Media Player Classic - BE is a free and open source audio and video player for Windows. Media Player Classic - BE is based on the original "Media Player Classic" project (Gabest) and "Media Player Classic Home Cinema" project (Casimir666), contains additional features and bug fixes. The BE mod (Black Edition Mod) is a skinned version of Media Player Classic Home Cinema, much better looking than the plain old MPC.

What's new in this version:

  • Added .ini file validity check before use (opening);
  • Added remembering of the active tab in the file properties' window;
  • Added support for double audio output;
  • Added support for Win 8.1;
  • Added Blu-ray discs autoplay. This option is temporarily combined with that for DVD;
  • Added the option "Auto reload subtitle files after detecting modification". It is turned off by default;
  • Full integration of subtitles' control menu with VSFilter/XySubFilter;
  • Added history saving for Blu-ray and DVD;
  • Added the ability to automatically open external audio files and subtitles. Blu-ray name - root folder name or disc label (when opening a disc) - is used for searching;
  • MPC Audio Renderer: Added an algorithm for choosing the optimal output audio format. Conversion is used if needed;
  • FLVSplitter: added support for Speex tracks;
  • FLVSplitter: added support for HEVC video (external decoder is required);
  • FLVSplitter: added support for acquiring FrameRate and AudioSampleRate from metadata;
  • EVR-CP: added chapters output onto the seekbar in D3D Fulscreen mode;
  • MP4Splitter: added support for AIC icod (Apple Intermediate Codec);
  • MP4Splitter: added support for HEVC/H.265;
  • MatroskaSplitter: added options window and the "Load Embedded Fonts" option;
  • MatroskaSplitter: added support for the "A_OPUS" identifier;
  • MatroskaSplitter: added support for HEVC/H.265;
  • MatroskaSplitter: added support for VP9;
  • DTSAC3Source: added basic support for .dtshd/DTSHDHDR;
  • AviSplitter: added support for 'avc1' FOURCC;
  • AviSplitter: added support for HEVC/H.265;
  • MpaDecFilter: added support for TAK decoding [full release notes]

Download: MPC-BE | ~9.0 MB (Open Source)
Download: 70 background imagestoolbar graphics
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does this version do proper 5.1 output via spdif? The other versions don't work on my system, only VLC will do proper 5.1/DTS. But VLC is dogslow to start up.

If so, I'll give this one a go. I'm now using MPC-HC btw.

I downloaded this a few months ago after reading good things about it in the forums.

I'm a MPC+FFDshow / VLC fan, however MPC-BE works just as well, if not better - especially with the additional options. Probably one of the best 'standalone' media players out there at the moment.

MPC-HC BE Mod is usually newer because they use the latest SVN the most up-to-date version of the code

At the cost of stability?