Media Player Classic (MPC) is a compact media player for 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows. The application mimics the look and feel of the old, lightweight Windows Media Player 6.4 but integrates most options and features found in modern media players. It and its forks are standard media players in the K-Lite Codec Pack and the Combined Community Codec Pack. MPC Homecinema supports a wide range of decoding formats and file formats, following are the details:
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 MPC. MPC-HC can play videos in these formats directly without ffdshow.
MPC provides DXVA support for newer Intel, NVIDIA and ATI video cards when using an H.264 or VC-1 codec. This provides hardware-acceleration for playback.
Supported Video, Audio and Image File Formats:
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. 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. An AAC decoding filter had once been present in MPC.
To make commercial Blu-ray movies playable with Media Player Classic Homecinema, Surely UFUSoft Blu-ray Player for Windows 8.1/8/7 is the first choice for playing Blu-ray Discs with, but there’re other ways to go with when building up a home theater system. With UFUSoft Blu-Ray Ripper for Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP software and an external BD drive (regular optical drive will not read Blu-ray Disc), you can easily rips Blu-ray movies to Media Player Classic friendly format and watch Blu-ray movies from Media Player Classic on HDTV via HDMI cable.
Why bother ripping Blu-ray to Media Player Classic while you have already own a Blu-ray Player or PS3? Firstly, Blu-ray Discs are easy to break, but a digital copy is safe and permanent, even if the data get lost, there’re ways to recover. Secondly, ripping Blu-ray movies to Media Player Classic will protect your Blu-ray Discs from scratches – will you still hunt for a movie in hundreds of DVDs and BDs while you can easily search and play it with a remote control? Thirdly, ripping Blu-ray to MPC-HC solves the problem of BD region code restriction. Commercial Blu-ray Discs could be Region A, B and C, and not a BD player will read full region Blu-ray Discs. Things happen that your BD player refuse to read the BD you BD purchased from oversea market (unauthorized region). After ripping BD to MPC-HC, the movie clips you get is unprotected HD videos, which are acceptable for all media players as long as the codec is supported.
All right, are you ready to put Blu-ray movie collections to Media Player Classic? If yes, follow the easy workflow below to convert BD/ DVD movies to MPC-HC optimized videos:
Step 1. Load Blu-ray Disc or DVD to the Blu-Ray to Media Player Classic Ripper software.
Connect the external BD drive with your PC, and place the blu-ray disc in the blu-ray disc drive. Once you run the UFUSoft Blu-Ray to Media Player Classic Ripper, click “Load BD/DVD” to add Blu-ray movie from BD drive. This Blu-Ray ripping software is able to convert Blu-ray and DVD movies into various video formats, such as WMV, MP4, MOV, M4V, AVI, DivX, MPEG, MKV, FLV, VOB, F4V, FLV, etc up to 1080p.
Step 2. Select an output format for Media Player Classic.
Click on “Profile” bar and to select an output video format supported by MPC-HC. Here you are encouraged to follow “HD Video”>> “DivX HD (*.avi)” or WMV HD (*.wmv)”. The former is widely support by DVD players and HD media players, the latter works with Xbox 360. Both create 1920*1080 HD video clips of 16:9 for HDTV entertaining.
Step 3. Start ripping BD/ DVD movies to MPC-HC optimized videos.
Click “Convert” button to rip Blu-ray and DVD movies to Media Player Classic friendly format.
Step 4. Add Blu-ray and DVD movies to Media Player Classic.
Once the conversion task is completed, you can click “Open” button to get the final output files. Open Media Player Classic and then add converted Blu-ray and DVD movies to Media Player Classic.
Select desired subtitles and audio track: Click the drop-down list of “Subtitle”, then all the subtitle info in the Blu-ray will be displayed for you to select. To select your desired audio track, just click the pull down menu of “Audio”, and then the popup drop-down list will give you the detailed information of all audio tracks, including language, audio codec, and stream ID.
Join BD/ DVD chapters into one: If you would like to rip the whole movie into one file, select all the Titles and click Merge.
Maintain 5.1 surround sound: Click “Settings” and select “5.1 channels” in the drop-down list of Audio Channels.
Keep audio and video sync: To get perfect A/ V synchronization, you need pay attention to frame rate when ripping BD/ DVD movies to Media Player Classic. You can click on “Settings” and try with different frame rate, like 30fps, 29.97 fps, 25fps, 24fps, etc.
Set auto shutdown: Once “Convert” button is clicked, ViewLog pops up. You may check “Shut down computer when conversion completed” in the ViewLog before conversion starts.