I often need to work my way thru a lot of videos, in a particular sequence. When I stop watching one, I want my player to remember where I was, and resume from that point.
VLC cannot do either of these, not without extra work. Instead, I use "Media Player Classic - Home Cinema" http://mpc-hc.org/ for this very reason. I even created my own tiny script to launch MPC-HC and resume the most recently-played file automatically.
The VLC development team is opposed to automatically playing the next file, even as an option. They insist that you must select the files manually, and then add them to a playlist, or open the folder (which would start from the first file, which isn't what I want), or add them individually. Their dogma is NOT user-friendly!