Media Player Classic

Summary

Media Player Classic (MPC), Media Player Classic - Home Cinema (MPC-HC), and Media Player Classic - Black Edition (MPC-BE) are a family of free and open-source, compact, lightweight, and customizable media players for 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows. The original MPC, along with the MPC-HC fork, mimic the simplistic look and feel of Windows Media Player 6.4, but provide most options and features available in modern media players. Variations of the original MPC and its forks are standard media players in the K-Lite Codec Pack and the Combined Community Codec Pack.

Media Player Classic
Original author(s)Gabest
Developer(s)MPC Community Forum
Initial releaseMay 30, 2003; 19 years ago (2003-05-30)
Final release
6.4.9.0[1] / March 20, 2006; 16 years ago (2006-03-20)
Preview release
Fork by clsid - Final release:
6.4.9.1 Revision 107[2][3] / February 14, 2010; 12 years ago (2010-02-14)
RepositoryOriginal:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/guliverkli/
Fork: 6.4.9.1
https://sourceforge.net/projects/guliverkli2/
Written inC++
Operating systemWindows
SizeOriginal: 2.2 MB (Zip)
6.4.9.1: 2.1 MB (Zip)
Available in11 languages[4]
List of languages
English, Russian, Chinese(Simplified), Chinese(Traditional), Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Ukrainian
LicenseGPL-2.0-or-later
WebsiteOriginal MPC on Doom9
MPC 6.4.9.1 on Doom9

This project is now principally maintained by the community at the Doom9 forum. The active forks are Media Player Classic - Home Cinema (MPC-HC) by clsid2 (same developer known as clsid responsible for MPC 6.4.9.1), and Media Player Classic - Black Edition (MPC-BE) by aleksoid.

Media Player ClassicEdit

 
Japanese MPC 6.4.8.3 audio playback on Wine

The original Media Player Classic was created and maintained by a programmer named "Gabest" who also created PCSX2 graphics plugin GSDX. It was developed as a closed-source application, but later relicensed as free software under the terms of the GPL-2.0-or-later license. MPC is hosted under the guliverkli project at SourceForge.net. The project itself is something of an umbrella organization for works by Gabest.

Media Player Classic development stalled in May 2006. Gabest, the main developer of the original version, stated in March 2007 that development of Media Player Classic is not dead but that he was unable to work on it.[5] MPC 6.4.9.0, released March 20, 2006, is the final official version.

ForksEdit

Media Player Classic 6.4.9.1Edit

In August 2007, an unofficially patched and updated build became available, from Doom9 member clsid, hosted under the guliverkli2 project at SourceForge.net. Known as Media Player Classic 6.4.9.1, it was meant for fixing bugs and updating outdated libraries; its branch's development has been inactive since 2011. MPC 6.4.9.1 Revision 107, released February 14, 2010, is the final release version.[6][7] The community at the Doom9 forum has since further continued the project with MPC-HC.

Media Player Classic - Home CinemaEdit

Media Player Classic - Home Cinema
Developer(s)MPC-HC Community Forum
Initial releaseSeptember 2007; 14 years ago (2007-09)
Stable release
1.9.21.2[8] / April 15, 2022; 2 months ago (2022-04-15)
Preview release
1.9.21.19 (x64 only)[8] / May 9, 2022; 59 days ago (2022-05-09)
RepositoryOriginal:
https://github.com/mpc-hc/mpc-hc
Fork: clsid2
https://github.com/clsid2/mpc-hc/
SizeIA-32: 15.6 MB (Exe)
x86-64: 17 MB (Exe)
Available in42 languages[9]
List of languages
Arabic, Armenian, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bosnian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English (British), Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Malay, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish, Spanish, Tatar, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
LicenseGPL-3.0-or-later
WebsiteMPC-HC official website (inactive)
MPC-HC on Doom9 (active fork by clsid)

A fork, called Media Player Classic - Home Cinema (MPC-HC), adds new features, as well as fixes bugs and updates libraries.[10] It also updated the license to GPL-3.0-or-later.

MPC-HC updates the original player and adds many useful functionalities including the option to remove tearing, additional video decoders (in particular H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2 with DirectX Video Acceleration support), Enhanced Video Renderer support, and multiple bug fixes. There is also a 64 bit-version of Media Player Classic - Home Cinema for the various Windows x64 platforms. MPC-HC requires at least Windows XP Service Pack 3.

As of version 1.4.2499.0, MPC-HC implemented color management support, an uncommon feature that nearly all video players on Microsoft Windows lack.[11] Windows 8 support was introduced in version 1.6.5.[12] Beginning with version 1.6.6 the stable releases are signed.[13]

Apart from stable releases as published, nightly builds are also publicly available.[14][15] MPC-HC is also distributed in the PortableApps format.[16] MPC-HC 1.7.8 released in 2015 was built with the MediaInfoLib 0.7.71.

MPC-HC 1.7.1 added support for HEVC format.

MPC-HC 1.7.13 now requires SSE2 supporting CPU and no longer runs on Intel Pentium III or AMD Athlon XP.

MPC-HC 1.7.13 is the final version and the program has been officially discontinued as of July 16, 2017, due to a shortage of active developers with C/C++ experience.[17] Its source code on GitHub was last updated on August 27, 2017, a month and a half after the official final version.[18]

Updated forkEdit

MPC-HC 1.7.xx Maintenance versions released, bug fixes.

MPC-HC 1.8.xx Youtube-DL integration, maintenance, bug fixes.

MPC-HC 1.9.xx Black Theme added, modern toolbars, better subtitle handling, video preview on seekbar, improved translations, various small features, maintenance, bug fixes.

Updated builds of MPC-HC, a fork from the same developer (known as clsid2 on GitHub/SourceForge) responsible for MPC 6.4.9.1, started appearing in January 2018. This fork contains updated internal codecs (LAV Filters), AV1 support, youtube-dl integration, a new dark theme, video preview on seekbar, support for MPC Video Renderer, A-B Repeat, subtitle performance improvements, updates to some other external components, other improvements, and many bug fixes;[19][20] support for Windows XP was also dropped in these builds.[19] Binary releases are available,[8] as well as source code.[21]

Media Player Classic - Black EditionEdit

Media Player Classic - Black Edition
Developer(s)Alexander Vodiannikov
Initial releaseSeptember 12, 2012; 9 years ago (2012-09-12)
Stable release
1.6.1.6845 [22] / January 30, 2022; 5 months ago (2022-01-30)
Preview release
1.5.6.5943 [23] / January 10, 2021; 17 months ago (2021-01-10)
Repositoryhttps://sourceforge.net/projects/mpcbe/
SizeIA-32: 13.1 MB (Zip)
x86-64: 14.3 MB (Zip)
Available in25 languages
List of languages
Russian, Basque, Belarusian, Catalan, Chinese(Simplified), Chinese(Traditional), Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese(Brazil), Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian
LicenseGPL-3.0-or-later
Websitempcbe.sourceforge.io

Media Player Classic - Black Edition (MPC-BE) is a fork of MPC and MPC-HC. It moved away from MPC's aim to mimic the look and feel of Windows Media Player with updated player controls and provides additional features on top of MPC-HC such as a video preview tooltip when hovering the mouse cursor over the seek bar, as known from video platforms such as YouTube and Dailymotion, though many of these features, including the video preview on seekbar, were added to MPC-HC at a later date.[24][25]

MPC-BE, however, doesn't include LAV filters by default, making it less efficient than MPC-HC for decoding. This is most noticeable with higher resolution files, newer codecs, or on lower end hardware.[26]

Player development began in February 2011. Developers used a modification of MPC-HC made by a programmer nicknamed "bobdynlan".

The first version (1.0.1.0) was released on September 12, 2012.[27]

Starting with version 1.5.0, MPC-BE no longer supports Windows XP.[28]

MPC-BE version 1.5.1 and newer require SSE2 supporting CPU and no longer run on Intel Pentium III or AMD Athlon XP.[29]

Nightly builds are also available.[23][24]

Media formats and featuresEdit

In this section Media Player Classic and MPC refer to both the original MPC and its forks, unless otherwise specified.

Media Player Classic is capable of VCD, SVCD, and DVD playback without installation of additional software or codecs. MPC has built-in codecs for MPEG-2 video with support for subtitles and codecs for LPCM, MP2, 3GP, AC3, and DTS audio; along with native playback of the Matroska container format. MPC also contains an improved MPEG splitter that supports playback of VCDs and SVCDs using its VCD/SVCD/XCD Reader. On October 30, 2005, Gabest added MP4 and MPEG-4 Timed Text support.[30] Adobe Flash movies (SWF) can be played and frames jumped to.[31]

Supported media formats within the latest builds of MPC-HC and MPC-BE have been considerably expanded compared to the original MPC, as these builds are bundled with iterations of libavcodec and libavformat. MPC-HC version 1.7.0 and newer utilize LAV filters,[32] while MPC-BE uses FFmpeg directly.[33] Consequently, they support all formats from those libraries.

MPC-HC is also one of the first media players to support Dolby Atmos audio natively.

MPC can use an INI file in its application folder,[34] making it a portable application.

DirectShowEdit

Media Player Classic is primarily based on the DirectShow architecture and therefore automatically uses installed DirectShow decoding filters. For instance, after the open source DirectShow decoding filter ffdshow has been installed, fast and high quality decoding and postprocessing of the MPEG-4 ASP, H.264, and Flash Video formats is available in the original MPC. MPC-HC and MPC-BE, however, can play videos in these formats directly without ffdshow.

MPC-HC and MPC-BE also provide DXVA support for compatible Intel, NVIDIA, and ATI/AMD video cards when using a compatible codec. This provides hardware-acceleration for playback.

In addition to DirectShow, MPC can also use the QuickTime, RealPlayer, and SHOUTcast codecs and filters (if installed on the computer) to play their native files.[35] Though some of these files may play without the external codecs or filters installed. Alternatively, QuickTime Alternative and Real Alternative can be used in place of their player installations for expanded support of their respective file formats.

TV tunersEdit

MPC supports playback and recording of television if a supported TV tuner is installed.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Original MPC builds". Retrieved 2021-07-04.
  2. ^ "MPC 6.4.9.1 builds". Retrieved 2021-07-04.
  3. ^ "MPC 6.4.9.1 changelog". Retrieved 2021-07-04.
  4. ^ "Original MPC translations". Retrieved 2021-07-04.
  5. ^ "SourceForge's discussion about project status". Retrieved 2011-04-06.
  6. ^ "Doom9's topic on Media Player Classic patched build". Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  7. ^ "Patched MPC 6.4.9.1". SourceForge project Guliverkli2. 2011-04-10. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
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  10. ^ "Doom9's topic on Media Player Classic - Home Cinema". Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  11. ^ Attila Tamás Áfra (2010-09-20). "ICC color management in Media Player Classic - Home Cinema" (blog). Retrieved 2014-02-09.
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  13. ^ XhmikosR (2013-02-25). "Binaries are signed". MPC-HC.org. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  14. ^ "Media Player Classic - Home Cinema". MPC-HC Nightly. 2016-02-21. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  15. ^ "Media Player Classic - Home Cinema". free-codecs.com. 2013-03-29. Retrieved 2013-04-01.
  16. ^ "MPC-HC Portable 1.6.5 Released". PortableApps. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-02-11.
  17. ^ "v1.7.13 is released and farewell". mpc-hc.org. 2017-07-16. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  18. ^ "Commits · mpc-hc/mpc-hc · GitHub". GitHub. 2017-08-27. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
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  20. ^ "Newvers". Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  21. ^ "Clsid2/MPC-hc". 7 July 2021.
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  24. ^ a b "Media Player Classic - BE Win32/x64". Doom9. Archived from the original on 2013-03-07. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  25. ^ "It's movie time! Grab the popcorn and Media Player Classic-BE". BetaNews. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  26. ^ "Which Media Player Classic to Download?". Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  27. ^ "MPC-BE x64 1.0.1.0". SourceForge project MPC-BE. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  28. ^ "Поддержка Windows XP".
  29. ^ "Media Player Classic - BE Win32/x64".
  30. ^ Doom9 - Media Player Classic supports Matroska v2, *.mp4, *.mov, and MPEG-4 Timed Text
  31. ^ Rizwan, Amaan (2 February 2020). "How to Open SWF files? Best SWF Players for Windows/macOS". TechWorm. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  32. ^ "v1.7.0 is released". mpc-hc.org. 2013-09-29. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  33. ^ "Complete Version history / Release notes / Changelog for MPC-BE". videohelp.com. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  34. ^ "Media Player Classic v6.4.9.1". The Portable Freeware Collection. 2012-08-20. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  35. ^ "Installing Media Player Classic - A step by step guide". Gizmos Freeware Reviews. 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2013-01-23.

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