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Setting up MPC

Media Player Classic is a small and lightweight media player (both video and audio) for Windows. The player is meant to bring the feel of the original Windows Media Player but along with a huge variety of options and customization you would find in a modern player. Being developed by “Gabest”, it is open source at SourceForge.

Formats by Default

Media Player Classic is able to play a huge variety of media codecs it has prepackaged without downloading any external codecs or plugins. Be default, MPC is able to play VCD, SVCD and DVD. MPC has codecs like MPEG-2 Video and LPCM, MP2, 3GP, AC3 and DTS audio. Common video formats like AVI, MP4, MKV and WMV are supported fully.

Media Player Classic - Home Cinema

MPC-HC is a massive update from the original version to remove tearing, add more video decoders (like H.264 and VC-1), enhanced video renderer support and bug fixes. It is also the first media player to implement color management support.

The Actual Guide

Media Player Classic is great on it’s own, but a huge library of filters online can expand the experience of this media player. For example, being able to play lossless audio in real time and tweak your video quality settings to whatever your filter can manage. There are many filters to handle and you can choose which one you like the best, but this guide lists the most common and popular filters by default.

Install Automatically or Manually?

Some people like to pre packaged certain filters and put them into a highly customizable program so that the user doesn’t have to go through the pain of doing it themself. Although, manually adding them isn’t so hard, it’s a nice choice to save yourself the time. A well known Codec pack specifically made for MPC-HC is the KCP (Kawaii Codec Pack). Actually made for watching Anime in crisp definition, I found it suitable for any video (although, quality for movies may not be at it’s greatest since this is made for 2D animation).

Kawaii Codec Pack comes with MadVR which is an extremely popular video filter. LAV Filters which are great for adding in extra decoders and format support. xy-VSFilter manages smooth video playback and increases media player performance. ReClock is an optional filter, but it manages hardware performance when playing AVI or MPEG video files in order to remove jerky video playback. An option is also available to enable lossless audio playback in Blu-Ray video files or any video with it. The KCP is available at the haruhichan forums over here. Installing it shouldn’t be of any pain, and the user can select what filters they can have (it is recommended to just stay with the already selected).

After that, you can open up MPC-HC and start setting up the program itself. Clicking on the ‘View’ button on the menu bar, you can select Options (or press O). From there, you can heavily customize MPC. The first thing to do is make MPC-HC your default media player (or at least make sure all video files are able to open with it). You can do this by collapsing the ‘Player’ pane in the Options window, then click on ‘Format’. Under the ‘Association’ category, you can click on either the ‘Video’ button to force all video formats to open with MPC, or the ‘Audio’ button so that every audio format will open with MPC. You can also choose the ‘All’ button to force both video and audio or manually customize each file type under the ‘File extensions’ category. With that done, you can choose to do whatever you wish to do at this point. If at any point you find that the audio of the video you are currently playing is too low, you can edit a ‘Boost’ slider. You can find this by collapsing the ‘Internal Filters’ pane and clicking the ‘Audio Switcher’ pane. You can slide the ‘Boost’ to the right until you are satisfied. With these settings, your video should be playing optimally and efficiently.

Option References

The following is going to list what each function does under a certain pane in the ‘Options’ window:

Player

  • Open Options: There are two radio buttons that allows you to choose how many instances of MPC-HC you can have open at a time.
  • Other: This is a list of random radio buttons that manages the internal settings of MPC.
  • Title Bar: A list of options to change the display of the title bar of the MPC window.
  • History: A list of options to tell MPC what to remember.

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