Windows comes with its own media player by default, Windows Media Player. Windows Media Player (WMP) is suitable for most of the audio and video formats but when its comes to extensibility, you need to have third party codecs installed in order to play specific formats in Windows Media Player. K-Lite Code Pack is a better choice in the third party codec packs.
But Windows has a good list of free third party media players which have built-in codecs integrated with the media player so the media player can play any kind of multimedia file. KMPlayer is a good choice in third party media players which have built-in codecs.
Media Player Classic Home Cinema (MPC – HC) is another media player which comes with built-in codecs so that you don’t need to install any third party codec packs in order to run majority of the video and audio files. Media Player Classic comes with an interface very similar to Windows Media Player Classic 6.
If you are looking for a very light weight media player which does not take much resources, you will certainly love Media Player Classic Home Cinema. Here are some of the audio and video formats supported by Media Player Classic:
WAV, WMA, MP3, OGG, SND, AU, AIF, AIFC, AIFF, MIDI, MPEG, MPG, MP2, VOB, AC3, DTS, ASX, M3U, PLS, WAX, ASF, WM, WMA, WMV, AVI, CDA, JPEG, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, D2V, MP4, SWF, MOV, QT, FLV
The latest version of Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.6.1 also supports WMV3 DXVA, SIPR, VP30/31 and ALAC. Some of the features of this media player include:
- Option to remove Tearing (usually in Windows XP when playing videos)
- Better support for Windows Vista, including a release for 64 bits platform.
- Support for EVR (Enhanced Video Renderer)
- Supports Subtitles.
- Playback and recording of television if a supported TV tuner is installed.
- Creation of minidump when MPC HC crashes.
- OSD (On Screen Display)
- Shuttle PN31 remote control support
- Support Multi-Monitor configuration
- Pixel shader to convert BT601 – BT701
- YV12 Chroma Upsampling pixel shader
- Language Translations.
- All features from the Guliverkli MPC Project from Gabest.
- Remote control for Android devices.
Download Media Player Classic Home Cinema
MPC – HC 32bit (x86) v126.96.36.19935
MPC – HC 64bit (x64) v188.8.131.5235