Shuffle videos but keep episode order?

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  1. Pedeadstrian
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    I have a bunch of tv shows on my hard drive, and would like to set up a playlist so that each show is in random order, but episode order is always preserved. Example: if I have shows A, B, and C a possible play order would be C1, B1, C2, A1, C3, B2, A2, etc. With a fresh playlist, the first time a particular show is played its first episode is played, then second, and so on. I am currently using a batch file renamer to give each episode a number prefix of a random number and then sorting my playlist by name, effectively shuffling my playlist. Does anyone know of a program that could help me?
     
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    If you were on Linux or OS X, I've be able to help. This is very easy to do with the find command and sed. I actually wrote a script specifically for this but I use it to make a very large online playlist for chiptunes.
     
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    I'm using Windows 10, unfortunately.
     
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    http://kodi.wiki/view/Add-on:LazyTV

    Does this sound like the kind of thing you're after?
     
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    Hmm... in fact it does. If I remember correctly, I wasn't a fan of Kodi, but maybe I'd be able to use LazyTV to create a playlist then use it in VLC. I'll go ahead and try it, thanks.
     
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    You could use Kodi with this addon: http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=90738
    It basically automates the entire process and presents it all in a nice interface with a fake "TV Guide"
     
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    Alrighty, I'll check that out if LazyTV doesn't work, thanks.
     
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    Actually, scratch that last link, this seems to be a much more up to date version of it: http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=244889
    LazyTV looks very similar but lacking a lot of features PseudoTV has, like the "TV Guide" and having multiple "channels" to choose from. Though if you don't care about/want those features then LazyTV is for you I suppose.
     
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    It turns out LazyTV is exactly what I wanted, and it can even hybridize with PseudoTV. I would have preferred being able to export the playlist it makes, but I guess I can get used to another video player. Thanks for the help, everyone.
     
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    Though it seems you have it sorted now I will have to say as a really crude one, and probably not so useful if you are sporting DVD rips, but what about sort by date?
     
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    That would work for one show, but wouldn't work well with multiple shows. The Simpsons is the oldest show I have by a long shot, so if I were to sort my videos by date I'd have a huge section of nothing but The Simpsons. I don't mind a few episodes of a show playing back-to-back if RNGesus wills it, but watching several seasons in a row is too much. Unless, of course, I'm not understanding you correctly, which wouldn't be surprising because you're usually way over my head.
     
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    It would fail in that scenario. I was thinking more that you had more or less current series/seasons of TV shows and wanted to catch up on the lot.
     
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    Oh, nope. It's my cache of reruns that I watch right before bed to wind down or when I have a headache that would lessen the enjoyment of new episodes. I probably could've been clearer in the OP. Oh well, too late now.