How to Install MadVR and MPC-HC on Windows 11 or 10

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For an awesome media play time, mixing Media Player Classic – Home Cinema (MPC-HC) with MadVR is a popular idea. Getting them to work on your Windows 11 or Windows 10 can be a little bit tricky since you will have to follow a bunch of complicated steps. This guide is here to walk you through everything – how to install them on your PC, set things up, and get the best out of MadVR and MPC-HC.

Also see: How to Add Subtitles to Video in Windows 11

How to Install MadVR and MPC-HC on Windows 11 or 10

What’s MPC-HC and MadVR?

MPC-HC (Media Player Classic – Home Cinema) and MadVR (Madshi Video Renderer) are two pieces of software that make watching videos on Windows knowingly great. They each have very useful features that can make videos look and sound better than they would without them.

MPC-HC is free and doesn’t make your computer slow. It plays all kinds of video and audio files, even the less common ones, without a fuss. It also has some nice features like subtitles, different video sizes, and shortcuts you can set yourself.

What is MPC-HC

It’s made to be easy-to-use for everyone, but it has all the advanced settings that most video enthusiasts need. Even though the official updates stopped in 2017, old users out there are still keeping it going strong.

MadVR, is something you use with MPC-HC to make videos look even better. It’s great at making videos look crisp and clear, no matter if they’re low or high resolution. Plus, it makes colors look more real, especially if you’ve got a fancy HDR screen.

What is MadVR

Useful tip: How to Cut Video Using VLC in Windows 11

Setting up MPC-HC and MadVR

Step 1: Get the software

First off, you need to download the software:

  1. MPC-HC: Go to the MPC-HC GitHub page and get the newest version. It’s an .exe file, so installing it is easy.
  2. MadVR: Check out the MadVR site and download the latest version. It comes in a .zip file, so you’ll have to unzip it later.

Download MPC-HC

Step 2: Put MPC-HC on your PC

After downloading MPC-HC:

  1. Find the .exe file you downloaded and double-click it.
  2. Follow the setup instructions.
  3. Stick with the suggested settings, agree to the terms, and hit Install.Install MPC-HC in Windows 11
  4. Click Finish when it’s done.

Pro tip: Convert SRT to 3D Subtitles and Add them to 3D Movies

Step 3: Get MadVR ready

After getting MadVR:

  1. Go to your Downloads folder and find the MadVR .zip file. Right-click and pick ‘Extract All…’.
  2. Open the madvr folder you just extracted.
  3. Find install.bat, right-click it and choose “Run as administrator“. Say ‘Yes’ if Windows asks for permission.How to Install MadVR in Windows 11
  4. A command window will pop up and then close. That means MadVR is ready to go.MadVR Setup Windows

Step 4: Make MadVR the default renderer in MPC-HC

With both installed, here’s how to make MadVR the default renderer in MPC-HC:

  1. Start MPC-HC.
  2. Go to the menu, click on View, then Options.Media Player Classic View Options
  3. Find Playback on the left, click the arrow to open it, and pick Output.
  4. Look for DirectShow Video on the right, click it and choose madVR.Install MadVR in MPC-HC
  5. Hit Apply, then OK.

Related resource: How to Play VOB Files on Windows 11

Testing your setup

To make sure everything’s working, play a video in MPC-HC:

  1. Right-click the video, choose Filters.
  2. If you see madVR, that means it’s using MadVR to show the video.

MadVR Filters in Media Player Classic

You’re all set! MPC-HC and MadVR are now up and running on your Windows. This combo gives you a top-notch video watching experience with great image quality and lots of custom settings.

Note that MadVR can use up a lot of resources (CPU, GPU, etc.) on your computer. If videos start to stutter or lag, you might need to tweak the MadVR settings or think about upgrading your hardware for the best experience.

Configuring MadVR in MPC-HC

After setting everything up, there are a few MadVR settings you might want to change to get everything running properly. To get to the MadVR settings, right-click on a video that’s playing, pick Filters > madVR and then Edit Settings. Here are some basics to start with:

  • Go to rendering > general settings. Turn on use Direct3D 11 for presentation to keep videos smooth.Configure MadVR Rendering Settings
  • Under scaling algorithms, you will have options for making things look better when you make them bigger or smaller. Starting off with Lanczos (3 taps) for making colors look good and Bicubic60 for making images clearer might be good. But know that the fancier settings will need a stronger computer.MadVR Scaling Algorithms
  • If you’re into HDR technology and your screen can show it, check out devices > hdr to make those videos look even sharper.

Play around with these settings to see what works best for your setup and what you like watching.

One last thing

That’s pretty much the rundown on setting up MadVR and MPC-HC. It might look a bit complicated at first, but stick with it and you’ll eventually get it done and seriously boost your video enjoyment. Don’t hesitate to tweak the settings to find what’s perfect for you.

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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