To create a playlist using the Windows
Media Playlist Editor
Start the Windows Media Playlist Editor.
The Windows Media Playlist Editor dialog box
On the toolbar, click the Add element button to add a
media element to the playlist.
The Add Media Elements dialog box
Specify the name and location of the content you want to add to
the playlist. Repeat this step until you have added all of the
content to your playlist.
On the toolbar, click the Save playlist button, and then
specify the name and location of the playlist file. The playlist
file must use a .wsx file name extension.
The Windows Media Playlist Editor can be started
from the Windows Media Services snap-in by clicking the Summary
Tab of the Publishing Points item or the Source
tab of a specific publishing point.
The Windows Media Playlist Editor can also be
started as a stand-alone program by double-clicking the
Wmseditor.exe file, which can be found in the folder in which you
installed the Windows Media Services snap-in. By default, this is
After you have created your playlist, it may be
used by any publishing point. To use your playlist with a
publishing point, click the Change button on the
Source tab of the publishing point.
The Windows Media Playlist Editor is only
available in the Windows Media Services snap-in.
Content streamed by Windows Media Services must
meet the minimum supported content length of the player to ensure
reliable playback. The minimum supported content length for Windows
Media Player 9 Series or later is 5 seconds. The minimum supported
content length for previous versions of Windows Media Player is 30
If you want to save your playlist files on
another computer or network drive, you must first grant share
permissions to the Windows Media server. The Windows Media server
cannot write files to a remote network drive if the server has not
been granted permissions. For more information about drive sharing
and permissions, see Windows Help and Support.
If your playlist includes JPEG image files, do
not include any syntax in your playlist that causes the image to
pause while being rendered by the player. Pausing a JPEG image in
this manner can cause the player to enter a permanent wait state.
If you must show a still image under these circumstances, create a
video file of that image and then use the video file in the
If your playlist includes JPEG image files and
you are using the playlist file with a broadcast publishing point,
be aware that users who connect to the broadcast while the JPEG
image is being streamed will not receive the image. They will
instead see a black screen. Once the playlist continues on to the
next item, playback will continue as expected. If you want a JPEG
image to be displayed for a certain period of time, you should use
the repeatCount attribute to repeat the image for short
durations that together equal the amount of time that the image is
to be displayed. That way, players that connect while the image is
being streamed can receive the image when it repeats. For example,
if a JPEG image is to be displayed for 60 seconds, you could set a
dur attribute value of five seconds and a repeatCount
attribute value of 12. If a user connects two seconds into the
broadcast, the image would be displayed after three seconds. If the
repeatCount and dur attribute values were not used,
the user would see a black screen for 58 seconds.