IN THIS CHAPTER
Watching video files with the Video app
Watching video files with Media Player
Managing photos with Media Player
Windows 8.1 provides two tools to help you play back video files stored on your computer: the Windows 8.1 Video app and Windows Media Player. The Video app provides basic playback features, while Windows Media Player includes ways to create playlists and more. You can even use Media Player to manage photos and copy them to portable devices.
If you have Media Center working on your version of Windows 8.1, you can use Media Center or Media Player to manage and watch recorded TV.
A video file is a file on a hard disk that contains video and audio. These files include videos you capture from video cameras, smartphones, digital cameras, recorded TV shows, and videos you download from the web. Video files come in many formats, and thanks to the Windows 8.1 Video app and Media Player 12's support for additional formats, Windows can now play almost any type of video. The following sections will help you understand how to manage and play videos in the Video app and Media Player.