Media Player Classic - Home Cinema v2.3.0 Download

Videocards - Handy Utilities 86 Updated by Hilbert Hagedoorn

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File Size 26 MB
Operating Systems Windows
Windows 64bit
License Freeware
Price Free

Media Player Classic - Home Cinema ( MPC-HC ) is a free and open-source video / audio player for Windows. MPC-HC is based on the original Guliverkli project of the Media Player Classic from Gabest and contains many additional functions and bug fixes. A fork of version 1.7.13 was created in early 2018. Since then, the developer has updated the internal libraries, fixed bugs and security gaps, and made minor improvements. The official website is not maintained, you will only be kept up to date with this fork via the GitHub page.

In July 2017, version 1.7.13 of Media Player Classic - Home Cinema was released with a statement from developers announcing the cessation of official updates. However, leveraging the open-source nature of the software, a developer known as clsid on the Doom9 website, who had been closely associated with MPC-HC development, intermittently releases 'unofficial' versions. These releases primarily focus on minor enhancements, accompanied by the latest iterations of LAV Filters and MediaInfo. 

  • Updated LAV Filters to version 0.79.2-9-g56aab
  • Updated MediaInfo to version 24.05
  • Updated MPC Video Renderer to version
  • Updated libass and various other external libs
  • MPC Video Renderer is now included in the installer/zip and usable as internal filter.
    It is not yet the default renderer, but will become that in near future (on modern systems). You can select it here:
    Options > Playback > Output
    It uses DirectX 11 on Windows 10/11, so for optimal performance and compatibility it is also recommended to change the hardware decoder from DXVA2 to D3D11:
    Options > Internal Filters > Video Decoder > Hardware acceleration
    Note: an external copy of the video renderer gets used first when available, so either uninstall that or update it.
  • New OSD implementation. It now also works during audio-only playback. OSD transparancy can be adjusted in advanced options.
  • Volume normalize algorithm now no longer regains on short seeks and much less on long seeks. This should prevent unwanted jumps in volume.
  • Improved downsampling quality of the images when generating a thumbnail sheet.
  • Several small fixes and improvements


Change Info:
Overview of features
A lot of people seem to be unaware of some of the awesome features that have been added to MPC-HC in the past years. Here is a list of useful options and features that everyone should know about:

Play HDR video
This requires using either MPC Video Renderer (MPCVR) or madVR.
After installation these HDR capable renderers can be selected here:
Options > Playback > Output
With other video renderers, the colors will be wrong!
I recommend installing K-Lite Codec Pack. That includes MPC-HC and the renderers all in one easy to use package.
MPCVR is available as a separate download below. MPCVR supports Dolby Vision. MadVR does not.
You should change hardware decoder to D3D11 in LAV Video Decoder settings when using MPCVR on Windows 10/11, because renderer will use DirectX11.
Modern GUI Theme (Dark or Light)
Options > Player > User Interface
It is also possible to change the height of the seekbar and size of the toolbar buttons.
Video preview on the seekbar
Options > Player > User Interface
Ability to search for subtitles
Press D for manual search.
Or enable automatic search in: Options > Subtitles > Misc
Adjust playback speed
Menu > Play > Playback rate
The buttons in the player that control playback rate take a 2x step by default. This can be customized to smaller values (like 10%):
Options > Playback > Speed step
Adjusting playback speed works best with the internal audio renderer. This also has automatic pitch correction.
Options > Playback > Output > Audio Renderer
MPC-HC can remember playback position, so you can resume from that point later
Options > Player > History
You can quickly seek through a video with Ctrl + Mouse Scrollwheel.
You can jump to next/previous file in a folder by pressing PageUp/PageDown.
You can perform automatic actions at end of file. For example to go to next file or close player.
Options > Playback > After Playback (permanent setting)
Menu > Play > After Playback (for current file only)
A-B repeat
You can loop a segment of a video. Press [ and ] to set start and stop markers.
You can rotate/flip/mirror/stretch/zoom the video
Menu > View > Pan&Scan
This is also easily done with hotkeys (see below).
There are lots of keyboard hotkeys and mouse actions to control the player. They can be customized as well.
Options > Player > Keys
Tip: there is a search box above the table.
You can stream videos directly from Youtube and many other video websites
Put yt-dlp.exe in the MPC-HC installation folder.
Then you can open website URLs in the player: Menu > File > Open File/URL
You can even download those videos: Menu > File > Save a copy
Tip: to be able to download in best quality with yt-dlp, it is recommended to also put ffmpeg.exe in the MPC-HC folder.
Several YDL configuration options are found here: Options > Advanced
This includes an option to specify the location of yt-dlp.exe in case you don't want to put it in MPC-HC folder.
Note 1: You also need to install Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86)
Note 2: yt-dlp nightly build (very latest version made daily)
Besides all these (new) features, there have also been many bugfixes and internal improvements in the player in the past years that give better performance and stability. It also has updated internal codecs. Support was added for CUE sheets, WebVTT subtitles, etc.

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