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Win -  HOW TO - Launch MPC-HC/MPC-BE with madVR as an External Player
Is there any way to force 4:3 movies to play with the internal player, instead of MPC-HC? I need to use the nonlinear stretch to 16:9 for 4:3 movies and i cannot find a way to do it with MPC-HC or Madvr...
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You could try a rule based on videoaspect 4.3 or add something to the filename of these videos.
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So, if i add <rule videoaspect ="1.33" player="VideoPlayer"/> it will do, i mean is that syntax ok?
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I don't know how Kodi would read it. Install MediaInfo and read the metadata of the source to find the actual aspect ratio.
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I saw in the Wiki (External_players (wiki)) that it does not use 4:3, instead 1.33 (videoaspect boolean matched against the video aspect ratio, which will be one of 1.33, 1.66, 1.78, 1.85, 2.20 or 2.35), i have Mediainfo installed and i will check, thanks for the help!
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(2019-02-14, 15:16)Warner306 Wrote:
(2019-02-13, 21:11)bsweet0us Wrote:
(2019-02-11, 20:59)bsweet0us Wrote: So, I'm having a problem that likely stems from a setting in either MPC-HC or MadVR, but not sure which.

I can get a file via KODI, have it launch MPC-HC as an external player in fullscreen, but then nothing.  Making MPC-HC into windowed mode, I can see the title of the file in the title bar, but the file won't play.  It shows Paused [H/W] below the control bar, but the play/pause button won't work wither through clicking it, spacebar, or options along the top.

I think we can exclude KODI as the cause, because it's performing as expected, but I may be wrong.  Any direction on this frustrating issue would be greatly appreciated...
 So, as a follow up to this, I have changed the madVR setting to only update the refresh rate when MPC-HC is put into fullscreen mode.  I can launch a file in windowed mode with no issues.  If that file is playing, when I put MPC-HC into fullscreen mode the same issue occurs where the file will pause and I can't unpause it.  I also noticed the info screen (via CTRL+J) doesn't change resolutions when the MPC-HC does or is supposed to.

I think I've narrowed the problem down to when madVR does it's thing, something is causing a disconnect somewhere.

What additional info can I provide or where is a more appropriate place to post this?  Thanks in advance for your help!  
I may have seen some similar behavior. Does this also happen when you open MPC-HC outside of Kodi? That is what I am seeing. Some files will not play and some files will play. I think more won't play than will play. That is why I've been using MPC-BE as a substitute. They just open with a paused, black screen.

If it is an issue with MPC-HC, you would have to post here: https://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=175209 
Sorry it's taken so long to reply, but yes the same behavior occurs anytime I launch MPC-HC.  I'll give MPC-BE a shot and see if I encounter the same issue.

Thanks for the reply!
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Why not to port LAV codec and MadVR inside Kodi for Windows ? Why 4k is terrible slow under Windows coz Kodi use slow ffmpeg for HEVC instead of LAV ?
Why on android is all ok, different optimized decoders for every platform, and totally shits on Windows ?
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There is already Kodi DSPlayer, but it isn't supported anymore. madVR is closed-source and Kodi wouldn't be able to support madVR.
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Hi,
this is my playercorefactory:

<playercorefactory>
<players>
<player name="MPC" type="ExternalPlayer" audio="false" video="true">
<filename>D:\MPC-BE x64\mpc-be64.exe</filename>
<args>"{1}" /fullscreen /close</args>
<playcountminimumtime>3600</playcountminimumtime>
</player>

<player name="DVDfab" type="ExternalPlayer" audio="false" video="true">
<filename>D:\DVDFab Player 5\DVDfab player 5.exe</filename>
<args>"{1}" /fullscreen /close</args>
<playcountminimumtime>3600</playcountminimumtime>
</player>

<player name="PAPlayer" audio="true" />
</players>

<rules action="prepend">
<rule filetypes="mkv|avi|mp4|m2ts|mts|ts" player="MPC"/>
<rule filetypes="bdmv|ifo" player="DVDfab"/>
<rule filetypes="mp3|wav|flac" player="PAPlayer" />
</rules> 
</playercorefactory>

If I start a movie, the external player starts up (MPC or DVDFab) but the movie doesn't start. I see the MPC or DVDfab Window and if a start manually the movie then start. I see the window of the external player that opens but no film starts, I can start the film by acting on the manual controls of the player either MPC or DVDFab. What can be the cause of this?
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I'm not sure. Does the movie start when you select the title, hit "C" and choose Play Using...
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No, also with the contestual menu © is the same. MPC start correctly but the movie don't start. I see the MPC window with MPC logo and nothing else.
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If I select the internal player the movie start without problem
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Analyzing the Kodi log file I found where the problem lies. My files are on a nas and Kodi sends the following string "nfs: //192.168.100.12/volume1/Movies/movie title/movie title.mkv" "/ fullscreen" "/ close" and with this string the movie does not starts. The right string that works would be "\\nas1\volume1\Movies\movie title\movie title.mkv" "/ fullscreen" "/ close". Do I have to reconfigure my library?
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Hmm, maybe external players are only compatible with SMB sharing. Have to experiment, I guess.
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