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MPC-HC: 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.

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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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Description

Media Player Classic Home Cinema (MPC-HC) is an extremely light-weight, open source media player for Windows®. Media Player Classic Home Cinema supports all common video and audio file formats available for playback. Based on the original Guliverkli project, Media Player Classic Home Cinema contains a lot of additional features and bug fixes. Plus Media Player Classic Home Cinema is 100% spyware free, there are no advertisements or toolbars.

We care about keeping an open project, open and free for contributions wherever they may come from.

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Features

  • Lightweight
  • Customizable
  • All around player
  • Supports dozens of formats
  • Multi-language support

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User Reviews

  • jornan
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Time and time again, I still come back to this. Its the only media player you need.

    Posted 06/27/2015
  • j7nj7n
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    A set of the latest free decoders in a standalone package. It is possible to use this player's built-in LAV Filters and another set of DirectShow codecs from other software simultaneously. (For example - MPC for hardware accelerated playback, and other players for drawing high quality software subtitles.) Good customization options for keyboard shortcuts, zoom and window size. I find it intuitive to go to full screen via Alt-enter and frequently use 100% scaling in full screen ("windowboxed" with black bars as opposed to playback in an actual window with distractions). I've set the VidFrm (normal, touch from inside, and 50% zoom) to another pair of keys. The program optionally stores all settings in an INI file, which allows me to transfer my keyboard shortcuts to new installations, and avoid the need to tediously set these options again. It is also possible to install a few copies on the same machine with different configuration. Pre-LAVFilter versions 1.3 and 1.6 support Win2K and XP SP1 with reduced functionality.

    Posted 06/21/2015
  • davidfontes
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Melhor player de vídeo para Windows, suporte a grande maioria dos formatos de vídeo e áudio (praticamente todos os populares) e ainda é leve e o visual é simples e prático de usar

    Posted 06/01/2015
  • zonetrooperex
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    This is a seriously awesome videos player :D A solid replacement for VLC Player. Particularly great at running 4K video, MKVs and it supports remembering the last played position. Well done!

    Posted 06/01/2015
  • andresmrg
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Love it.

    Posted 05/25/2015
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