Media Player Classic Home Cinema
Do not be fooled by its outdated appearance, this player is very powerful. Media Player Classic Home Cinema is able to decode all alone a large number of video and audio formats. We will use ffdshow, in complement, which, if your PC is powerful enough, will allow to improve video quality thanks to different filters. If your PC is not powerful enough Media Player Classic Home Cinema can take advantage of hardware acceleration of graphics card for DXVA decoding, on the other hand you can not use ffdshow filters. Still in case your processor is not powerful enough, if you have a Nvidia graphics card MPC-HC will allow you to use hardware acceleration CUVID (CUDA) which allows the use ffdshow filters.
We are going to create 2 directories to have 2 MPC-HC installations, one, for example, for headphones and stereo speakers (MPC-HC 2.0) and the other for 5.1 amplifier (MPC-HC 5.1). If you do not really need one of course you can install only one.
Create a MPC-HC 2.0 directory and another one MPC-HC 5.1 where yon want on you hard drive. In these directories put the files in the archive of Media Player Classic Home Cinema that you have downloaded. For "MPC-HC 2.0" you have to rename the executable mpc-hc.exe to mpc-hc 2.0.exe.
We will create a shortcut on the desktop by right clicking on the executable of MPCHC (mpchc.exe and mpchc 2.0.exe) and clicking on "Create Shortcut." Then just cut / paste the shortcut on the desktop. MPCHC may require to be launched as administrator, so right click on the shortcut and then "Properties", "Advanced" and select "Open as administrator".
Now let's move on Media Player Classic Home Cinema configuration. We will only set MPC-HC 5.1, we will simply copy the settings file mpc-hc.ini which is going to be created and paste it into MPC-HC 2.0.
Precision, click "Apply" each time you configure a part.
Please note that if you are in analog or HDMI PCM to enjoy of DTS-HD it will require that you install TotalMedia Theater and you copy in the directory LAVFilters of MPC-HC the dll "dtsdecoderdll.dll" of the directory of TotalMedia Theater (work only with in 32 bits).
Open Media Player Classic Home Cinema, by double clicking on the shortcut you created earlier. For the needs of this tutorial we'll put it in English by doing "view" then "Language" and choose "English". Now go to "View" then "Options". Put yourself on "Player", we are going to see the menu in the order. Check "Store settings to .ini file" to save the settings to a .ini file. Also check "Show OSD" to display the information during playback (eg if you want forward in the movie ...).
This part aims to associate certain formats to MPC-HC. You don't have to associate formats to MPC-HC but it can be convenient because by double-clicking on a video file, MPC-HC will start automatically. If you use AutoFrequency and you associate formats with it, do not make any association with MPC-HC. If this is not the case do this operation at the end of the configuration of MPCHC do it with MPC-HC 5.1 or with MPC-HC 2.0 because you can, of course, apply this feature to only a single player. Choose format by checking it or, more simple, click the button "video" to select all video formats..
Adjust as you like keyboard shortcuts. Don't forget Ctrl+C shortcut (you can also change it) that will be very useful to quit a video. I prefer to use the exit command to close Media Player Classic Home Cinema by pressing the letter X (Alt+X by default). You can change audio track by pressing A and subtitle by pressing S. It is also useful to set a delay to the sound track with + and - or to the subtitles with F1 et F2 during playing to synchronize if needed.
Uncheck "Auto-zoom". Check the boxes "Auto-load audio files" and "Auto-load subtitles" to load the subtitles and audio files automatically.
Image Credits: Jaako
- 1. Intro
- 2. Selecting Softwares
- 3. Media Player Classic Home Cinema - 1
- 4. Media Player Classic Home Cinema - 2
- 5. Media Player Classic Home Cinema - 3
- 6. Media Player Classic Home Cinema - 4
- 7. ffdshow Video - 1
- 8. ffdshow Video - 2
- 9. ffdshow Video - 3
- 10. ffdshow Video - 4
- 11. madVR - 1
- 12. madVR - 2
- 13. ffdshow Audio - 1
- 14. ffdshow Audio - 2
- 15. Reclock
- 16. AutoFrequency
- 17. Tips
- 18. Before / After
- 19. Conclusion