Media Player Classic Home Cinema

Media Player Classic Home Cinema

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 78 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.7.7
  • Total Downloads:
    1,487,189
  • Date Added:
    October 06, 2014
  • File Size:
    10.74MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    13,468
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

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

"Smooth working, effective."

October 16, 2014  |  By CrownZachariah

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.7.7

Pros

Been using for long time now and no trouble at all.

Cons

Well done. no cons

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4 stars

"VLC's long time rival"

July 06, 2014  |  By tomysshadow

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.7.5

Pros

Fast and lightweight
created by the pros - these guys know everything there is to know about video formats
Properties allows you to check the video format which is cool
best player for DVDs, I love the fullscreen since the controls aren't too obtrusive
not ugly like VLC
Can play the super rare .bik format
Works on older Windows
Can play lots of formats and plays AVI files in specific almost flawlessly

Cons

Doesn't have quite as many formats as VLC, Options are a little cluttered (then again you shouldn't have to mess with them)

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5 stars

"Powerful, lightweight, versatile, simple, & portable."

April 26, 2014  |  By minaust

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.7.4

Pros

Will play just about any audio or video format imaginable.

Portable. Doesn't require installation. Get the archive version (I do this way), unzip it to wherever you see fit, and run it from there.

Flexible. It comes with everything needed, but you can configure it to use your choice of renderers or splitters. You can strip it down to a single file and it will still work.

Absence of advanced features - free of bloat (a/k/a "creeping featuritis").

Open source.

Cons

The configuration screens are daunting.

Open source. There are a lot of boogered-up builds floating around.

Absence of advanced features.

Summary

Powerful and portable. it's available as a .exe (installer) or archive (.zip or .7z - your choice). Big warning - do not, repeat NOT download here or anywhere else. Only get it from mpc-hc.org. Their installer is clean, digitally signed, and will appear in "Add/Remove programs".

Note: the CCCP build is heavily altered and should not be used unless you are familiar with their alterations. Same warning applies the "Black Edition" (MPC-BE).

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1 stars

"Poor updating"

March 16, 2014  |  By Dream-Spider

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.7.3

Pros

It does allow other extensions to be used/viewed Kind of like the GOM Player too much both controlling your systems Media operation

Cons

Installed previous version and there is no way to remove it. Even a manual update does not delete the previous version. Even IOBIT powerful uninstall can't find it to uninstall it; the worse part is that it claims it's own program associations and/or extensions and most can't be removed; of which I believe it is the reason my Adobe Flash Player doesn't work .... MPC-HC (CCCP Build)
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Build information:
Version: 1.7.1.39 (7b61728) (blitzkrieg) (master@18c6e62)
Compiler: MSVC 2012 Update 4 (SSE)
Build date: Nov 27 2013 18:02:13

LAV Filters:
LAV Splitter: 0.59.1.0
LAV Video: 0.59.1.0
LAV Audio: 0.59.1.0
FFmpeg compiler: MinGW-w64 GCC 4.7.3

Operating system:
Name: Windows NT 6.1 (build 7601, Service Pack 1)
Version: 6.1

Summary

Further testing is needed and follow threw of the updates before anyone should install this on a system they don't want to return to factory O/S and/or format their hard drive ...

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5 stars

"Very good full screen player"

February 16, 2014  |  By davidvd59

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.7.3

Pros

Has full screen player not just partial screen player, written announcement of song on each video, works as an automatic mixing type system without the manual mixing, can play in manual selection mode or in shuffle, can remember play list from previous play, can separate the playlist to a separate monitor and leave the full screen monitor just for playing videos excellent option.

Cons

Once in awhile it will crash or quit, once in awhile it repeats itself too quickly when playing a short play list in shuffle

Summary

One of the best players I have used on the net, usually I use VJ software

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5 stars

"Just awesome"

January 22, 2014  |  By win_sun

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.7.1

Pros

1. Light weight
2. Open source
3. Better than VLC in many aspects.

Cons

So far none.

Summary

As said on official website, its extremely lightweight, loads fast and plays everything. Seems like better than VLC. It can be a good MP3 player. Try it and you will know.

People giving negative reviews because they downloaded this from this very page. You better head to MPC's official website http://mpc-hc.org

There may be issues in customising it. Like I found no way to sync audio with video in a file where both don't play at same time. But it's worth a try.

Updated on Jan 22, 2014

That audio sync issue is actually not in it. It's working! MPC was stepping 1 milisecond per click. I thought it won't work.

Updated on Jan 27, 2014

>> Rating downed from 5 to 4. After a few use, I find out that VLC is actually better. As there isn't remained any difference between MPC and VLC. I've heard about MPC that it opens "fast". But that was no more the case. I thought MPC as InfanView of media files.

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1 stars

"Will not uninstall. Do Not Put on Your Computer"

December 18, 2013  |  By jim-moss_com

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.7.1

Pros

It played about half of my Mp3's

Cons

1. You cannot find or uninstall this program. No uninstall program can find it. I finally deleted it from my registry.

Summary

Worthless, only works half the time and you can't get rid of it. Be Wary of any program that once loaded on your computer hides on it.

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1 stars

"Included malware"

December 10, 2013  |  By PetroVegan

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.7.1

Pros

Plays a lot of video formats with minimal hassle.

Cons

The download from cnet contained the Conduit search hijacker. There was no option not to allow its installation during the MPC install. The Conduit programs do not completely uninstall. Google "conduit search" before you install this file. You may decide not to do it.

Summary

It will make all three major browsers barely functional.

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4 stars

"Simple and lightweight with no ads."

November 23, 2013  |  By glike58

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.7.0

Pros

It has an easy menu to navigate with no pop-up and easy to uninstall in one click. It has its own codec.
Tried several media players and this one is the best for me.
To play foreign films without subtitle, you can download it here as it finds it.

Cons

Compared to other media players due its simple design some features is lacking although it doesn't hamper its overall performance.

Summary

The developers will have to put more advanced features to make it the best. Overall it a good player.

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5 stars

"great all around media player"

July 29, 2013  |  By professorkirk

 |  Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.6.8

Pros

plays 95% of my vids

Cons

getting the right updates that work on my machine

Summary

still the most used player I have.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.7.7
  • Accept loading more than one subtitle file at a time using the “Load subtitle” dialog or drag-and-drop.
  • Add advanced settings page.
  • Add Arabic and Thai translations.
  • Completely reworked subtitle queue.
  • Add option to set jpg quality when saving images (default quality is increased from 75% to 90%).
  • Updated Little CMS to v2.6 (git 9c075b3).
  • Updated Unrar to v5.1.7.
  • Updated MediaInfoLib to v0.7.70.
  • Updated ZenLib to v0.4.29 r481.
  • Updated LAV Filters to stable version 0.63.0.
General
Publisher Media Player Classic - Homecinema
Publisher web site http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/
Release Date October 05, 2014
Date Added October 06, 2014
Version 1.7.7
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 10.74MB
File Name MPC-HC.1.7.7.x86.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,487,189
Downloads Last Week 13,468
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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