Windows 10, Can I run multiple media files at the same time?

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  1. Posts : 272
    win10
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    Windows 10, Can I run multiple media files at the same time?


    Now as I execute mp4 video file it opens with default windows media player, if I click on another file then the current video will stop playing. Can I run two or more media files at the same time? (without closing the current video)
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  2. Posts : 6,917
    windows 10
       #2

    Yes no problems if you use a different player right click on the file and choose open with
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  3. Posts : 24,632
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    Not in Windows Media Player, it's strictly one video at a time (as are almost all players). But there's nothing to stop you running another player along side it. I've done side-by-side comparisons or two near-identical videos to spot edit differences, one in WMP and the other in VLC.

    As both Films & TV (aka Movies & TV) and Photos can both play videos, I can run four videos simultaneously (and I have just tested doing exactly that - very confusing :)).
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  4. Posts : 136
    Win10 Pro x64 1607
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    VLC can do that by default.
    Also, there are some more, serious players which can do that, like KMPlayer, MPC-HC etc.
    Windows players are not included in this category (serious).
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  5. Posts : 24,632
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    werby said:
    VLC can do that by default..
    What? Play multiple videos simultaneously? I've seen the 'Open Multiple Files' option, but can only get VLC to play them consecutively.
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  6. Posts : 136
    Win10 Pro x64 1607
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    You may open many instances and drop files in each one. You may also redirect sound and video to wherever you want.
    Just do it!!!

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  7. Posts : 24,632
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #7

    werby said:
    Just do it!!!

    OK, to do it I first have to open multiple instances of VLC, then from the file menu on each VLC I can open and play a different video file. It works, but it's not as convenient as using 'File Open..' in Explorer (choosing a different player each time) to open multiple videos.
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  8. Posts : 136
    Win10 Pro x64 1607
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    You may also drop the files in.
    All good things have its cost...
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  9. Posts : 24,632
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    werby said:
    All good things have its cost...
    Yes, and VLC is certainly a 'good thing'. But I think the OP just wants a convenient way to play two videos at once. The 'File Open..' way with a different player is probably easier to use.
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  10. Posts : 136
    Win10 Pro x64 1607
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    So, go to VLC Preferences>>>Interface/Playlist and Instances and uncheck "Use only one instance when starting from file manager".
    Then you'll be able to open multiple instances directly from WinExplorer by "Open with.." and/or if files are already associated with VLC you may open multiple selected files simultaneously.
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