Thursday, October 30, 2008

Best movie player - Media Player Classic?

Forget about any other movie player. Or maybe not.

Let's see: we have until now: MPC (media player classic), WMP (Windows media player - default one), VLC (video lan client), BSP (BS player), Radlight, MPlayer, DRP (Dziobas Rar Player), Quicktime.

Al of them are trying to give you the best time watching movies. Some of them requires codecs to be installed in the system (mpc, wmp, bsp, radlight), others are containing their own codecs (vlc, mplayer, drp).

Based on my own experience, there isn't a best player to give you what you need any time you want anything you want. I have used since 2-3 years ago only Radlight + codecs in the system. I have managed to code something for my tvtuner remote control to operate even with Radlight, so everything was just fine. After few system crashes, hard drive failures (not related to movie players and codecs though), I was forced to cut off almost all my daily jobs regarding computer use.

So I began to search alternatives, maybe to install them on memory sticks, maybe not to lose hours downloading and installing players and codecs, etc.

Finally, I came to this conclusion: MPC + codecs + VLC.

1. MPC + codecs for cinema/tv movies
2. VLC for all the others or when 1. is not working.

1a. Media Player Classic has 2 flavors: the normal one and HD (high definition or home theatre).
The normal MPC is contained in Windows or may be downloaded from internet (latest up to now is It can be used for watching everyday movies, along with the required codec. Personally, I only use DivX and AC3 codecs. The HD version can be downloaded from and used to watch HD movies (such as .avi or .mkv ones), or HD and Blueray DVDs.
Even the normal Media Player Classic can be used to watch HD movies, as described here:

1b. For cinema/tv movies (.avi, but remember that avi is not a codec, its a container. the codec may be mpeg2, mpeg4, divx, xvid, etc), I only use Divx and AC3 codecs. These are the ones installed by me, with my own hands, but keep in mind that if you install any NERO software (even only Nero Burning Rom), that suite will install many many other codecs and splitters.

2. When the above method is not working, the VLC is a handy player. It comes with its own codecs and can be used to watch .avi, .mp4, .3gp, .mkv, .flv, .flac, .mov, .wmv. It can even convert movies from a specific format to another, or broadcast the movie over the lan or internet. Or it may be used as tv player or webcam capturing software.

Regarding Media Player Classic and subtitles, the vobsub utility from many codecs packs is not required. MPC will even download subtitles from opensubtitles, without searching yourself all over the net. More of this, on the next post.