If you have any trouble playing our files, or are curious about the best way to watch Anime on your PC, then please read this guide!
*Warning* I will not be mentioning the elephant in the room “VLC” in this tutorial due to the fact that I cannot find one good reason to recommend it over the players mentioned below (for anime at least)
This is where it gets trickier because madVR (the ideal renderer in pretty much all aspects) will likely work on these devices, but may require enabling settings that reduce quality, or have dropped frames if you don’t, which would make madVR pointless. But, if you insist, here you go.
madVR (Go to High Performance) –
MPC-HC – I personally prefer Potplayer, but the community in general uses MPC, and it is a fine option. Install lavfilters, MPC-HC, and XySubFilter (AssFilterMod is now the most up-to-date option) then make sure your settings match these:
Potplayer – (This is the middle of the road if you use EVR, rather than madVR) – The built-in renderer in Potplayer in my opinion is the best option for people want madVR, but can’t because of the performance needed.
High performance – This (link) guide has more information on the details of every setting, so read that as well if you don’t feel like (or can’t) following this guide verbatim.
I personally prefer Jinc to all the other scaling options, but this is more preference than anything (NGU is good for upscaling low-res content). And uncheck all the options under “trade quality for performance” except maybe “scale chroma separately if it saves performance”, if you can.
Also, use XySubFilter if you use MPC-HC or Potplayer. The internal renderer is generally considered sub-par to XySubFilter (probably a modified VS-filter). Here is the link if you want it.
The issues (that I know of) have been fixed with Potplayer’s subtitle render and should be equivalent to XySubFilter. Also, you must use a external video decoder like LAVfilters and turn Video>Video Processing Filters to “Do not use” if you want to use an external subtitle renderer.
Press Ctrl+J while playing a video to check if you have dropped frames, and other miscellaneous information.
My madVR settings are here for reference. (link)
*You can also use madVR with Potplayer (I personally prefer this to MPC-HC) and kodi! To use it with Kodi go here (link), but keep in mind that the developer has abandoned the project so no bugfixes or new releases are expected at the moment.
Mpv does provide madvr-like scaling, but honestly, that’s for more advanced users, and you won’t need this guide if that applies to you. Here’s a zip containing my setup if you don’t want to think about it (probably requires a gtx 1060 or better): https://drive.google.com/uc?id=12bZQTClpf0nERT0X3btfjFLQAKs1WGtl
This guide may help you do that if you have more questions, but I think it’s a bit hard to follow and I will eventually write my own guide for configuring it. Also, you will need to change all the directories in the /mpv/mpv.conf file to what it is on your system for it to work properly.
Very Low performance –
Kodi is a great option for (very) low performance users who still want better video playbacks, but don’t have the processing power for “quality at all costs” madVR. And it is a wonderful HTPC/Home theater solution.
*Please take note that Kodi 17 will come with a redesigned video player, so try 16.2 if the latest version doesn’t help.
Instructions – Read this (link) then follow this to enable higher* quality scaling.
And now you’re good to go!
Either use some form of mpv or Kodi because there’s NO madVR like alternative for Linux/GNU or OS X. I use both Kodi and mpv on linux, but in order to get comparable quality to madVR, you need to build a config file with options that aren’t well documented.
There are programs that can let you run Windows applications within another OS (e.g Parallels, Wine, VMs), but in my experience they tend to not play nice with graphical applications, so your mileage may vary.
This guide is authored and actively maintained by wellivea1.