How to Increase the Brightness in Media Player Classic

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How to Increase the Brightness in Media Player Classic
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Media Player Classic is an open-source video player that has become popular due to its lack of extra options and clutter compared to the later Windows media players, focusing solely on video play. One downside to this, however, is the lack of a brightness control in the player. If you want to brighten up a dark screen in Media Player, you're limited to increasing the monitor's brightness in most cases. There is however, one version of Media Player Classic that has a brightness control, provided your Windows operating system is updated.

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Things you need

  • Windows Vista or later
  • Internet access

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  1. 1

    Use a computer that has the Windows Vista operating system or a later version. Any operating system later than XP has the VMR9 program installed, which is needed for this program's brightness control.

  2. 2

    Go to "All Programs" in the Windows Start menu and select "Windows Update." Go to "Change Settings" and turn the automatic updating on if it is off.

  3. 3

    Download and install the Media Player Classic Home Cinema Edition, which is available from a number of open-source websites. This version was updated to include a handful of options that include a brightness control.

  4. 4

    Click on the "View" menu in Media Player Classic and select "Options." Click on "Miscellaneous" in the left pane of the Options window if it is not automatically up.

  5. 5

    Drag the level control labelled "Brightness" to the right to increase the brightness of the player. This is the second of the four VMR9 colour controls that are available in the Miscellaneous pane.

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