Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.9.12 released with improvements

Martin Brinkmann
May 28, 2021
Music and Video

Media Player Classic Home Cinema, or short MPC-HC, is a popular open source media player for Windows. The developers have released Media Player Classic Home Cinema version 1.9.12 this week that introduces several improvements.

You can download and install the release from the official GitHub project site. It is offered as a 32-bit and 64-bit version, and compatible with all 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system starting with Windows Vista.

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One of the main changes of the release is a removal. The developers have removed RealMedia and QuickTime frameworks from 32-bit builds of the media player. These frameworks have not been used anymore according to the release notes, as DirectShow codecs are used to play file formats that the two frameworks supported.

If you do run the media player on a 4K screen, you may notice differences in the display of subtitles. Subtitles use a default texture resolution of 1080p and are then scaled to 4K. The main reason for doing so is that it improves the performance significantly.

Users who prefer the higher texture resolution may change it under Settings > Subtitles > Maximum texture resolution.

As far as other changes are concerned, the player's support for youtube-dl has been improved. One change adds support for downloading subtitles for streams that are extracted by youtube-dl. Users of the new version may set the desired subtitle language under Options > Advanced.

Several other changes have been made to the player's subtitles support. SRT subtitles have HTML tags stripped from them, and enabling OpenSubtitle displays information that an account is required to use the site.

Closing Words

Media Player Classic Home Cinema plays most files that you throw at it. It is liked for a number of reasons besides that, including that it is open source, updated regularly, and very lean from a player's perspective.

Now You: which media player do you prefer? (via Deskmodder)

Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.9.12 released with improvements
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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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