Windows Meida Player and playing multiple files (playlist)

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November 1, 2012 at 23:54:03
Specs: Windows 7, NA
Wow... It's been a long time since I've been here. Hope someone can help on this. I feel it should be easy, but I haven't been able to find the right search term.

To get to the point...

When I select several AVI video files (say 30), I can right click and say "play in WMP" and WMP will make an instant playlist of all those files starting with the one I clicked on. Everything works great for me like this.

However; when I select several say.. MKV or FLV video files I no longer get the "play in WMP" option. The videos play perfectly in WMP if I view them one at a time so it's not a codec issue. Sometimes I can even select just a few (say 5) and they will still work as a mini playlist... but if I go above a certain number of selections, then my "play in WMP" is removed again.

So... I assume there's an association or registery setting that controls this based on the file extension. So, how I can make Windows 7 give me the "Play in WMP" option all the time??

Finally... I am aware I can make a playlist, but this isn't an option for what I want to do... at least not right now. There are currently a couple of benefits for me simply selecting the files to be played over a playlist with my current setup.

thanks for any tips or help on this. :)

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November 2, 2012 at 03:21:38
Windows Media Player (even the Windows 7 version) doesn't support MKV or FLV files natively so you must have installed a codec pack or something similar if your WMP is able to play them. My guess is the codec pack imposes a limit on how many MKV or FLV files it can play in sequence.

Installing codec packs is not recommended as they can cause conflicts with existing codecs.
It's much better to install a media player that natively supports those formats. One of the best is VLC:

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November 2, 2012 at 09:10:24
I was just using MKV and FLV as examples. There are some other native formats that do this as well, but I'm unable to remember which ones ATM. I want to say that MPEG also does this.

I do have VLC, but my issue is that windows does no bring up the "play in VLC" consistantly either... also when it does, it tends to only play a single file and not the whole selected group. Another example is when I use MPC (media player classic).

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