If you have all kinds of movies and series stored on your Mac, you may want to be able to watch them consecutively in ‘Netflix style’. With the VLC app, you can do that very easily and in this tip we explain how to create such video playlists.
Create video playlist on Mac
One of the most useful (and addictive) features of Netflix is that episodes of TV shows are played one after the other. The moment one episode ends, Netflix already counts down to the next episode. That makes binge-watching very tempting.
Wouldn’t it be handy if you could do the same with your own series and film collection? So that the videos you have saved locally are also played one after the other? All you need is the free VLC app. You can’t create playlists in Apple’s own QuickTime Player, but you can in VLC. The software is also available on several platforms.
Create video playlists with VLC
This is how you proceed:
- Download the for free VLC app for the Mac, if you have not done so before.
- Launch the VLC app.
- Go to the Finder and find the folder containing the videos you want to play consecutively.
- Drag the folder or selected videos to the VLC icon or open VLC app.
- The videos will now start playing immediately, in the order listed.
- Click the button with three dashes to go back to the list.
You can drag an entire folder of videos into VLC to create a playlist, or you can drag a selection of videos into VLC from a Finder search.
Customize video playlist
If the videos are not in the correct order, you can easily adjust this.
- In the VLC app, go to Window > Playlist.
- Change the order by clicking and dragging.
Playlists in VLC on iPhone and iPad
The steps above are for the Mac, but you can also create a video playlist on the iPhone and iPad using the VLC app for iOS. This has the advantage that it plays a large number of formats, such as MOV, MKV, AVI and WMV.
Creating playlists also works for audio files, such as audiobooks and podcasts. Here, however, you do not have the freedom to change the order as you wish, but you can sort by name, album, duration or release date.