KillTheIrishman, on 05 May 2012 - 18:40, said:
There is nothing wrong with VLC. Why the hate?
VLC plays everything, but VLC plays a lot of things badly. It screws up the luma range quite often, which makes blacks look gray. It does a crappy job at upscaling or downscaling content. Doesn't matter very much on DVD-like content, but when watching 720p or BluRay content the difference isn't hard to see.
Media Player Classic Home Cinema with MadVR is the best quality you can possibly get for playback. If your PC can't handle MadVR (it requires some power) then you'd be best off with Haali renderer. Very efficient and still good quality, better than you'll ever get with VLC.
Seriously, just Google "VLC vs MPC" and you'll see tons of examples that show how VLC messes up files all the time.
This one for example: https://forums.playf...8607c5800bfe1e3
You can see how blacks turn gray in VLC, and how whites (look at the clouds) get less bright. This results in a loss of contrast, and VLC does it on a lot of videos.
Then we have this one: http://i90.photobuck...tdizzle/2-2.png
It's not hard to see that about every single line in the image lost a lot of sharpness, and that's because VLC is utter crap at upscaling or downscaling video. In MPC-HC it depends on what renderer you use, but even with the default settings it'll look a lot better than it ever does in VLC.
]SK[, on 05 May 2012 - 19:20, said:
Or install VLC and have an awesome player that will never fail you!
VLC fails me all the time. It's slow and it's quality sucks. MPC-HC plays about everything and is a lot more stable. The only thing MPC-HC doesn't do as well as VLC is streaming. But I can't imagine many people using that a lot.