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Media Player Classic Home Cinema

By Media Player Classic - Homecinema Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of Media Player Classic Home Cinema

  • Play various types of media content with a robust and optimized player
  • Last updated on 07/23/17
  • There have been 0 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Oct 7, 2012

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.7.13

  • Switched from mhook to MinHook since it's more actively maintained
  • Require a CPU processor with SSE2 instructions
  • Add context menu option to copy subtitle URL
  • Updated translations
  • Updated LAV Filters to v0.70.2
  • Updated Little CMS to v2.8 (d41071e)
  • Updated MediaInfoLib to v0.7.97
  • Updated ZenLib to v0.4.35
  • Updated Unrar to v5.5.6
  • Scale MediaInfo properties tab text properly on high DPI

General

Release July 17, 2017
Date Added July 23, 2017
Version 1.7.13

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3, Windows, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 3,120,062
Downloads Last Week 759
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Developer's Description

Media Player Classic Home Cinema is a light-weight media player for Windows. It looks just like Windows Media Player v6.4, but has many additional features. You can use the player as a Media Player Classic Home Theater.

It has built-in codecs for MPEG-2 video and codecs for LPCM, MP2, AC3 and DTS audio, and also contains an improved MPEG splitter that supports playback of VCDs and SVCDs using its VCD, SVCD, or XCD Reader. An AAC decoding filter makes MPC suitable for AAC playback in MP4.