MPC HC

Over a year ago I put together a quick guide on how to set up Bitstreaming HD Audio using FFDShow. At the time FFDShow was really the only game in town for bitstreaming HD Audio from a PC, but slowly over the past year things have evolved and more solutions have come about. One solution […]

When I built my HTPC around the Intel core i5 (Clarkdale) platform this was my first experience with using Intel for graphics (in the past I had used either ATI or NVidia). The promise with the Intel platform was to build an HD ready HTPC with full HD Audio bitstream support without the need for […]

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT AS OF 25-JAN-2011 DSPLAYER IS NO LONGER BEING DEVELOPED*** A few weeks ago I was browsing the XBMC forums and noticed that there is an XBMC build that integrates an internal Directshow based player (called DSPlayer). This is important for two reason. The first is that that DSPlayer supports hardware acceleration […]

About a week ago I posted a guide on how to display PGS subtitles embedded in mkvs using Haali. At the time the only way to display PGS subtitles in mkvs was to use a combination of Haali and FFDShow. Since writing that guide two important changes have come out. The first is that Mosu, […]

One popular program for creating mkvs that I have written about earlier is MakeMKV, which in a few simple clicks can convert your DVD or Blu Ray disc into an mkv. The one “drawback” is that for Blu Ray discs MakeMKV keeps the subtitles (PGS format) in its original form. While this sounds great, support […]

If you have followed my guides you know I spend a decent amount of time focusing on Windows Media Center. However, I don’t like to lock myself into just one Front End, but instead like to test out different Front Ends. If one comes along that does a better job at what I am looking […]

If you have been following along with my last few posts (The Family IT Guy and Setting Up MPC) the main goal that I was working towards was to finally set up bitstreaming of HD Audio (DTS-MA and TrueHD) with my HTPC. Leading up to the last few months this was only possible by using an […]

MPC HC (known as Media Player Classic – Home Cinema) is a free and versatile audio and video player for Windows. One of the great features of MPC HC is that the audio and video codecs are built-in. What this means is that you don’t have to mess around with dreaded codecs or filters on […]