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Best MKV media player for PC in 2019?

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Best MKV media player for PC in 2019?

What is everyone using these days to play .mkv media? I was previously using CCCP (with built-in MPC-HC) but it hasn't been updated since 2015. I tried VLC Media Player, MPC-HC, Win10 built-in player, but they seem to occasionally stutter during playback.
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It stutters probably because of your hardwares, not able to decode new encodings. What are the PC's specs
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Or more accurately it's because of the codec, which is an independent component which may be shared by different media players. But media players sometimes install their own preferred codec packs, which may install a default codec which is better or worse than the one you had before. Some codecs may take special advantage of your CPU or graphics card hardware, others may be plain software codecs with lower performance. You can use an app like GSpot to check what codecs you have installed and which one is being used for a particular video file. Keep in mind that MKV is just a container format, so you have to look more specifically at the video encoding being used in that MKV file.
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It's been a long time since I had a computer that didn't have enough power to use MPC-HC or VLC Media Player's default codecs. The last time I had to install my own codec to make it work was the old MPC (before it became MPC-HC). I think the codec was called coreAVC. That being said we're talking 10 years ago. I think it was an 800mhz p3. Most modern computers should be able to handle 720p/1080p no problem. Slightly older ones would probably struggle on 2k/4k.
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Has always been VLC for me.
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GOM is good, just no need to update.
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I generally use VLC to play up to H.264 video file format.
Even when I have an i7-4700HQ @ 2.40 GHz with 16 GB RAM, 2 GB GTX 860M video card with a 4K monitor laptop, it stutters when I play H.265 videos.
I've used PowerDVD 18 to play 4K videos.
Strangely enough, some 4K videos play smoother under the PC mode, while others play better in the TV mode.
It also depends on the bitrate.

Check the following link to do some testings: http://jell.yfish.us/
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MPC-BE is still updated regularly and it's based on MPC-HC.
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Exp315 wrote:
Apr 11th, 2019 9:40 am
Or more accurately it's because of the codec, which is an independent component which may be shared by different media players. But media players sometimes install their own preferred codec packs, which may install a default codec which is better or worse than the one you had before. Some codecs may take special advantage of your CPU or graphics card hardware, others may be plain software codecs with lower performance. You can use an app like GSpot to check what codecs you have installed and which one is being used for a particular video file. Keep in mind that MKV is just a container format, so you have to look more specifically at the video encoding being used in that MKV file.
Yes, maybe it's the codec. Using CCCP's codec it works fine.
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LAV Filters and use whatever player you like that supports external filters.
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andersb wrote:
Apr 12th, 2019 3:27 pm
MPC-BE is still updated regularly and it's based on MPC-HC.
Thanks tried it just now. It doesn't zoom 100% by default for some reason, and subtitle font doesn't look as good. I only tried for a minute though.

Also anyone notice in many movies, the speaking audio is too quiet, and background audio too loud? Basically I'm having similar issue as this person : https://www.reddit.com/r/techsupport/co ... od_mp4mkv/
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felix wrote:
Apr 12th, 2019 4:02 pm
Thanks tried it just now. It doesn't zoom 100% by default for some reason, and subtitle font doesn't look as good. I only tried for a minute though.

Also anyone notice in many movies, the speaking audio is too quiet, and background audio too loud? Basically I'm having similar issue as this person : https://www.reddit.com/r/techsupport/co ... od_mp4mkv/
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Had the same issue with audio the solution is to downmix to stereo or request stereo audio from the decoder.

For the subtitles install https://www.videohelp.com/software/XySubFilter :)

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Personally, I like the minimalist interface (press 2) then press CTRL+0:

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I like these features:

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I use k-Lite codec Full one
https://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm
Which will have Media Player Classic Home Cinema (MPC-HC)
Use the x64 one if Windows is 64 bit.
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