Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.9.12 released with improvements


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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.
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.


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Media Player Classic - Home Cinema 1.9.13 fixes:
  • Fixed bug that could result in very low quality subtitles in certain situations. [regression in 1.9.12]
  • Fixed video display issue when moving the player to a larger resolution monitor. [regression in 1.9.12]
  • Fixed "launch in fullscreen" option not working when D3D fullscreen exclusive mode was enabled.
  • Fixed issue where a chosen audio dub was not loaded when opening a video through the File menu.
  • Fixed a rare player freeze when manually loading subtitles. Could happen on very old systems if subpicture texture allocation failed.


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Media Player Classic - Home Cinema 1.9.16 changelog:
  • Updated LAV Filters to version 0.75.1-4-gfaff6
  • Updated MediaInfo DLL to v21.09
  • Added advanced option to specify location of Youtube-DL executable.
  • Added support for yt-dlp.exe (fork of Youtube-DL).
  • Added advanced option to display video fourcc and resolution in status bar.
  • Added advanced option to display A-B repeat marker values in status bar.
  • When saving a favorite you can now also store the AB-repeat markers
  • Adjusting subtitle delay now also works with the external VSFilter/XySubFilter subtitle renderers.
  • Enabled processing of play/pause command when no media is loaded, but playlist is not empty. This now also allows resuming playback by pressing spacebar or clicking on the video area.
  • Clicking mouse middle button on the systray icon now toggles play/pause.
  • When the global after playback event is set to "play next file in folder", the player will now close the current file when no next file is available. This allow the screensaver to activate.
  • Added a second WASAPI based internal audio renderer. The existing internal renderer has been renamed to SaneAR (its original name). Don't ask what the difference is between the two. There is little difference in behavior and functionality.
  • Fix for running DVB scan not working in stopped state.
  • Several other small fixes.



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