Setting up HQ Video playback on Windows

Jason Hee
4 min readFeb 4, 2021

I recently had to setup a new Windows PC, and I realised that the resources for setting up HQ local video playback were all over the place. I decided to consolidate those resources and write a guide.

Step 1 — Download

Step 2 — Installation

  1. Install MPC-BE.
  2. Extract madVR to a fresh madVR folder, and then copy it to the MPC-BE install directory.
    Inside the madVR folder right click madHcCtrl.exe and select properties. At the bottom under Security click the Unblock button and then Apply -> Ok.
    This will stop the annoying “potentially unsafe software” run window from popping up every time MPC-BE loads madVR.
  3. Install LAV Filters, make sure you un-check all of the components except for what is pictured below.

You should now have everything installed with a MPC-BE directory setup that looks something like this.

Next we install madVR. Navigate into the madVR folder and you should spot a install.bat batch file. Right click on it and run it as an administrator.

If all goes well you should get a console window with a message saying the filter was registered successfully.

Step 3 — Configuring MPC-BE

Now it is time to configure MPC-BE to use these fabulous new pieces of software. Launch MPC-BE and navigate to View -> Options.

Next navigate to the Video section. You should see a drop down menu option labeled Video renderer and set it to madVR.

Now navigate to Internal Filters and disable everything for both Video Decoders and Audio Decoders tabs.

Jason Hee

I’m a software engineer who loves tech