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Best MKV media player for PC in 2019?

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andersb wrote: Image

Had the same issue with audio the solution is to downmix to stereo or request stereo audio from the decoder.
Tried just now, doesn't seem to help with the noise Confused Face
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gontori wrote: 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:
The_Guy222 wrote: There's an app called PotPlayer that sometimes plays what VLC can't:

I use it when my computer is struggling to play 4K video, HDR, or high-efficiency codecs such as h.265 10-bit.
I think its just VLC. I have problems with 4K video, HDR, or high-efficiency codecs such as h.265 10-bit in VLC using i7-8086k and 1080Ti. Sometimes random stutters. The h.264 files at 4K do just fine, I tested it on Jellyfish. Maybe its not encoded correctly by whoever is doing the movies? I mean the movies I'm trying to play at 4K h.265 10-bit are not "originals"
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LOL to people using codec packs in 2019.

The default movie & tv app is decent, however i myself just use VLC.

Backup is zoom player.
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felix wrote: Thanks, will try it. Didn't know it now comes with MPC-HC Smiling Face With Open Mouth
MPC-black is still updated, mpc-hc I heard is not.
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im still using GOMplayer, not sure if anyone else uses that still... i like the 'sharpen' video option when im viewing HD cam movies!
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atp2k wrote: Pot player all the way
The only negative is that it has so many configuration options that it can be frustrating looking for something in particular.
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MPC-BE with madVR is excellent for native 4k HDR files and upscaling non-4k content.
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felix wrote: 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.
You need to determine if you have cuda support with your gpu and QuickSync with your cpu. Then you could choose a software that hardware accelarated support.

Also, Exp315 is right, MKV is a container only. Inside you may have h.264, h265 ot other types of videos codec. Nvdia gpu with recent CUDA does amazing things with h.265 !
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Kodi does it for me, when I get fussy Lav filters.
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I use Plex which automatically transcodes the file to the proper codec. I don't know the last time I watched a video on my actual computer, though I do have VLC installed.
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atp2k wrote: Pot player all the way
I tried Pot Player but during the movie, I have sync issues between image and sound.
Very frustrating for just default options.