Media Player Classic Home Cinema Released

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 2, 2012
Updated • Jun 29, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

When it comes to media players there is lots of choice. From default players like Windows Media Player that ship with the operating system to excellent alternatives like VLC Media Player or MPlayer variants like SMPlayer. Media Player Classic Home Cinema is a free video and audio player for the Windows operating system that's designed after the classic Windows Media Player that shipped in earlier versions of Microsoft Windows.

Media Player Classic Home Cinema ships with an extended feature set that makes it a viable option for users who are looking for a lightweight media player that ships with all features that they need to play videos and audio on their systems.

Like VLC or SMPlayer, it includes built-in codecs for many popular video and audio formats, including mp4, mkv, divx, Flash video, Quicktime and RealPlayer, and support for VCD, SVCD and DVD playback.

media player classic home cinema

The player is especially useful on older systems and on systems where system resources are needed for other activities.

Media Player Classic - Home Cinema allows you to enhance, decode and accelerate a broad span of movie formats like x.264 with GPU assisted acceleration and image quality enhancing. The WMP Classic Home Cinema player does not require many system resources than the rest of the video media players to run smoothly. This is a low PC resources windows media player that runs on slower machines with older CPUs.

Media Player Classic Home Cinema has been released yesterday, and the new version features a long list of changes, fixes and new additions.

MPC-HC supports a handful of new formats, including SIPR, VP30/31, WMV3 DXVA and ALAC, as well as MatroskaSplitter QDesign Music, Sorenson and Cinepak video support.

Several of the included applications, like VirtualDub, ffmpeg or Zenlib have been updated to newer versions, and a few dozen issues in the program have been fixed as well.

Existing Media Player Classic Home Cinema users can click on Help > Check for updates, or visit the official page to download the update from there.


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  1. chesscanoe said on July 17, 2017 at 5:08 am

    MPC-HC, my favorite media player, after 11 years will probably fold after releasing version 1.7.13 today. It continues to be offered in x32 and x64 versions, and seems to still work very well – at least it meets my requirements.
    I suggest during the install to check the option to see the skins available, in case there is one attractive to you. (It’s box 3 of 3)

  2. peter said on September 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    very good videoplayer

  3. MPCHC said on May 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    MPC-HC released.

  4. Anonymous said on April 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    What about PotPlayer ? How is this compared to Media Player Classic ?

  5. smaragdus said on April 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    MPC – Home Cinema is one of the best video players available and has a portable version to boot. An excellent open source project that is in active development.

    1. ilev said on April 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      It has 32 bit and 64bit versions, both for portable and install.

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