Less than 24 hours after it was announced that the Media Player Classic project was shutting down, well natured developers have put their hand up to keep the project alive.
In a post on the DVD conversion forum Doom9, one of the remaining developers revealed that "several people" had reached out to offer support to maintain Media Player Classic. "So the project is still alive," the post says.
"Basic maintenance tasks (like updating external components such as LAV Filters) are covered. Ideally we would like to get some actual real development action going too. So we need new and more developers."
The news is a blessing for those (myself included) who used Media Player Classic as their go-to player. While VLC Player and a variety of alternatives like Potplayer exist, MPC's popularity has persisted for a variety of reasons: its support for 4K HDR content, Blu-Ray formats, frame by frame seeking, codecs for Dolby/DTS surround sound, performance and support playing x265 content (particularly 4K or 8K video), its interface, inbuilt LAV filters, and the program's low overhead.
As before, you can download the latest version of MPC-HC (v.1.7.13) here. Those interested in MPC might also want to look at MPC-BE, a project based on Media Player Classic that supports HDR content out of the box.