Create and save personal playlists in vlc

We handle a good amount of multimedia content, all through certain specific programs such as Kodi, MPC-HC, or VLC, among others. These allow us to play both audio and videos, but each tends to focus a little more on one type of file.

This is the case, for example, of the application that we are going to talk about in these same lines. In fact, it is one of the most powerful and used multimedia solutions that we can find at the moment, we refer to VLC Media Player . Among all the functions that this popular multimedia player includes, today we are going to talk about the possibility of creating personalized playlists, both audio and video, as well as saving them in a single file to be able to play it whenever we need it. The process is pretty straightforward and counts in two different ways.

VLC, the most popular media player

VLC Media Player is the name of one of the most popular multimedia content players on the market. It is developed by the VideoLAN company as a free and open source application, being completely multiplatform. In this way, it can be used on computers with Windows, Linux and macOS, as well as on mobile devices with Android and iOS. With it we can play all kinds of audio and video files, including DVD-Blu-ray or 4K movies and support for subtitles and labels. Another of its features is the ability to watch streaming videos, download videos from YouTube, take screenshots and create a remote control web server. In addition, it allows converting both audio and video formats and has compatibility with Chromecast,

As many of you may already know first-hand, the VLC player allows us to create playlists. However, they are somewhat different from what we are used to on other platforms such as Spotify or YouTube. Therefore, today we are going to show you how to create and store our own personalized playlists. In this way we can group different files either in the form of chapters, movies or songs, to play them later immediately. Thus, we can create as many playlists as we want or need to use in the future.

VLC focuses more on working with videos, than with audio

It must be taken into consideration that in this case a playlist is basically made up of a group of files that we want to play one after the other. So much so that from the outset we cannot name this playlist in VLC . At the same time, when we create a new one, we lose the old one. The reason for this method of operation is basically because the program focuses on playing videos.

It is true that the program supports a multitude of audio formats, so it can also function as a music player. But as we say, its main objective is video, so the lists we create are different from what we do on Spotify, for example. Therefore, in the event that we want or need to create a playlist, in addition to saving it for later, let’s see the steps to take.

Create a list by dragging and dropping files

The first thing we must do is open the VLC player as such so that its main interface appears. Then we place you in the View / Playlist menu, where we have to add the files that we want to include in the playlist that we are creating. This is something that we can achieve by simply dragging music files from Windows File Explorer.

Create a playlist by opening multiple files

Another option to create a playlist is from the “Media” tab. Pressing we go to the option “Open multiple files” through which we can add files to create our playlist. For this we must use the plus button (+), and we will introduce the corresponding files. In the same way, just as we can add files, we can also delete files that we already need or have added by mistake. Once finished, click on the “Play” button, which we will see is located at the bottom of the window. Once this is done, we will see how a playlist has been created in VLC, but of course, the most interesting thing is that if we like it or are going to need it in the future, we can save it.

Save music playlists in VLC

Once we have created the playlist, we go to the menu option Media / Save playlist. Next we will have to assign a name to the new list, for example depending on the type of music or environment. It will be then when VLC itself will create the file that will contain the list, all in an XSPF format . Therefore, from then on, in the future whenever we want to play that same playlist, we simply have to double-click on the XSPF file so that it opens in VLC.

Of course, at this point there are several aspects that we should take into consideration. For example, the files included in it are saved with their name and location in the aforementioned XSPF file. If one of the files is moved or renamed, the playlist will not be able to find or play it. Therefore, this will most likely return an error .

Also, if we change equipment or operating system, the files that are part of the list will have to be saved in the same disk path where they were when it was created. To finish we will say that elements of this type created in VLC do not have access to an online database, as happens in Spotify.

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