Media Players

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NOTE: The old (and outdated) contents of this page have been moved to Media Players (old)

Windows Players

Video players generally are separated into two groups on Windows. Ones that use DirectShow (or Media Foundation, which is a newer set of Windows APIs that the components of CCCP do not yet support), and ones that do not use it. The latter ones usually completely depend on internal libraries distributed within or with the player, while the ones in the first group generally use DirectShow filters installed on the system (although loading filters locally is possible, just like with the internal filters in Media Player Classic Home Cinema).

Using DirectShow / Media Foundation

Players that can use the CCCP filters in one way or another as their main way of playback.

Media Player Classic Home Cinema (Included with CCCP)

A continuation of the MPC project. The single included player with the CCCP.

Homepage: http://mpc-hc.org/

Zoom Player (Acceptable / Good Player)

Tested with version 8.7 beta, after previous testing without Smart Play with version 8.5. Once again has a version that is free for non-commercial use. DVD playback is no longer limited to payware versions.

The installers contain OpenCandy (you will get an offer for a random piece of software during the installation), and it is recommended to disable the Install Center checkbox in the installer and generally not touch it, as its effects to the CCCP can be detrimental. While it is possible that in the future the Smart Play system can break down by default, currently it seems to work generally well, and the preset files seem to be hand-editable. The abundance of options will most probably make an avid tweaker squeal, but others may find it hard to use. Generally a seemingly good player, but the OpenCandy part makes me want to put it in the list of "acceptable" ones.

Homepage: http://www.inmatrix.com/zplayer/

Not using DirectShow / Media Foundation

Players that do not use anything that comes with the CCCP as their main way of playback.

mpv (Good Player for experienced users)

Currently the most up-to-date and modern continuation of what used to be MPlayer, forked from a fork called MPlayer2 (a.k.a. MPlayer-uau) that originally added segment linking and ordered chapters playback capability for *nix users.

Contains a very high quality OpenGL3-based renderer by wm4 ("opengl", "opengl-hq"), as well as a new libass-based OSD implementation. Lachs0r's Windows binaries are available here.

Homepage: http://mpv.io/

VLC media player (Acceptable Player)

As weird as it might sound after years of laughing at "the cone", VLC is currently - as of the 2.x releases - one of the most supporting and easy-to-use players in general. While its video rendering on some systems leaves some things to be desired (wrong color matrices used during rendering with certain renderers and such), those are by now relatively minor problems, and VideoLAN is generally quick at responding and dealing with issue reports.

Supports segment linking and ordered chapters, as well as has a relatively good MPEG-TS parser.

Homepage: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Mac OS

As DirectShow is a purely Windows concept, the alternatives listed for OS X have generally nothing to do with CCCP itself. In general these are integrated solutions that use the same libraries that f.ex. LAV Filters bases upon.

mpv (Good Player for experienced users)

Currently the most up-to-date and modern continuation of what used to be MPlayer, forked from a fork called MPlayer2 (a.k.a. MPlayer-uau) that originally added segment linking and ordered chapters playback capability for *nix users.

Contains a very high quality OpenGL3-based renderer by wm4 ("opengl", "opengl-hq"), as well as a new libass-based OSD implementation. A compilation guide for OS X via the Homebrew package management system is available here.

Homepage: http://mpv.io/

VLC media player (Good Player for most users)

As weird as it might sound after years of laughing at "the cone", VLC is currently - as of the 2.x releases - one of the most supporting and easy-to-use players for unix-like systems. While its video rendering on some systems leaves some things to be desired (wrong color matrices used during rendering with certain renderers and such), those are by now relatively minor problems, and VideoLAN is generally quick at responding and dealing with issue reports.

Supports segment linking and ordered chapters, as well as has a relatively good MPEG-TS parser.

Homepage: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Linux

Same thing as with OS X: As DirectShow is a purely Windows concept, the alternatives listed for Linux have generally nothing to do with CCCP itself. In general these are integrated solutions that use the same libraries that f.ex. LAV Filters bases upon.

mpv (Good Player for experienced users)

Currently the most up-to-date and modern continuation of what used to be MPlayer, forked from a fork called MPlayer2 (a.k.a. MPlayer-uau) that originally added segment linking and ordered chapters playback capability for *nix users.

Contains a very high quality OpenGL3-based renderer by wm4 ("opengl", "opengl-hq"), as well as a new libass-based OSD implementation.

Homepage: http://mpv.io/

VLC media player (Good Player for most users)

As weird as it might sound after years of laughing at "the cone", VLC is currently - as of the 2.x releases - one of the most supporting and easy-to-use players for unix-like systems. While its video rendering on some systems leaves some things to be desired (wrong color matrices used during rendering with certain renderers and such), those are by now relatively minor problems, and VideoLAN is generally quick at responding and dealing with issue reports.

Supports segment linking and ordered chapters, as well as has a relatively good MPEG-TS parser. Depending on your Linux distribution, the packages VLC bases on might be older or newer, notable ones being libavcodec, -format as well as libass.

Homepage: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/


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