Media Player Classic - Home Cinema 1.7.2

Supported Decoding:
MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 playback. Media Player Classic is capable of VCD, SVCD and DVD playback, without the need to install any additional software or codecs. It has built-in codecs for MPEG-2 video and codecs for LPCM, MP2, AC3 and DTS audio, and also contains an improved MPEG splitter that supports playback of VCDs and SVCDs using its VCD/SVCD/XCD Reader. A *.mp4 and MPEG-4 Timed Text support added. An AAC decoding filter makes MPC suitable for AAC playback in MP4. MPC Home Cinema also has H.264 and VC-1 with DXVA support, DivX, Xvid, and Flash Video formats is available in MPC HC. MPC can also use the QuickTime and the RealPlayer architectures. Media Player Classic supports native playback of OGM and Matroska container formats.

Supported Video, Audio and Image File Formats:
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, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, D2V, MP4, SWF, MOV, QT, FLV.

What's new in Media Player Classic - Home Cinema 1.7.2:

  • Added support for XySubFilter, only compatible with embedded subtitles for now
  • New option to auto-hide docked panels together with toolbars
  • Support pixel shader presets (with shortcuts and command line options)
  • Show more descriptive window title in capture mode
  • Ability to add all media files in folder from playlist panel context menu
  • New Croatian and Malay translations
  • Ticket #1556, Ability to move the player window by dragging the video area during DVD playback
  • Ticket #2251, Show hidden main menu with Alt key
  • Ticket #3235, Option to delay playback when auto-change fullscreen monitor mode feature is used
  • Ticket #3284, Option to auto-hide mouse pointer in windowed mode during playback
  • Ticket #3379, “Left Up” mouse keybinding now allows to move the player window by dragging the video area
  • Ticket #3614, Do medium jumps when pressing mouse navigation buttons on the seekbar

Changed:

Optimized subtitle renderer:

  • performance has been greatly improved both for subtitle parsing and rendering (often 5 times faster or more) some subtitles which might have been missing before will now be displayed

The storing mechanism of pixel shaders was redesigned:

  • each pixel shader is now stored in its own file with .hlsl extension
  • shader files are reloaded automatically when MPC-HC detects changes in them
  • internal pixel shader editor was removed, you’re supposed to use specialized external editors from now on, but can still view compilation output in “Debug Shaders” window
  • internal video renderers now always use the latest supported shader profile to compile pixel shaders
  • More flexible auto-hide controls in fullscreen configuration options
  • Multiple high DPI scaling interface improvements

Updated:

  • LAV Filters to v0.60.1.5:
  • Ticket #3540, LAV Splitter: The current/average bitrate is now shown in the Information panel
  • Ticket #3760, LAV Video: Fix a crash when opening some DVDs on 64-bit
  • Ticket #3793, LAV Video: Fix a decoding issue with some H264 files
  • Ticket #3849, LAV Video: DXVA VC1/WMV3 decoding now works on Intel cards
  • Ticket #3862, LAV Splitter: Fix a crash when opening MKV files with big attachments
  • Ticket #3929, LAV Video: Fix a crash when trying to decode WMV-3/VC1 with the DMO decoder unavailable
  • MediaInfoLib to v0.7.67
  • ZenLib to v0.4.29 r453
  • Little CMS to v2.6b (git 579b3aa)
  • Unrar to v5.0.0.14
  • Armenian, Basque, Belarusian, British English, Catalan, Czech, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian translations

Fixed:

  • Internal subtitles renderer: Vobsub/PGS/DVB subtitles are now rendered relative to the video frame
  • Warnings were not displayed in pixel shader compilation output
  • DVB: It was sometimes impossible to restart playback after it was stopped
  • Output property page: Fix VMR-9 renderless settings (some controls were disabled when they shouldn’t have been)
  • Ticket #720/#1807/#2625/#3161 Improve stability in analog capture mode when using EVR-CP/Sync renderer
  • Ticket #1300/#2081, Toolbars auto-hiding now always works properly in multi-display configurations
  • Ticket #2460, Some subtitle entries were rendered twice depending on how entries overlapped. This led to incorrect transparency
  • Ticket #2461, ASS reset style tag (r) broke “Position subtitle relative to the video frame”
  • Ticket #3243, Fix a crash when starting MPC-HC with the WebUI enabled and certain regional settings
  • Ticket #3479, Improve the behavior of MPC-HC when some security tools prevent it from initializing correctly
  • Ticket #3650, Improve the speed of subtitles toggling (on/off) and switching
  • Ticket #3668, MPC-HC could crash when reloading subtitles
  • Ticket #3922, “Play -> Subtitles” menu actions were off by one when playing a DVD and only external subtitles were available
  • Ticket #3963, Update the chapter marks on the seekbar when the media length changes. The bug was most often seen for MKV with multiple editions

Download: MPC-HC 1.7.2 (x86) | Standalone | ~9.0 MB (Open Source)
Download: MPC-HC 1.7.2 (x64) | Standalone | ~10.0 MB
Link: MPC-HC Home Page

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Since switching from VLC to MPC-HC quite some time ago now, I at least don't mind firing up a video or tune to play.

VLC is so dang slow at loading, I couldn't stand it.

As far as the looks of anything, I couldn't give a rats a** as long it works and works fairly quickly.

Don't know whether it's "the best" but it meets all my needs and requirements. Primarily - light, stable, color management enabled (important on my wide gamut monitor), etc.

Not the best looking program by todays standards but still the best in terms of video quality in my opinion. It is also lighter on the system for HD content playback. II have always found it quite interesting that the best media players are all open source. Look at MPC-HC (and VLC) compared to things like PowerDVD and iTunes.

InTheSwiss said,
Not the best looking program by todays standards but still the best in terms of video quality in my opinion. It is also lighter on the system for HD content playback. II have always found it quite interesting that the best media players are all open source. Look at MPC-HC (and VLC) compared to things like PowerDVD and iTunes.

Why'd you put crappy VLC next to MPC-HC? PotPlayer and MPC-HC are the very best.

MPC-HD is superior (IMO) to VLC by a mile. The reason: crashes. I can literally play dozens of files on MPC-HC before a hang or crash of the application. VLC seems to crash all the time, for no reason, on multiple setups and software/hardware configurations.

InTheSwiss said,
Not the best looking program by todays standards

I think it looks just fine myself, at least on Windows 7 and below. That screenshot up there is hideously ugly with those gaudy pastel borders and buttons. Windows 8 is to blame for that.

PeterTHX said,
MPC-HD is superior (IMO) to VLC by a mile. The reason: crashes. I can literally play dozens of files on MPC-HC before a hang or crash of the application. VLC seems to crash all the time, for no reason, on multiple setups and software/hardware configurations.

Really? VLC is rock solid for me. I've never understood the hate for VLC, plays everything I throw at it and just works. Sure you can argue quality I guess but I'm not a videophile that needs everything pixel perfect. If it's watchable and it works, I'm happy

Bumblefly said,

I think it looks just fine myself, at least on Windows 7 and below. That screenshot up there is hideously ugly with those gaudy pastel borders and buttons. Windows 8 is to blame for that.


I'm used to Win8 personally, so the borders don't bother me. It's the hideous Win95 era controls on the bottom that put me off it. I'll be honest though, the controls on VLC are not much better and I only rate them slightly better than MPC-HD.

Edited by Xerxes, Jan 27 2014, 1:15am :

Xerxes said,

Really? VLC is rock solid for me. I've never understood the hate for VLC, plays everything I throw at it and just works.

Just try to play a 10-bit MKV file on VLC and you'll see the reason why there are a lot of folks out there who hate VLC. VLC can't even play all my 10-bit MKVs without generating some random gibberish artifacts and random stuttering on all my PCs. Not to mention, it eats up a lot of memory more than what MPC-HC consumes for doing the same tasks.

Just because it works well on you does not mean it's all good.

Jollibee said,

Just try to play a 10-bit MKV file on VLC and you'll see the reason why there are a lot of folks out there who hate VLC. VLC can't even play all my 10-bit MKVs without generating some random gibberish artifacts and random stuttering on all my PCs. Not to mention, it eats up a lot of memory more than what MPC-HC consumes for doing the same tasks.

Just because it works well on you does not mean it's all good.

I don't use 10-bit MKVs but all the MKVs I do use work flawlessly. As to the memory thing, we aren't in 80s/90s anymore! I paid for that RAM and I want to use it. Why are people so obsessed with keeping their RAM idle?? don't people trust Windows memory management?? I understood it back in the day because Windows was very bad at managing memory and this type of thinking was needed to keep your machine running slick but not anymore.

Wait what? if it works well then it is all good! You use what you think is best for you and let other people use what is best for them. Simple really.