- Aug 17, 2014
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 WordsMedia 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.
Media Player Classic Home Cinema version 1.9.12 is out with performance improvements on 4K systems and more.