Video Player than can Open Multiple Files

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  1. Reservation macrumors member

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    Is there a video player out there that can open multiple video files at once?
     
  2. imswimmin macrumors regular

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    I'm not sure if you want to play many different videos in different windows at once (using one type of player), or if you want a bunch of different videos to play simultaneously in a single window. Or, are you asking if there is some software that can open many different video file types.

    The answer to the first part is to just manually open the many video files you have. I'm not quite sure of an answer to the second one. VLC Media player is a solution to the third.

    I apologize if I was not helpful at all. :)
     
  3. musty345 macrumors regular

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    You could try going into your applications folder, then making some duplicates of the VLC player app, so you have VLC player, VLC player 2, VLC player 3 etc.

    Then you can right click on a video file and then open one with VLC Player, the other with VLC Player 2 etc.

    I used to use this method to open multiple iWeb domains.

    It's all I can think of ;)
     
  4. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Quicktime. Just double click each video and they open in separate windows.
     
  5. macbwizard macrumors 6502

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    I think when you're playing quicktime videos the audio from only the foremost instance will play. I think VLC will do this differently and is probably what he wants.
     
  6. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Nope. Just had 4 playing and hearing the audio from them all.
     
  7. Xcallibur macrumors 6502a

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    Your way is insane! Haha, in the future just go into VLC's settings, in the 'Interface' pane, navigate to the 'Instances' section, make sure 'Allow only one instance' is not ticked. This will open a new VLC player for every VLC media file opened. I think this should answer the thread's question too!
     
  8. Reservation thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you to all the responses so far; they've all been very helpful. Xcalibur, I think that option may only be available for Windows, since I can't find it. I also did some digging around and found this, which says it's not supported for the Mac: http://wiki.videolan.org/How_to_play_multiple_instances_of_VLC
     
  9. Xcallibur macrumors 6502a

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    Arhh well that is strange! I am indeed running VLC on Windows, but I expected it to be the same on both platforms, it must be a restriction of OSX. Have you tried running the AppleScript application workaround?
     
  10. musty345 macrumors regular

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    OK your method looks much easier ;)
     
  11. zoomcar macrumors newbie

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    Open Multiple Instances Of VLC Player In Windows 8

    Using Windows 8 (W8), I had a hard time getting VLC to open more than one instance at a time. I unchecked the [ ] "Allow Only One Instance" option in Tools/Preferences, but still no Multiple instances. Still only on Instance of player would play.
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    The FIX - I right Clicked VLC from the W8 METRO Metro Interface, Then clicked "Open As Administrator". When the VLC Player opened, I went to Tools / Preferences. ... FUNNY, The "Allow Only One Instance" Option was checked (even thought I had previously Unchecked the option when opened from the desktop mode). So I Unchecked the "Allow Only One Instance" option and saved. ... Now I can open Multiple Instances Of VLC. ...
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    Just Thought I'd Share for others unable to open multiple instances of VLC.
     
  12. dstern macrumors newbie

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    Here is some freeware that does exactly what you are looking for. The one drawback is it only works with .mp4 video files.

    http://ipivs.com/products/valt-multi-video-player/
     

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