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Media Player Classic - Home Cinema

An extremely light-weight, open source media player for Windows

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Media Player Classic - Home Cinema (MPC-HC), a derivative of Media Player Classic, is a no-nonsense alternative to the Windows Media Player. MPC-HC isn’t flashy but it works with nearly any media format. So dig out your old AVIs along with your modern H.264 and VC-1 videos, you won’t be disappointed. As for high-definition content, MPC-HC uses DXVA technology to pass decoding operations to your modern video card, enhancing your viewing experience. And MPC-HC supports both physical and software DVDs with menus, chapter navigation, and subtitles.

Product at a Glance

MPC-HC does not require any special configuration, just download it and go. There are dozens of user-friendly options to choose like a wide range of A/V formats. And you can design a default format with LAV filters or other DirectShow decoders that are based on the FFmpeg decoder. With MPC-HC you have the options to select an aspect ratio that matches your playback device and personal preferences. For example, the Pan & Scan mode crops videos to fill the screen without letterboxing by omitting portions of the image, which may be appropriate on some devices. Advanced users may use MPC-HC to configure the output renderer for video playback.

Product Details

Here is a detailed breakdown of MPC-HC’s features:

  • Lightweight—MPC-HC allows you to watch movies on any SSE CPU, even on your old computer back from '01.
  • Customizable—With its wide array of options, MPC-HC toolbars can be customized to fit almost any needs.
  • All around player—MPC-HC can also be used as DVB player.
  • Supports dozens of formats—MPC-HC supports WAV, WMA, MP3, OGG, SND, AU, AIF, AIFC, AIFF, MIDI, MPEG, MPG, MP2, VOB, AC3, DTS, ASX, M3U, PLS, WAX, ASF, WM, WMA, WMV, AVI, CDA, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, D2V, MP4, SWF, MOV, QT, along with GPU assisted decoding.
  • Worldwide language support—MPC-HC has been translated into 33 languages.

Pros

Cons

MPC-HC requires no special configuration because it’s easy to use, and it supports DVDs with menus, chapter navigation, and subtitles. Even though MPC-HC is easy for most people to use, it would be nice to have some documentation or a forum for support to go deeper.

Quick Specs

  • Version: 1.7.6
  • File size: 10 MB
  • Date added: July 5, 2014
  • Operating systems: Windows XP and newer
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Media Player Classic - Home Cinema (MPC-HC) is a free and open source (OSS) video and audio player for Windows. MPC-HC is an extremely lightweight, it supports all common video and audio file formats available for playback. Based on the original Guliverkli project, MPC-HC contains a lot of additional features and bug fixes. Plus MPC-HC is 100% spyware free, there are no advertisements or toolbars.

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User Reviews

  • crash43
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    What a Fantastic Video player.........i love it and need to know how to be able to show the panel again.......that allows you to change the brightness hue contrast ect......Thanks

    Posted 09/17/2014
  • fantasticomid
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    The great best for play digital tv

    Posted 09/08/2014
  • ds24a3
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    I can't believe I have been using WMP12 for so long having this excellent player sitting wasted in my system. It may look outdated at first but it is an excellent and well designed player, Great Work and thanks for the developer!

    Posted 08/22/2014
  • aequilibriu
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    I use MPC-HC for about 5 years, its the best player I could ever find for videos. Its extremely light and easy to configure and use. It also supports a lot more media extensions if you install a codec pack (such as K-Lite Mega Codec Pack (speaking of which, it was how I knew MPC-HC existed by using the installation options)).

    Posted 08/19/2014
  • deprisonne
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    Media Player Classic works out of the box with most video formats (even mkv, flv and swf). The handling is oriented on common menu setups and keyboard-shortcuts, so anyone should be able to use it. It has options for advanced users with a home theater, but limits them to the ones which are actually useful (video, audio and subtitle rendering). I tested MPC as VLC got dizzy with some mkv-Videos (scrolling caused wrongly displayed flickering pixels or a green screen). So far I am impressed by the compatibility and ease of use.

    Posted 08/09/2014
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