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  • VLC Media Player icon

    VLC Media Player

    VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Windows RT Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Apple TV PortableApps.com Kindle Fire Haiku Solaris Xfce

    • MPC-HC shows a preview on the thumbnail for all video formats including WebM Guest • Jul 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • Can't save last file position. Can't keep playlists between sessions. Custom hotkeys don't work. Guest • Feb 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • It's all about the functionality while playing, the capability in adjusting the control keys and the skip times configuration. Yeah, it can be personalized and the wide of the compatible video and audio formats is almost equal, yet VLC is still no capable of being personalized in the important thing to me. Guest • Mar 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    SMPlayer

    SMPlayer intends to be a complete front-end for MPlayer, from basic features like playing videos, DVDs, and VCDs to more advanced features like support for MPlayer...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com Haiku

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    • SMPlayer lacks the features and the feel of MPC-HC Guest • Jun 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • It is more complete than MPC and has the same perfomance. sidboyFeb 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • MPV icon

    MPV

    MPV is an audio and movie player based on MPlayer and mplayer2. It supports a wide variety of video file formats, audio and video codecs, and subtitle types.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce

  • MX Player icon

    MX Player

    MX Player - The best way to enjoy your movies. a) HARDWARE ACCELERATION - Hardware acceleration can be applied to more videos with the help of new H/W decoder. ...

    Freemium Android Android Tablet

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    Banshee

    Play your music and videos. Stay entertained and up to date with podcasts and video podcasts. Discover new music with Last.fm radio....

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    • Discontinued No new releases and features since 2014. Latest versions, 2.6.2 (stable) and 2.9.1 (development), released in February and March 2014, are still working and can be downloaded from the official website.
  • KMPlayer icon

    KMPlayer

    The KMPlayer is a versatile media player which can cover various types of container format.

    Free Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad

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    • Bundleware Be careful during installation. https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
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    MPC-BE

    MPC-BE is a free and open source audio and video player for Windows. MPC-BE is based on the original Guliverkli project and "Media Player Classic Home...

    Open Source Windows

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    GOM Media Player

    GOM Media Player (Gretech Online Movie Player) is a freeware media player. Key strengths are the ability to play the majority of media files without the need to obtain a...

    Free Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

    • Bundleware The installer contains additional bloatware that can hijack your browser's settings. Be careful during the installation: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
  • QuickTime Player icon

    QuickTime Player

    Watch Internet video, HD movie trailers, and personal media clips. Whether it’s on the web or on your desktop, QuickTime Player brings your digital media brilliantly to...

  • UMPlayer icon

    UMPlayer

    UMPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems. It plays most MPEG/VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, RealMedia, Matroska, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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MPC-HC Comments

really simple

Positive Comment by fromagnoli92
about MPC-HC Sep 2016

im a media player user and whit this new player i have more fun in less time. highly recommended

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It is so awesome even if it look so simple.

Positive Comment by Weltall
about MPC-HC Dec 2015

I am a Zoom Player user, but the main 3 reasons I ever preferred Zoom Player over MPC, was how you could set Zoom player to play the next media file in the folder, without having to create a playlist for it to play the next file, the ability to zoom in and out the video/window with the mouse wheel and the fact I found a skin that let me shrink the player to the point the window was really tiny, making it perfect for any multitasking work. I also used the shortcut SHIFT+H which would bring the play history in it's nice sleek interface, but that's secondary.

For better or worse, Zoom Player looked better too and all nice, but no matter what, unlike MPC, it did not like external Codec packs. Also after testing for a long time I came to the conclusion that ZP uses more sources than MPC, so MPC is indeed more lightweight.

For anyone that does not like the windows 98 look of MPC, I suggest to look up KCP Codec Pack Black Edition. It is a codec pack compiled to support extra codecs packed with the black edition of MPC, which looks really awesome. If you want to see an image of how it looks if you tinket a bit with it's looks, here it is on my windows 7 machine;

MPCBE

The buttons on the top right do not appear until you move your mouse over there and then they pop up. So do not worry, you won't be watching your movie with these there.

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Very Quick and Responsive!

Positive Comment by Augustianris
about MPC-HC and VLC Media Player Nov 2013

MPC loads videos and music very quickly. When I listen to music through vlc, when I try to start a new song, there is about a two second delay, but with Media PLayer Classic, it is almost instantaneous! Very nice player!

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I liked it

Positive Comment by impossible
about MPC-HC and SMPlayer, VLC Media Player Jul 2013

I liked this media player, it was fast and light. I could not find out if i could see my album covers for my music, which i would have liked. Good player but something keeps bringing me back to other players.

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Better than VLC

Positive Comment by Apaosha
about MPC-HC and ffdshow tryouts, VLC Media Player Sep 2012

MPC-HC is my new favourite player regarding playing 1080p-stuff. It looks so beautiful with ffdshow-tryouts. Much better quality than with VLC.

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Using VLC Player I had always program crashes.

Positive Comment by topofired3
about MPC-HC and VLC Media Player Jun 2011

I was unable to play some videos from a DVD that where in a folder (.NFO, etc) and not in a real disk, using VLC Player I had always program crashes. I downloaded this application (MediaPlayer Clasic Home Cinema) and it works like a charm! Thanks!

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It plays everything without extra codecs

Positive Comment by keeshob
about MPC-HC Jun 2011

The player that plays everything ,without the need for downloading extra codecs.

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Doesn't compare to Zoom Player's UI and lacks customization ...

Comment by ATx
about MPC-HC and Zoom Player Jun 2011

Doesn't compare to Zoom Player's UI and lacks customization options, but it has the best DirectShow filters, it plays about anything. It even offers DirectX Video Acceleration.

You can use MPC-HC's DirectShow filters with Zoom Player for the ultimate multimedia experience.

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THE best player of the moment.

Positive Comment by PeterWilt
about MPC-HC Jun 2011

THE best player of the moment. Beats all the rest with fingers in nose.

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The best video player

Positive Comment by maverickrohan
about MPC-HC Jun 2011

The best and most technically versatile video player without the useless bells and whistles!

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