks with the same filter (dts will be sent to spdif). To still use ac3filter.ax or any other external decoder you must uncheck the internal at options/filters.
- Web interface: new page to control playback, gzip compression, debug info disabled by default.
- Mpeg decoder: added the bob deinterlacing method.
- qt dx7/dx9 renderer showed only the left quarter of picture.
- the checkbox of the dts passthrough to spdif filter was linked to the ac3 filter's in the options.

v6.4.7.3
- avi splitter: new "badly interleaved file" reporting dialog (hold shift to force showing it up)
- ogm splitter: fixed a crash caused by a nonstandard header.
- audio switcher + dsound renderer + spdif bug fixed.
- "always on top" options was splitted into 1. always, 2. while playing selections.
- web interface got a new file browser/opener page and the generated pages were moved into the resources. (note: the 9xme build will be able to handle only ascii file names)
- fixed a deadlock with the "rewind" option being unchecked

v6.4.7.1
- matrixmixer is allowed to autoload after the internal audio switcher.
- corrected ogg splitter's output media type for aac, wma and other compression types, which needed a few extra bytes put after the format structure, seeking onto keyframes and stream error handling were also improved.
- fixed the picture becoming black with the "vmr9 (renderless)" when zooming in with the numpad buttons and using offscreen video surface or texture+2d modes (texture+3d mode was not affected).

v6.4.7.0
- found and fixed one more case when the avi splitter could fail to overcome a bad stream.
- improved seeking time of the ogg splitter by reading less data until the right file position is found (most noticable through <= 10Mbit networks :), the codec identifier of mp3 and of probably other formats are correctly recognized now, and also added the vorbis2 media type for the corevorbis decoder.
- got one sample .bik where the height of the picture was an odd value, which was invalid in the yv12 color space and could produce coloring problems, it was solved by making the height even.

v6.4.6.9
- broken avi opener and reindexer working again.
- roq decoders enabled finally :)
- fixed autorunning (s)vcd (mplayerc.exe ?: translates to ?:*avseq*.dat automatically)
- new built-in ogg splitter (may not be that stable in the first release, but it integrates better with mpc than the original :)

v6.4.6.7
Just a minor fix for today, the Smacker decoder interface had a small bug which made mpc crash with certain video renderers and colorspaces.

v6.4.6.6
The "VMR7/9 (renderless)" output can be configured to use textures and 3d rendering, this way you can avoid the "point-sampling" bug of StretchRect. Because there is this new rendering mode now, the old 2d mode won't crop the upper left side anymore to force bilinear filtering. So, if you find the image pixelated, try the 3d mode instead.
Subresync toolbar can delete entries from vobsub files without crashing! (why noone noticed this? :P) Finally, this makes cutting idx/sub in mpc possible!
In dvd mode when a menu is running, the auto-hideing controls will only reappear if you move the mouse cursor at the very bottom of the screen. This helps activating buttons in that region a bit :)
Two new renderers: null (any) and null (uncompressed). They weren't too hard to make ;), but they can be useful for example if you want to save cpu cycles by turning of the video when you only want to hear the audio. "any" will connect to any media type which can be recognized as video or audio, "uncompressed" also checks for the common rgb/yuv (video), pcm/ieee (audio) types and only connects on them.
I read the bugreport about the crashing of the player when network connection get broken or the cd gets ejected. It happened because of an unhandled exception I forgot to catch. Now it won't crash at that same place for sure, but it might later somehwhere, I haven't had time to test it completely.
Just came across a strange dvd this week where the "fbi warning" clip at the beginning was playing a "little" skippy. This was the first mpeg2 stream libmpeg2 was decompressing into two picture descriptors per frame, both had one field only. Because I had no idea about what to do with the second one or how to handle it, the dshow decoder only summed up the time length of the first picture (time per frame * number of fields / 2). Basically this means every frame lasted half long and the image was slowly falling behind then catching up continuously.
Speeded up built-in avi splitter's interleaving verifier a bit (this pops up that new error dialog occasionally telling you sequential playback is not possible). The scanning time for a regular 700MB avi decreased from 200ms to 50ms on my cpu.
After desktop resolution switches the alternative renderers will recover much better now.
Lastly, the biggest news at the end, hoping noone will notice it (hehe): Smacker/Bink playback support (shh, don't tell anyone), now you can view old and new game movies in mpc! Of course there is no decoder inside (it would cost a fortune for me), so smackw32.dll/binkw32.dll has to be put next to mplayerc.exe to make it work. The larger the dll the higher the chance it will be able to open recent smk/bik files (hint: up-to-date smackw32.dll: ~150k, binkw32.dll: ~360k). The just released halo (pc) game has the newest dll I could find for bink at the moment, but there are many others to test on p2p networks like edonkey. A newer smackw32.dll is a little harder to find for v4 smacker files (which the current "rad video tools" will produce) if you are browsing your old game collection, but I could find a usable dll with emule just as easy. Also, mpc will even open videos from self-playing exes, but only the first one. If there are many packed into one exe, or if the container file is a large, merged data file of a game, then get a hex editor (e.g. hex workshop) and extract the videos one-by-one (it was fun to rewatch a few ff8 videos this way, they were still amazing :). Smacker usually starts with SMKn (n: 1-4), while Bink starts with BIKh or BIKi and the second DWORD (4 bytes) equals to the total length - 8. Sadly, Smacker doesn't seem to have a length field :(, for that you have to search the next SMK.. header, or extract it until the end of the file. Another bad thing about Smacker and Bink: they rarely have keyframes, very-very rare. For this reason Smacker will show messed up picture after a seek, but Bink will correctly decompress every previous since the last keyframe, which of course will go painfully slow for a large file (just try it on that 100MB+ half-life 2 video :).

v6.4.6.5
just a couple of quick fixes after 6464:
- mpeg2 decoder: dvds at 704x... didn't work very well with
the overlay mixer (skewed rows) and the vmr9 in windowed mode (blank pic).
- mpeg audio decoder: the new resyncing code was making strange noises or silence for seconds...

Also, the mpeg-2 demuxer of winxp is enabled again, but only when it can really seek. If it can't, the mpeg-2 splitter is loaded as usual. The demuxer has a big advantage over the splitter: it can seek in (s)vcds much faster (when it can :).

v6.4.6.4
filters:
- avi splitter: jumps over bad parts, lets the old splitter load for non-interleaved files.
- mpeg video decoder: fixes around dvd menu and subpic timing.
- shoutcast filter: now it reads the right bits for the channel count...
- mpeg audio decorer: won't crash with mp3 inside matroska.
- mpeg video decoder: added one emms instruction after a libmpeg2 call and now the floating point regs are ok, mainly this means that dvobsub will not be confused about the current stream time.

player:
- numpad +/- adjusts audio offset when the audio switcher is loaded.
- cleared up a few things around video frame positioning, it should be more accurate now.

v6.4.6.3
- rm's own renderer shows the video again.
- new filter: mpeg audio decoder, for all versions/layers, based on libmad.
- the mpeg video decoder should play smoother now when being connected to the overlay mixer.

v6.4.6.1
This release is mainly for fixing the problems of the new mpeg decoder.
- it is no longer "mmx-only", it can detect and use the optimal cpu specific functions.
- will extract the aspect ratio from the sequence header and not from the connection media type because some alternative splitters seem to forget about setting it (mainconcept...).
- removed a few gliches from around the dvd menu navigation.
- there is a new property page in the options for adjusting a few settings of the decoder (deinterlacing method, forced dvd subs on/off, brightness/contrast/hue/saturation).
- deinterlacing improved, most noticably for ntsc movies.
- coloring problems in rgb16 fixed.

v6.4.6.0
- built-in mpeg1/mpeg2 decoder (also for dvds)
- file open dialog will open all files from the current directory when the "open" button is pressed without choosing any file.
- new column for app command buttons at options/player/keys
- logo chooser

v6.4.5.9
- fixed two annoying bugs in the avi and matroska splitters
- avi splitter integrated and is favored over dshow's own, turn it off if you have problems with it (you shouldn't have much).
- lists ogm and matroska chapters under the "jump to" submenu.
- dx9 renderer for quicktime.
- styles of the currently active text subtitle stream are editable (useful if you want to change something for embeded subs).
- "properties" added to the right click menu.
- the built-in shoutcast filter will now automatically try to resync itself (for live streams), report if crashes too much.
- renewed logo, hope you'll get used to it :)

v6.4.5.8
- playlist no longer steals the focus after opening a new file

v6.4.5.7
- The latest realmedia filters was added onto the list of built-in filters, of course the splitter can be disabled in the options just like the others already.
- The opener api can be selected for each format categories in the options. The selections are dshow, real, qt, shockwave. This is usefull if you want to have a realmedia file or some old .mov loaded by the dshow filters instead of with thier native libraries.
- Recognizes the language codes set by the latest matroska splitter on the subtitle tracks.
- Added a workaround fix against a possible ~30 seconds lockup during the opening of a video when using the vmr7 renderless output.

v6.4.5.6
- updated matroska filters and the subtitle support for embeded matroska subtitles.
- fixed shoutcast reader, some sites refused the connection with the used "User-Agent" in the header.

v6.4.5.4
- matroska is now selecable as a capture output format.
- fixed loop/close/shutdown settings for playlists when "rewind" is checked in the options.

v6.4.5.3
- matroska splitter updated to 1.0.0.2
- built-in source filters can be enabled or disabled (so I don't have to release an updated version of MPC every time I change something :)

v6.4.5.2
- The playlist is no longer crashing after the "Randomize" command.
- Updated built-in matroska splitter to 1.0.0.1.

v6.4.5.1
- Disappearing tray icon fixed.
- Native matroska support.
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Review by Dreamer on Nov 2, 2018 Version: 6.4.9.1 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 5/10 Functionality: 3/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 3/10




MPC and MPC-HC are my favourite media players.
Using them about 6 years i think!

But this player may not be good for newbies, as sometimes some settings should be changed for proper playback!

(Yes i use other players too... at home MPC.)
(At work, college use VLC, KMP, GOM)


Review by kotuwa on May 26, 2012 Version: 6.4.9.1 OS: Other Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




This is exactly what I was looking for. I downloaded AVS, RealPlayer & Roxio before I found Media Player Classic. I highly recommend it.

Review by rshill5 on Jun 5, 2010 Version: 6.4.9.1 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




"Works better than mplayer2 but when you try and right click on a mpg and open with it cant find the file to play."

This is easy enough to fix.

- open Windows Explorer -> Tools -> Folder Options -> File Types.
- scroll down to MPG (or whatever file extension you want to open using MPC)
- click on Advanced -> New
- in the Acion field, enter: Media Player Classic
- in the Application... field, Browse to mplayerc.exe and select it
- add "%1" to the end, so that in the Application field, it reads like so:
"C:\Program Files\mplayer.exe" "%1"

The %1 represents the file you want to open (eg. movie.mpg), and the quotes around %1 is in case there are spaces in the path/filename (ie. to make it commandline-friendly).

When you right-click on an MPG file, it will now show "Media Player Classic" in the context menu.



"If only it was updated by the author."

You can use Media Player Classic Home Theatre, which is more or less a continuation of this project. MPC-HT is great. It even plays FLVs.


Review by obs on May 6, 2010 Version: 6.4.9.1 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10




Best video player - ever. Plays every sick and unknown video format. And can be configured to play anything else what can be played if necessary codec is provided. Gives you a lot of free time, because you won't ever need to get any other players.

Review by adijumi on Jun 6, 2009 Version: 1.2.991.0 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10


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