Media Player Classic - Home Cinema

Media Player Classic - Home Cinema 1.9.16

Changes from 1.9.15 to 1.9.16:​

Updates:

  • Updated LAV Filters to version 0.75.1-4-gfaff6
  • Updated MediaInfo DLL to v21.09
Changes/additions/improvements:

  • Added advanced option to specify location of Youtube-DL executable.
  • Added support for yt-dlp.exe (fork of Youtube-DL).
  • Added advanced option to display video fourcc and resolution in status bar.
  • Added advanced option to display A-B repeat marker values in status bar.
  • When saving a favorite you can now also store the AB-repeat markers
  • Adjusting subtitle delay now also works with the external VSFilter/XySubFilter subtitle renderers.
  • Enabled processing of play/pause command when no media is loaded, but playlist is not empty. This now also allows resuming playback by pressing spacebar or clicking on the video area.
  • Clicking mouse middle button on the systray icon now toggles play/pause.
  • When the global after playback event is set to "play next file in folder", the player will now close the current file when no next file is available. This allow the screensaver to activate.
  • Added a second WASAPI based internal audio renderer. The existing internal renderer has been renamed to SaneAR (its original name). Don't ask what the difference is between the two. There is little difference in behavior and functionality.
Fixes:

  • Fix for running DVB scan not working in stopped state.
  • Several other small fixes.

Changes from 1.9.14 to 1.9.15:​

Changes/additions/improvements:

  • Seekbar video preview now supports video rotation.
  • Manual subtitle search now also works for online streams.
Fixes:

  • Fixed an issue that could cause a long delay when opening the File menu with certain optical drives.
  • Fixed an issue in the audio stream switcher that could result in a player hang on seek or track change. This happened only when an external audio track was loaded, in combination with the internal audio renderer and madVR.
  • Fixed parsing of subtitle files that contain a duplicate UTF BOM in their file header.
  • A few other small fixes.

Overview of features​

A lot of people seem to be unaware of some of the awesome features that have been added to MPC-HC in the past years. Here is a list of useful options and features that everyone should know about:

  • Dark interface
    Menu > View > Dark Theme
    When using dark theme it is also possible to change the height of the seekbar and size of the toolbar buttons.
    Options > Advanced
  • Video preview on the seekbar
    Options > Tweaks > Show preview on seek bar
  • Adjust playback speed
    Menu > Play > Playback rate
    The buttons in the player that control playback rate take a 2x step by default. This can be customized to smaller values (like 10%):
    Options > Playback > Speed step
    Adjusting playback speed works best with the internal audio renderer. This also has automatic pitch correction.
    Options > Playback > Output > Audio Renderer
  • MPC-HC can remember playback position, so you can resume from that point later
    Options > Player > History
  • You can quickly seek through a video with Ctrl + Mouse Scrollwheel.
  • You can jump to next/previous file in a folder by pressing PageUp/PageDown.
  • You can perform automatic actions at end of file. For example to go to next file or close player.
    Options > Playback > After Playback (permanent setting)
    Menu > Play > After Playback (for current file only)
  • A-B repeat
    You can loop a segment of a video. Press [ and ] to set start and stop markers.
  • You can rotate/flip/mirror/stretch/zoom the video
    Menu > View > Pan&Scan
    This is also easily done with hotkeys (see below).
  • There are lots of keyboard hotkeys and mouse actions to control the player. They can be customized as well.
    Options > Player > Keys
    Tip: there is a search box above the table.
  • You can stream videos directly from Youtube and many other video websites
    Put youtube-dl.exe in the MPC-HC installation folder.
    Then you can open website URLs in the player: Menu > File > Open File/URL
    You can even download those videos: Menu > File > Save a copy
    Tip: to be able to download in best quality with youtube-dl, it is recommended to also put ffmpeg.exe in the MPC-HC folder.
    Several configuration options are found here: Options > Advanced
  • Play HDR video
    This requires using madVR or MPC Video Renderer.
    After installation these renderers can be selected here:
    Options > Playback > Output
  • Ability to search for and download subtitles, either automatically or manually (press D):
    Options > Subtitles > Misc
  • Besides all these (new) features, there have also been many bugfixes and internal improvements in the player in the past years that give better performance and stability. It also has updated internal codecs. Support was added for CUE sheets, WebVTT subtitles, etc.
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Changes from 1.9.13 to 1.9.14:​

Updates:

  • Updated LAV Filters to version 0.75.1
Changes/additions/improvements:

  • Some optimizations in the filter graph builder. Should give a small reduction in file loading time in some situations.
  • Added a small safezone above and below the seekbar where (accidental) mouse clicks/drags are ignored.
  • Improved backwards framestep for DVDs. It now seeks back ~500ms to ensure it shows a different frame. The DVD Navigator unfortunately does not offer better accuracy.
  • Improved region code handling for DVDs
  • Added support for loading external fonts for SSA/ASS subtitles. The player check for "fonts" subfolder in location of video file.
Fixes:

  • Fixed regression that broke loading of audio dub through command line parameter
Changes from 1.9.12 to 1.9.13:

Fixes:

  • Fixed bug that could result in very low quality subtitles in certain situations. [regression in 1.9.12]
  • Fixed video display issue when moving the player to a larger resolution monitor. [regression in 1.9.12]
  • Fixed "launch in fullscreen" option not working when D3D fullscreen exclusive mode was enabled.
  • Fixed issue where a chosen audio dub was not loaded when opening a video through the File menu.
  • Fixed a rare player freeze when manually loading subtitles. Could happen on very old systems if subpicture texture allocation failed.
1.9.12.4 hotfix resolves two regressions that occurred in 1.9.12:

  • Low quality subtitles in certain situations
  • Video display issue when moving player to a larger resolution monitor
Changes from 1.9.11 to 1.9.12:

Changes/additions/improvements:

  • Changed default setting for subtitle texture resolution. This change only affects playback on screens with 4K resolution. In that case subtitles are now rendered at 1080p resolution (and then scaled to final size). This improves performance on such systems. You can of course change the setting to 4k if you prefer slightly sharper subtitles.
  • Some improvements related to the youtube-dl support.
  • Added support for downloading subtitles for streams extracted by youtube-dl. You can specify desired subtitle language(s) here: Options > Advanced
  • Strips html tags when found in SRT subtitles.
  • Added prompt when enabling OpenSubtitle option, mentioning than an account is required on their website.
  • Removed SubDB subtitle provider. Their site has been offline for a long time.
  • Removed obsolete RealMedia and QuickTime frameworks. These were only available in 32-bit builds, and were already not used by default anymore for a long time. Now such files are always played using the internal DirectShow codecs.
Fixes:

  • Fixed issue where recent file list could get cleared when opening a file with a very long path.
  • Several other small fixes and improvements.
Changes from 1.9.10 to 1.9.11:

Updates:

  • LAV Filters version 0.75-2-gddef5
  • MediaInfo DLL version 21.03
  • Changes/additions/improvements:

  • Added basic support for embedded WebVTT subtitles
  • Seek preview window now uses same aspect ratio as the video
  • After long pause (> 10 min) or hibernation, the player now performs a seek to current position before resuming. This re-initializes the video decoder, and hopefully solves a hang/crash on certain systems (with buggy graphics driver).
  • Some improvements for the youtube-dl functionality. It now also supports DASH manifest URLs.

Fixes:

  • Fixed subtitle regression that could cause subtitles to be skipped in certain situations when multiple lines were visible
  • Fixed issue with seeking to nearest keyframe
  • Fixed issue where the seek preview window broke the "always on top" functionality
  • A few other small fixes
Changes from 1.9.19 to 1.9.10:

Changes/additions/improvements:

  • Some optimizations for the seek preview functionality
  • Seek preview now gets hidden when dragging the seekbar
  • Renamed “System Default” video renderer to “Video Mixing Renderer 7”. This to prevent people from thinking this ancient renderer is the preferred one. Also changed order of the available renderers to put the recommended ones at the top.
  • The player now tries to parse JSON output from youtube-dl even when that has encountered an error. This fixes loading of youtube playlists that contain deleted videos.
  • Added a timeout in LAV Splitter code to prevent the player from freezing in case of certain network connection errors during playback of online streams
  • Added support for text color tags in WebVTT subtitles
  • Subtitle render buffer is now disabled by default. It doesn’t provide any noticeable performance benefit for most users.
  • A few other small changes
Fixes:

  • Fixed subtitle text encoding bug that caused wrong characters to be displayed (regression in 1.9.9)
  • Fixed issue that caused wrong keyframe to be show in seek preview window. Now a seek will go to the same frame as shown in the preview.
  • Fixed issue in sub picture buffer implementation that could result in reduced rendering performance for animated subtitles in certain cases
  • A few other small fixes
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