How to get best quality video playback with madVR and MPC Home Cinema

high quality video playbackmadVR is a new high quality GPU assisted video renderer. I’d say game changing video renderer if it will be developed actively. When I started to use madVR, I was amazed that video playback quality produced by madVR was different from other renderers (Haali, Enhanced Video Renderer, VMR-9) as night and day. Now I don’t need to adjust any contrast, saturation, sharpen or resize options because any video looks perfect right out the box. In addition to madVR, Media Player Classic Home Cinema is the only thing I need to play perfectly all my video files. I’m happy to forget about all these codec packs and mess with updating them.

So what makes madVR outstanding?

Developer of this GPU assisted renderer Madshi says that by developing madVR “highest quality has priority over anything else”. Among madVR unique features: high quality chroma upsampling and scaling (lanczos, spline, etc), high quality YCbCr -> RGB conversion, gamut & gamma correction for display calibration, full 16bit processing queue, final 16bit processing result is dithered down to RGB output bitdepth, bypasses graphics card’s video (damage) algorithms. In a nutshell, this video renderer tries to use all the quality which is present in video file and outputted by video decoders without damaging it on the way. All video resizing and transformation is done in the most efficient way as well.

How I can get best quality video playback using madVR?

Currently madVR is only supported in last builds of Media Player Classic Home Cinema. First of all, you need to download madVR, unpack and install it by clicking .bat file (check out Readme.txt included). Then download latest MPC Home Cinema build and go to View->Options->Output and put checkbox to madVR in Directshow settings column. Now open your favorite movie and enjoy!
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7 thoughts on “How to get best quality video playback with madVR and MPC Home Cinema

  1. Firstly, thanks for the well-written guide, I am keen to try this out. Unfortunately after doing the steps listed the option to select madVR in MPC HC is grayed out for me.

  2. Michael Garmahis July 20, 2009 at 4:54 pm - Reply Author

    I can only suggest to read Doom9 madVR topic (see the link above). I’ve never encountered such a problem. I also updated download link for the latest MPC Home Cinema build.

  3. Does anyone know what the optimal resize settings are in the renderer settings? It uses SoftCubic50 for Luma upsampling and SoftCubic 100 for Chroma resampling, but is it beneficial for image quality to use Lanczos8 instead? What is the difference, really?

  4. I make my own tests when it comes to video quality. I tested all kinds of players and media centers, VLC, MPC-HC, PowerDVD, Media Player (Windows), XBMC… with a ton of different setting. I used all kinds of video renderers VMR9, EVR, madVR. Capturing the exact same frame every time was tricky but after 2 months of comparing the same frame in different players or same player with different settings I can conclude that: - For SD content PowerDVD is a winner, with TrueTheater HD set to the lowest value, TrueTheater Lighting turned off, TrueTheater Motion turned off. - For HD content all players with EVR had almost same results (no important differences). When I tested madVR with MPC-HC the video looked a lot clearer then with EVR. But in the actual screenshots all I can see is les artifacts in darker areas. In reality video looks a lot better with madVR, so I think that screenshots don’t actually capture everything on screen as rendered. Why is that?

  5. Hi, thanks all for the tips. I can say from my end that madVR is also greyed out on latest media player classic (OS: Windows 7) Also tried Power DVD for DVD and while the sharpness feature is spectacular it seemed to me that the latest Microsoft Windows Media Player provided the best quality of playback, to my eye at least. (also tried zoom, vlc ect.)

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