On this tutorial we will see how to use your PC to play our movies in the best quality possible and make the best use of your TV. Our goal is to obtain the maximum quality without spending a single penny. Indeed all softwares that we are going to use (MPC-HC, madVR, ffdshow, avisynth, etc...) are free unlike commercial players like PowerDVD, WinDVD or TotalMedia Theater. Icing on the cake is that the quality will be better than with these softwares!
Maybe you are wondering why to use a computer to play videos? The answer is simple. You most likely have a PC so no expense to do, it's evolutive, a simple software update can enable some new features and you can achieve the best quality possible.
You can take a look on this page to have an idea of what you'll get : Before / After
- On remarks of dormeur90 from the forum I fixed some little errors :
- I updated some screenshots (ffdshow Video : Show / hide filters - Blur & NR // ffdshow Audio : DirectShow control // MadVR : Rendering) )
- I updated ffdshow Video Resize & aspect - Second possibility
- The tutorial is now only available in English. It's the most popular language on internet and it will be a lot easier for me to update and improve it.
- Ultra HD TV (4K) start to be available so I added it
- Everything has been checked and every part that needed an update has been updated.
- MPC-HC 5.1 is now MPC-HC-Surround and MPC-HC 2.0 is now MPC-HC-Stereo.
Recommended hardware requirements
- A Windows PC (Laptop or Desktop - XP SP3, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10) powerful enough to decode HD (eg. AMD or Intel 2Ghz Dualcore CPU with SSE and a lot more for Ultra HD). As another option you can use your graphics cards (AMD or NVIDIA) to decode the video if your processor is not powerfull enough.
- A LCD TV (LED, OLED, Plasma) or a video projector HD Ready (720p), Full HD (1080p) or Ultra HD 4K (2160p) linked to HDMI, DVI, Display Port or VGA to the HTPC.
- An Home theater amplifier. The sound is a lot better with an amp but if you don't have that your TV speakers will do the trick.
If you have any doubt on the settings, remember that you can ask all the questions you want on the forum.