Whereas I usually flip to VLC participant for all my video taking part in wants, typically it’s good to combine issues up. That is very true when taking part in 1080p HD movies, as a result of VLC tends to lag behind a bit with these. In its place, I discover myself turning to MPC-HC, also called Media Participant Traditional – Residence Cinema.
MPC-HC is out there for each 32-bit and 64-bit Home windows methods. It has a low system footprint, and it could actually play excessive definition content material and not using a hitch. It could possibly additionally play a ton of several types of video codecs, although not fairly as many as VLC from my expertise.
The participant has a ton of choices that may be fully personalized, and there’s completely different skins that may be utilized to customise the appear and feel of the participant’s toolbar. This consists of the helpful means to handle facet ratios, and if you’re on widescreen this will come in useful.
In case you’re questioning why the system footprint is so low, even whereas taking part in HD video, the credit score goes to MPC-HC’s DXVA know-how which permits it to make use of GPU acceleration. Or in different phrases, the media participant will use your video card as a substitute of your CPU to render the media.
Total MPC-HC is a very groovy media participant. I discover myself utilizing it increasingly more each time I play an HD film. And on the subject of pricing, you may’t go mistaken with free. In any case, it’s an open supply participant, so should you do prefer it you may all the time donate a couple of dollars to the developer.