On this tutorial we will see how to use your PC to play your movies and I will show you how to obtain the best quality. Our goal is to play all types of videos (SD, HD, UHD, 4K, DivX, XviD, x264, H264, x265, H265, AVI, MKV, MP4, DVD, Blu-ray, etc...) and audio (MP3, AAC, OGG, AC3, DTS, TrueHD, DTS-HD, FLAC, etc...) with the maximum quality and without spending a single penny. Indeed all softwares that we are going to use 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 PC 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. Dualcore CPU@2Ghz with SSE and a lot more for Ultra HD). As another option you can use your graphics cards to decode the video if your CPU is not powerfull enough.
- A flat TV 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 home theater PC.
- A Home theater amplifier. The sound is a lot better with a home theater amplifier but if you don't have that your TV speakers will do the trick.
Note that I will not detail all options of the softwares we will use but only those required. You will see this is already a very big chunk! If you have any doubt about the options that are not addressed refer to the screenshot provided. Remember, you can ask all the questions you want on the forum.