Problems with opening a video file with a common video player

It is widely known the huge number of different video formats that exists nowadays: mp4, mkv, avi, dvd, wmv, mov... This variety of formats allows us to choose whether we need more quality or maybe we need a video which occupies less memory in our computer. However, this represents drawbacks as well. The most known and important is the impossibility of playing a certain video in a common video player such as Windows Media, just because the camera with which it has been recorded, records the videos with a certain format.
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Use video player like VLC

Fortunately, nowadays really good video players exist. With "very good" I mean video players that are capable to play nearly every format of video. One example is VLC program.