Media Player Classic Home Cinema

Media Player Classic Home Cinema

Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 77 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.7.6
File Size:
10.34MB
Date Added:
July 07, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
1,332,656
Downloads Last Week:
9,525
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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    3.8

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    • 5 star: 35
    • 4 star: 16
    • 3 star: 11
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 11
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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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  • 5 stars

    "Works well it is my main player."

    July 08, 2013   |   By carlcne

    Version: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.6.8

    Pros

    Works good with all my different types of media.

    Cons

    do not have any thing bad to say about it.

    Summary

    Work well with al;l my media.

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