Media Player Classic - Home Cinema v1.7.13

SYSTEM on 21 Jan 2018
  • 41MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 Jul 2017
  • Suggested by Rick

Media Player Classic - Home Cinema (MPC-HC) is a lightweight player with broad format support. It includes keyboard shortcuts, audio/video controls, a web interface for remote control and more. The program is derived from Media Player Classic (MPC), a media player that mimics the interface of Windows Media Player 6.4, and adds support for EVR rendering, H.264 and VC-1 video hardware acceleration, bugfixes, additional languages, decoders and more.

Alternatively, there is an unofficial updated build.

Versions from WinPenPack and PortableApps are also available: X-MediaPlayerClassic_HomeCinema and Media Player Classic - Home Cinema Portable.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP or 7z package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Delete unnecessary language files
  3. Create an empty text file and name it mpc-hc.ini or mpc-hc64.ini
  4. Launch mpc-hc.exe or mpc-hc64.exe
Similar/alternative apps: SMPlayer
What's new? See:

46 comments on Media Player Classic - Home Cinema  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

freakazoid 2011-01-21 05:26

Thread on the TPFC forums discussing portability of MPC-HC here:

MarkB 2011-01-21 12:28

According to the Media Player Classic HC homepage

MPC-HC v1.4.2499 (released on 07-Sep/2010) is the current release.
There are also beta versions available. So, what's the story with "V1.4.2824"?

Emka 2011-01-21 16:52

@MarkB: It's on the sourceforge download page:

TT 2011-02-06 19:51

v.2827 IMMEDIATELY crashes and reboots on WinXP.

bazooka 2011-02-07 16:08

Kicks VLC to the curb in speed, capabilities, and ease of use.

SYSTEM 2011-02-17 07:44

@TT: I have used MPC-HC 1.5.0 on two XP machines and it hasn't caused a BSOD on either of them.


JK 2011-03-01 05:38

Does it support Windows7 ?


harhol 2011-03-03 07:16

@ TT: v.2827 IMMEDIATELY crashes and reboots on WinXP.

Yes, I had the same problem, on 2 PCs, with the ZIP-version - my laptop even would not restart - came Windows warning (blue screen) about damaging the OS/machine!! Horrible!!
So I'm back to the older version...


ChemZ 2011-03-03 19:30

Delete the language DLLs, then use UPX to compress it down to a little over 5megs!


harhol 2011-03-05 19:56

@ChemZ: I had, before starting MPC-HC, deleted all language DLLs except for es, de, fr, it. Do you mean I should delete all of them?
If I then compress the exe-file and the mpciconlib.dll with UPX would then the player start? I would be grateful if you
could give some more help on this. Thanks!


harhol 2011-03-05 20:07

@ ChemZ: some information: above in my first post I mentioned that my laptop wouldn't restart. After many trials it finally restarted but XP was soooo slow that it was impossible to work with any program. Luckily I had a clone of my HDD from just a month ago - I put it into the laptop and
- great joy - the laptop restarted without any problem and all was back to normal, i.e. quick as before.
So I'm really afraid of starting the vers again...


ChemZ 2011-03-09 21:29

@harhol: If you only want English, then you can delete all the DLL files except for mpciconlib.dll.

It really only needs 3 files (mpc-hc.exe, mpc-hc.ini & mpciconlib.dll). After compressing I haven't noticed much of a difference, player still starts and plays as usual.

But I have noticed sometimes it better not to compress DLL files. Some programs don't work right, but MPC HC still seems ok if you do.

Also DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) can be buggy for some ATi graphics cards (green lines, videos looks weird), so turn it off if you need to.


ChemZ 2011-03-09 21:34


JP 2011-04-27 07:27

@ TT, System and another: MPC-HC 1.5 crashed on WindowsXP SP2, not crashed on WindowsXP SP3. Maybe it's a DirectX version - try to upgrade DirectX, or use the older version of MPC (version and older works fine) or SVN version (I tested - works fine)


MarkB 2011-05-14 11:37

You can always get the latest ('beta') build here:

The source is reliable.


Magibon 2011-05-14 13:06

@ MarkB

there are many builds available.
actually, i tried the MatroskaSplitter from that version and it did not work well. It kept pixelating, and when i cued the timeline, it caused lag.
I stick with this version. Has not let me down.

In addition, TPFC does not post Beta Builds unless it's no longer being developed.


MarkB 2011-05-14 15:48

@Magibon. Are you referring to Media Player Classic Home Cinema, or MPC? MPC-HC has most codecs built in and doens't need an external MatroskaSplitter.


Magibon 2011-05-14 23:14

@ MarkB

im referring to the Media Player Classic build you're referring to, built by that russian site. I run multiple players, and am always looking for the best set up for Codecs/PIcture Quality.

Media Player Classic has a Codecs Packs Only separately. I downloaded the beta pack you referred to and tried their MatroskaSplitter.


MarkB 2011-05-15 01:02

@Magibon. I did not refer to Media Player Classic nor to a codecs pack, but only to the the latest builds of Media Player Classic Home Cinema, which is a fork of Media Player Classic with numerous codecs built in.


Goran 2011-05-15 01:49

Media Player Classic Home Cinema from russian site works good for me. MPC is now poor piece of software.


Magibon 2011-05-15 04:56

@ MarkB

You must not understand English.

I was referring to your Beta MPC-HC at
You can download just the "Standalone Filters" which are used by MPC-HC.

They built their own filters, thus their Beta MPC-HC.

You do realize you can register individual codecs via "regsvr32" command?

I manually register FFDshow and Gabest Matroska Splitter to use with WMP and it plays everything i throw at it.

MPC-HC uses internal filters, but you can also specify external filters.
i.e. you can force MPC-HC to use Haali Matroska Splitters.

Now.. back to your Beta package..
i tried their MKV splitter and it pixelates, and stutters when cueing the timeline. Once i experienced that, i did not proceed any further and just dumped it.


Mark B 2011-05-15 18:06

@Magibon. You should write clearer English, so that people can actually understand what you are referring to.

You wrote "Media Player Classic has..." and "the Media Player Classic build...", not Media Player Classic Home Cinema etc.

MPC-HC plays MKV files OK here. Actually this compact player can play about 99.99% of the media files I feed it. VLC can play the other 0.01% and is better at playing web streams in my experience as well as a few other things.


Skibicki 2011-05-16 05:55

The current official release is old. SVN releases are here the site has svn updates for a few freewares...
mpc hc, vsfilter/directvobsub, ffdshow, x264, mingw, peerblock. xchat-wdk. everything is compiled


Magibon 2011-05-16 06:24

@ Skibiicki

thanks for that link..
im always looking for quality codecs ..

unfortunately.. i don't think TPFC is posting that build.

xhmikosr puts out quality builds.

anyone have extracted Haali Matroska Splitter x64?
I don't want to install, and when i extract the installer with 7Zip/UniExtract.. it doesn't work. I have the x32Bit version.
I just need the x64.


Simms 2011-05-19 20:34

Immediately reboots my XP (SP2 & SP3) computers. Worked fine with an earlier version, but I didn't like it THAT much.


JP 2011-06-02 12:54

On the Russian website ( says:

In order for the program to work correctly, you need to install DIRECTX End-User Runtime to the version 9.29.1962 ( 2010.06.07 ) ."

Maybe that's why the MPC / PC crash. SVN version MPC works fine!


TTwrs 2011-07-24 18:30

Program doesn't work with Win2000 and WinXP-sp1.


tproli 2012-01-03 08:46

I dropped a jpg file in it and got a BSOD (winxp sp2).

I will continue using it because it is tiny (below 5MB mpress-ed) and handy and consists of only a few files compared to other media players.


mukhi 2012-04-30 12:13

i can vouch for MPC-HC. unless it fails (which is rare), it is always better than VLC as the former does not form ghost image and so on. i am very surprised to see that MPC-HC can even play a very large size 3D full-SBS file as side-by-side video without a hitch (it does not render "3D" effect though;well, it does not claim either). powerDVD10, the well-known and super-expensive software, which is supposed to play 3D with compatible display, does not play the same file at all.


abc 2012-09-08 17:27

Can someone else confirm that winpenpack launcher for mpc-hc is stealth? my test results (with regshot and windows in virtualbox) came out clean, so I'm using that version.


Fixitman 2013-03-19 00:21

Running version, works fine. RTFM... System Requirements:
* An SSE capable CPU
* The latest DirectX 9.0c runtime (June 2010). Install it regardless of
the operating system, they all need it.
That might be the cause for the people reporting blue screens.
I tried VLC some time back, an it was a dog, it tried to take over my system, won't trust it ever again. MPC (minimalist software for video, unlike "modern" things with playlists and other unnecessary crap and its "modern" version with all that (MPC HC) are great!


outskirter 2013-07-27 00:00

I'm very satisfied with MPC-HC v., but does anyone know how to stop the mouse wheel ("edge scroll" on my touchpad) from acting as a volume control? I can't find it anywhere in the settings, and the only help file is the online manual, which is incomplete. Currently the only way I can disable this is by disabling the edge scroll altogether, but I need it for other purposes.


outskirter 2013-07-27 14:07

Thanks, billon. That was actually the first place I looked, but it only covers keyboard shortcuts, and I have the volume control set at Up Arrow and Down Arrow. I've also looked through all the other settings menus. Previously I was using SMPlayer, which had mouse options, but I like MPC-HC much better.


Ruby 2013-07-27 18:36

It's controllable via 'Keys' in 'Options'
View > Options... > Player > Keys - scroll down about halfway to 'Volume Up' | 'Volume Down' under the 'Command' tab - scroll to the right and click 'Wheel Up' | 'Wheel Down' for options.


outskirter 2013-07-27 20:16

@Ruby: Wow, that's it; thanks very much! After all the years I've been using Windows software I'm amazed that I managed to overlook the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom. Wish those Windows dialog boxes were resizable!


skall 2015-02-18 16:52

if only seeking was not so terrible slow with this player. trying to find a solution but nothing works. seems i have to stay with potplayer where seeking is VERY fast.


SYSTEM 2015-02-20 05:28

@skall: Have you tried the fast seek option (View -> Options -> Tweaks)?


skall 2015-02-20 09:49

@system: yes, but unfortunately that didnt change a thing. when seeking through a clip it takes nearly 2 sec. until playback resumes, it is not seamless at all (core i5 8gb ram). such a pitty, as i really would like to give mpc a chance. wonder if i am the only one having this problem?


ripu 2015-02-20 20:06

@skall For me mpc-hc is much faster than potplayer, both in seeking and opening a media file. Make sure to check "Fast seek" in "Options->Tweaks". You can also try to reset the settings from "Options->Miscellaneous".


skall 2015-02-21 11:27

@ripu: thank you for your suggestion. i did reset the settings, but it makes no difference at all. still the same problem here (although fast seek on). searching the net shows several hits regarding the seeking problem, but i have not found a solution to it.


joby_toss 2015-03-01 13:20

In my case, the seeking feature of MPC-HC is not painfully slow, but it's definitely slower than with MPC-BE, for example:


starshakur 2016-08-16 15:53

It doesn't matter whether your system is 32 or 64 bit, it's the version of MPC-HC you download that matters about the .ini.

I'm using Windows 10 64-bit but the 32-bit version of MPC-HC, the application didn't change the mpc-hc64.ini at all but the mpc-hc.ini.


starshakur 2017-04-05 14:27

Typo @ How to extract 3.

.ini, not .exe


__philippe 2017-04-05 15:45


.ini fixed, innit ? ...;-)


billon 2017-07-16 19:12

"v1.7.13, the latest, and probably the last release of our project…"


MIKLO 2017-08-26 13:58

No matter what IMO Media Player Classic has always been, and will always be the best overall Media Player. I've been using for a very long time on many different OS's and it fulfilled my needs on all of them. I like the look and all the rest, maybe I'm being partial but so what it works 4me :) Great job by the makers so thanks for the hard work.


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