Media Player Classic – Black Edition is a lightweight video player

Media Player Classic – Black Edition has been round for a very long time, and I am fairly sure a few of you perhaps utilizing it. Some of you might desire Media Player Classic – Home Cinema, which is nonetheless being up to date.

Both applications are fairly similar, as a result of they’re based mostly on the unique Media Player Classic. In reality, MPC – BE is a fork of MPC-HC, so it might probably play all video codecs that HC helps. But MPC-BE has a few options which are not obtainable in HC. So, we’ll solely be taking a look at what’s completely different in MPC-BE.

Tip: you may try our SMPlayer and VLC Media Player evaluations that are two widespread media player choices that you could be wish to try as nicely.

A contemporary interface

Media Player Classic - Black Edition video player

MPC-BE has a trendy GUI, with a darkish theme for the primary display and all its menus, which makes it simpler on the eyes.

Seek preview

While leaping forward or rewinding a video, you do not have to hit the left or proper arrow keys, hoping to cease on the actual time-stamp from which you wish to watch the video. You have a preview in MPC-BE, a visible search bar, which you need to use with precision. It is fairly much like YouTube’s search preview. This is an unbelievable characteristic to have, and one which is particularly helpful in the event you missed the motion on the display.

Tip: You need to allow the preview characteristic from Options > Interface > Enable preview within the search.

YouTube player

Media Player Classic - Black Edition

MPC-BE can play YouTube movies by default, with no consumer required settings in anyway. Copy the URL of the video you want to play, and choose the Open File/URL choice in this system. Hit okay and the video ought to play. You can set the default decision and format of the movies from Options > Online Media Services.

MPC-BE makes use of a constructed-in choice which is based mostly on YouTube-dl (one other open-supply program), to parse the video from the URL. You may even use the player to hunt by means of the streaming video and it really works completely. It would not have search preview for YouTube movies although. It is completely authorized to make use of, because it is solely streaming the video, identical to your internet browser, and also you needn’t preserve a browser open within the background whereas watching the video.

Tip: You can allow the identical in MPC-HC, however it’s important to obtain YouTube-dl manually for it to work.


The settings web page in Media Player Classic – BE is fairly completely different in comparison with HC’s. Mostly the choices are re-organized in the identical web page, however some pages, for e.g. from the Output settings are damaged down into their very own sections, like Video, Audio, and many others,.

LAV Filters

This is one space the place MPC-HC is higher by default, as a result of it ships with LAV Filters, prepared to make use of. But that is not a huge problem because the LAV Filters are additionally open supply, that means you may obtain and set up them in your laptop. Once you’ve executed that, go to MPC-BE’s Options > External Filters > Add Filter and set the LAV Video Decoder and Audio Decoder Filters as the popular one.

Resource Usage and Output Quality

I didn’t discover any main distinction within the useful resource utilization between MPC – BE and MPC – HC when enjoying movies. Though I’ve all the time observed that MPC-BE is barely sooner, in relation to opening information than MPC-HC. The latter takes fairly a few seconds to start out the playback. It’s not a deal breaker although. The output high quality is almost the identical in each, however that is most likely as a result of I exploit the identical settings and filters for MPC-BE and HC.

I exploit each variations sometimes, though I’ll admit that I favor mpv these days. I’ve downloaded, which Martin wrote about just lately, and it appears to be good.

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