Media Player Classic Home Cinema

Media Player Classic Home Cinema

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 89 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.7.9
  • Total Downloads:
    1,965,743
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 01, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    11.73MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    10,095
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Media Player Classic Home Cinema is a free utility that provides video playback. Since there are a lot of video players on the market, this is a tough area for apps to really stand out from the competition. With a few performance issues and some operational quirks, Media Player Classic Home Cinema didn't come out at the top of the long list of similar programs.

The installation process is simple enough, although there's about a half dozen screens to step through. Once installed, Media Player Classic Home Cinema launches quickly, although there's no modification to the pop-up Explorer menu to launch a video clip with this tool except through "Open With." A separate menu option would have been nice. The player's interface is a little awkward. To open a file you don't get a standard browser window, but a list of recently opened files in drop-down format along with a Browse button that then offers an Explorer window. By default the player always opens with the sound turned off, and an icon has to be clicked to activate audio. While it seems like a small issue, this isn't the default with most players, and the extra step was a drawback. Playback was fine on most video files, but on larger files we did have a crash a few times. Another weird behavior is the Stop button, which resets to the beginning of the video instead of holding the current location like most players do. We had to get used to using the Pause button instead. Navigation back and forth in a video file also seemed slower than some competing products.

While we had only a few minor quibbles with Media Player Classic Home Cinema, the inconsistent crashing on larger files and those little quibbles quickly led us to uninstall the product and revert to the standard Windows offering. We're not sure why you'd want to use Media Player Classic Home Cinema over other players on the market. There's just not enough there to make this software stand out.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Great -Replaced crash-prone VLC This works"

July 28, 2015  |  By BOBRGR

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.7.9

Pros

Plays multiple files even with different extensions .mpg, .asf .wmv in sequence with no crashes..VLC crashed everytime I tried this
Light & quick meets basic needs with speed and efficiency

Cons

There may be bells & whistles others may find appealing

Summary

Great little program.

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5 stars

"All performance - no glitz."

June 03, 2015  |  By minaust

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.7.9

Pros

It's free, no nags to upgrade to a "pro" version, and it doesn't install crapware or adware.
Simple appearance. No useless flash or bling.
Easy to set file associations and explorer context menu.
It'll play just about anything - audio and video file types you never heard of. - and it's a full-fledged software DVD player. Also plays unencrypted Blu-Rays.
All kinds of options - several renderers available.
Extremely lightweight. Installation not required. Get it in the archive package, unarchive to wherever you like, and run it from there.
Constantly under active development.

Cons

Simple appearance. This is a con only if you're an eye-candy fan. I'm not.
Clunky file menu, but you really don't need it.

Summary

Simple, powerful, and lightweight. Download the MadVR renderer - which is completely free, and your movies will never look better.

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5 stars

"Free, all-format, zero nagging"

June 02, 2015  |  By locogato

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.7.9

Pros

Free as in zero cost. No invitations to install other softwares. Frequent and hasle-free updating.
The interface is simple and effective, I could not care less about "eye candy", but to have a decent and fluid media player.
The incredible variety of formats that can be played put to shame Windows Media Player and many other softwares that I know. I tried them all and continue with this one with full satisfaction.

Cons

It may not be the best to earn the ultimate half star.
I do not agree with the negative remarks by the Download.com review.

Summary

If you want a honest Windows freebie that is highly functional and reliable, I would bet you would end like me: discarding all others and ignoring WMP.

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5 stars

"Great product, fast and easy"

April 06, 2015  |  By Harting123

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.7.8

Pros

Great tool, no nagging appearance.

Cons

Not yet, everything's great for me and my friends!

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5 stars

"Great tool, no nagging appearance."

February 09, 2015  |  By GenetMichels

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.7.8

Pros

Great tool, no nagging appearance.

Cons

It doesn't have any cons.

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5 stars

"Fantastic and simple"

February 09, 2015  |  By Validuz

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.7.8

Pros

Simple, clean, and fully customizable.

I love being able to customize the controls, and what single/double click does, etc.

Cons

None that I can think of.

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1 stars

"All audio on ALL media players stopped"

January 21, 2015  |  By LorraineJoubert

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.7.7

Pros

I received the following reply:
This bug has been fixed on Windows Vista and newer operating system 17 months ago (https://trac.mpc-hc.org/ticket/2852#comment:6). However I'm sorry to say that the bug is not likely to be ever fixed for Windows XP. There is no easy fix for this issue and as you probably know Windows XP is now unsupported by Microsoft so we will stop supporting it completely in a few months too.

Cons

I was listening to a video on the internet (MFF) and opening a .swf file at the same time with MPC_HC. The sound then stopped. I restarted my laptop (Windows XP), but still no sound. No media player, nor Windows had any sound.

I often open audio/video files while listening to another on the internet and never had a problem before. It was the 1st time I used MPC-HC to do this, as I only recently installed it.

According to device manager all is working fine.

As trac did not allow me to create a ticket (gaptcha too difficult and even after playing the game it did not redirect me), I ended up un-installing MPC-HC.

I had to un-install my audio device and after restarting Windows it was working again.

Summary

Bug on XP, seemingly fixed on other OS.
Almost impossible to contact support.

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5 stars

"I enjoyed using this program."

January 04, 2015  |  By RazorHellriegel

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.7.7

Pros

It's just great. Super easy to operate and understand.

Cons

Well done. no cons

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5 stars

"Works perfectly."

December 10, 2014  |  By foxlfxgudg

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.7.7

Pros

Great tool, no nagging appearance.

Cons

Not yet, everything's great for me and my friends!

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5 stars

"A player that has done right by me for years"

December 08, 2014

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.7.7

Pros

The editor's review complains about it not offering anything above the rest and reverting back to the standard Windows Media Player.
First off, after installing MPC-HC i don't have to worry about any codecs and stuff anymore because anything i want to watch it can play. And that's all i want, no hassle, just starting up a movie or a show straight from the bat. And as far as the library system goes, yes, it's not nice to use, but that was fixed easy by simply having any video files open up in MPC-HC when i execute them. So instead of using the program's library i'm using that of Windows. Easy as.

The interface is pretty simple and not flashy at all but i don't need that, i just want to watch and enjoy my viewing without anything big and shiny interfering.
And if you like to tinker and play with options there is tons of that to fine tune to your hearts desire when you dive deeper in to the options menu.

Cons

Can't really think of anything to be honest.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.7.9

New:

  • Internal Subtitle Renderer: Convert colorspace of subtitles to match video.
  • Append files to the playlist on drag&drop while holding "Control" key.
  • Enable Press and Hold gesture to make easier access to context menu on touch devices.
  • Add Danish translation.
  • Add ability to disable every time after playback event for current session by selecting "Do nothing" event in context menu.

Changed:

  • Subtitle renderer: Better compatibility with ASS/SSA subtitle files that are slightly violating the specs.
  • Rename "Display Stats" and "Reset Display Stats" features to "OSD: Display Renderer Statistics" and "OSD: Reset Renderer Statistics" so that their meaning is clearer in the "Keys" option panel. Also rename "Display Stats" to "Display Statistics" in the "Renderer Settings" menu.
General
Publisher Media Player Classic - Homecinema
Publisher web site http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/
Release Date June 01, 2015
Date Added June 01, 2015
Version 1.7.9
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 11.73MB
File Name MPC-HC.1.7.9.x86.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,965,743
Downloads Last Week 10,095
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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