Media Player Classic Home Cinema

Media Player Classic Home Cinema

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 81 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.5.2.3456
  • Total Downloads:
    1,454,432
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 04, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    10.74MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    11,878
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Media players are a dime a dozen, which makes it hard for them to stand out from the crowd. Media Player Classic Home Cinema is another contender in the category, but its glitchy performance failed to impress us enough to make the switch from our current player.

The program's user interface is as basic as it gets, which isn't a bad thing. A menu runs across the top of the window, offering navigational options: File, View, Play, Navigate, Favorites, and Help. A bar with buttons for playing, pausing, stopping, and skipping forward and backward resides at the bottom of the window. We started by inserting a DVD. Since it wasn't our default player, we had to find and open it in the player. The DVD started playing without any issues, but when we clicked the Stop button and then the Play button to resume, rather than start where it left off, the DVD started from the beginning. We tried it again several times only to have the same outcome. Help is available through a link that takes you to the Support page on the program's Web site. From there, a link takes you to a Web site to obtain documentation in various languages, but the idea of downloading a file from an unknown site doesn't exactly spell "security."

Media Player Classic Home Cinema installs and uninstalls cleanly. Overall, there were just too many issues with the program to warrant a recommendation from us.

 
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5 stars

"MPC-HC is probably the best video player available."

January 11, 2012  |  By yetanotherid

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.5.2.3456

Pros

-Simple interface
-Comes with it's own internal filters for playing all the common file types
-Supports DXVA (hardware decoding)
-Easily configured to use external codecs and splitters etc if required
-Options are well laid out and easy to find
-Out of the box, it just works

Cons

None really. I don't think I've ever used a single piece of software which I thought was perfect, or where I didn't think "this feature would be nice" etc, and MPC-HC is no exception, however when it comes to doing what it's designed to do, play video files properly without being bloated or consuming more system resources than necessary, I can't think of any real cons.

Summary

I signed up for a cnet account specifically to express my disbelief at how ridiculous the above review is, as are some of the comments which followed.

The review states there were too many issues to recommend the program, yet the only one actually listed relates to using the stop button, which in itself seems a fair indication of just how little time the reviewer spent with the program. It works that way by design! That's why the program has a pause button. It also has an option to remember the position of files it plays. Not just the last file, but the last twenty (I think). It's fairly simply. The pause button lets you easily resume. After using the stop button the player will resume from the beginning. If however, you close the player after using the stop button or while it's paused it'll resume from where you left off. Yes, admittedly the resuming of DVDs doesn't always work, but unfortunately I think that's because user prohibited operations in the DVD structure get in the way. I don't think it's a problem unique to MPC-HC.

As fore those who commented saying the player wouldn't work because it requires the latest version of DirectX which they already had, well my guess is, no they didn't. If the player asks you to update DirectX then update it. No flavor of Windows necessarily comes with the latest. I update DirectX before installing MPC-HC on new Windows installations quite frequently when it instructs me to do so and guess what, then it works.

Please ignore the advice to use the old and outdate MPC instead of MPC-HC. MPC-HC is a continuation of the original MPC project and offers improved features such as DXVA decoding and support for newer renderers.

I'm not scared to jump ship if I find software which is better than what I'm currently using, and every so often I try a different video player, or a newer version of one I've tried previously (VLC, Potplayer etc), and while granted some of it may be due to familiarity, each time I go back to MPC-HC. It comes with it's own internal filters to play all the common formats "out of the box" although it's still easily configured to use external codecs and splitters if required. It's interface is nice and simple, it options are well laid out, and as is important for a novice PC user, it just works. And of course... it's free.

Updated on Jan 11, 2012

To correct one further piece of misinformation in one of the comments below, MPC-HC can indeed be downloaded as a portable version (in the form of a zip file which you can simply unzip and run). There's also a download for the "installer" version. They're both on sourceforge.
http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/download-media-player-classic-hc.html

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3 stars

"Okay,Downloading from sourceforg.net isn't a problem."

December 03, 2011  |  By woodjaman

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.5.2.3456

Pros

See Below ;-)

Cons

See Below ;-)

Summary

I have been downloading linux programs from them for years. VLC is one program. I'm not too crash hot on the bug fixed latest version on win 7 starter thou. Version 10 works fine & 11 it doesn't want to play ball. So I will give this version of Media Player a whirl on a couple of my machines & I'll get back to yah all.
See what I can dig up. But the earlier versions of Media Player were better players & I don't really like the version that came with win 7 starter or all the versions of 7. I have a mate who has a gaming 64 bit lappy & it has the same rubbish on it. I wouldn't expect it to play on win 7. Also I reckon it won't play on XP SP3. A couple of years ago I did a clean install & hadn't had the chance to turn off updates & the lappy had downloaded & installed sp3 which caused a lot of problems to my older programs. So that's one of the reason's I have updates turned off. I like sp2 the way it is without those annoying problems of sp3. Always like the KISS principle. Keep It Simple Stupid!

Cheers Dan.

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5 stars

"Editor's gave an unfair review."

December 01, 2011  |  By Yuoaman

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.5.2.3456

Pros

I have never had any issues with using the program, it's played pretty much every file I've ever asked it to with no problems. The editor who wrote the review seems to have had trouble discerning the difference between the PAUSE and STOP functionality. PAUSE was what they were looking for, it will allow you to resume at the exact time you PAUSED. STOP ends playback entirely. You would think that would be quite obvious.

Cons

Occasionally I've had to download additional codecs, but that's usually because I haven't been updating regularly.

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1 stars

"Forget this version does not work-"

October 29, 2011  |  By andreaborman

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.5.2.3456

Pros

This is NOT the original Media Player Classic-you know the other version that comes as a zip file, you can just unzip and use-NO.This is Media Player Classic Home Cinema. But unfortunently it did not work at all on my Windows 7. I got an error message saying I did not have the latest version of Direct X. Which is nonsense,as I have got Windows 7 and ALL versions of Windows 7 come with the latest version of Direct X. And Windows 7 is a new operating system. And so does Windows XP have the latest version of Direct X. But this player would not recognise it.

Cons

Did not do anything,just gave me error messages as above.

Summary

This is NOT Media Player Classic but a Home cinema version that plays,high tech videos and is supposes to have high tech features. But it did not work on any of my Windows XP or Windows 7 computers. I got an error message saying I did not have the latest version of Direct X but I do have,but this player would not recognise it.So forget this Media Player Classic Home Cinema-as it does not work- and just stick to Media Player Classic,the other version-not this one. Andrea Borman.

Updated on Nov 2, 2011

Forget this-Media Player Classic Home Cinema - see above review and software.
Get Media Player Classic 6.4.9.1 the older version instead. As that works. This version above does not work at all.It is absolutely useless. Andrea Borman.

Updated on Nov 2, 2011

Media Player Classic Home Cinema and Media Player Classic are 2 different players. This one above Home Cinema version is for high tech software like DVD players,playing CDs etc and does not work on any of mine or anyone else's computer. See above.There for I do not recommend this at all. As it would not play ANY video files.And this version installs as a normal download.

Media Player Classic 6.4.9.1 is the other version with the zip file install,that you unzip to Programs file on C Drive and then just run it.Send a shortcut to your desktop for easy access.And Media Player Classic 6.4.9.1 is the best version to get as it works and may I add is light and great for both Windows XP and Windows 7 netbooks.

But this version above-Media Player Classic Home Cinema is the one that DOES NOT WORK.
So now you know the difference between the 2 versions. So forget this Media Player Classic Home Cinema and get Media Player Classic 6.4.9.1 the other player instead. End of Story.Andrea Borman.

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General
Publisher Media Player Classic - Homecinema
Publisher web site http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/
Release Date October 04, 2011
Date Added October 04, 2011
Version 1.5.2.3456
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 10.74MB
File Name MPC-HC.1.7.7.x86.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,454,432
Downloads Last Week 11,878
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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