Video Playback and Windows 10

By Laura Sigsbury

You will begin hearing more issues about video playback now that most of us are using Windows 10.  You will see messages such as “This plugin is not supported” or “Invalid File Format”.

In addition, you may be surprised that you can no longer play video DVD’s with Windows 8 or 10.  Microsoft chose not to include DVD support because so many new computers do not come with DVD drives and to save money because they no longer needed to pay a licensing fee for each copy of Windows that shipped with DVD support.

Upload the video to YuJa

Recommended best practice is to upload your video files to YuJa.   The advantages are faster playback, mobile compatible and browser plugins are not required.  If your video file has a .wmv file extension, YuJa will automatically create a .mp4 format that is compatible with Windows 10.  Contact Laura Sigsbury or Brandon Poulliot should you need more information at

Install a Third-Party DVD Player

The easiest way to play DVDs in Windows 8 or Windows 10 is by installing a third-party DVD player. We recommend the popular VLC media player. It’s free, and after you install it you’ll be able to play DVDs in VLC – no problem. Blu-rays are another story, as they are supported but many of them won’t play because of DRM encryption.vlcplayerpic

To play a DVD in VLC, click the Media menu and select Open Disc.


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