WMV (Windows Media Video) format is Microsoft's proprietary video file format which is incompatible with Apple's Mac OS X system and QuickTime Player. That's why you'll get stuck when you play WMV on Mac OS X. Below is a typical example which clearly shows the issue:
Here is the situation my PC friends are always sending me .wmv files but I just bought a MAC and all software is up to date including QuickTime. I am fascinated with my new partner, so I will never turn back to Windows system. Now the question is I want to be able to play WMV files on my Mac, but can't decide which software to install to help me solve the issue.
Luckily, you come to the right place and here you will find out three effective solutions that enable you to play WMV on Mac OS X (Sierra included) and enjoy WMV in QuickTime Player and iTunes, edit WMV on iMovie and Final Cut Pro and more.
Solution 1 Play WMV on Mac without Limitation
In this part, we introduce the best practicable method - Convert WMV to Mac supported formats like MP4, MOV to you. To do the job, the powerful and trustworthy Faasoft WMV Converter (for Mac, for Windows) undoubtedly is a perfect choice.
- Convert WMV to Mac OS X more compatible format like MP4, MOV;
- When the conversion is done, play WMV on QuickTime, iTunes and more and import WMV into iMovie and Final Cut Pro, etc;
- Optimize WMV by cutting, cropping, merging, etc before the conversion;
- Convert almost all video and audio such as AVI, MKV, FLV, SWF, MOD, AVCHD, etc to Mac OSX for Playback.
- Also have a Windows version (Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista)
How to Convert WMV to Mac OS X?
A user-friendly interface makes it pretty simple and what you need to do to end the conversion from WMV to Mac popular formats is just a few clicks, even though it is your first time to come into contact with such a professional yet easy-to-use utility. Before we go on, download and install the Mac version of the application. If you are a Windows user, please get the Windows version of Faasoft WMV Converter and follow the steps in the same way.
Step 1 Add WMV to Faasoft WMV Converter
Once the installation is completed, go Application folder to run it. Then just drag and drop your WMV files to the main interface of Faasoft WMV Converter, and your files will be loaded instantly.
Step 2 Set output formats
Click "Profile" drop-down button to spread profile menu and there select "MOV QuickTime Video (*.mov)" or "MP4 MPEG-4 Video (*.mp4)" as output format from "General Video" category. There are many a variety of supported output formats to choose.
Note: If your WMV files are HD, please choose output formats from "HD Video" category.
Step 3 Convert your file
In the final step, just click the big "Convert" button on the bottom and the rest of the work will be done by this great WMV Converter. The conversion may take a few minutes or half an hour, depends on the file size. Ignore it and do your other jobs while it is running.
Playing WMV on Mac OS X as well as adding WMV to iTunes, QuickTime, iMovie, Final Cut Pro and more is just this easy with the help of such a wonderful application. In addition to WMV, more Windows video and audio formats like MKV, WTV, AVI, WMA, etc and other Mac incompatible formats like SWF, MOD, TOD, AVCHD, OGV, 3GP, FLAC, M4B, MKA, RA, RAM, APE, CAF, etc will be accepted after you start using Faasoft WMV Converter.
Solution 2 Play WMV on Mac OS X with Windows System
Nowadays, you can install Windows operating system XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 on Apple's computer, iMac, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini with Boot Camp, and this system can co-exist with the built in Mac OS X system side by side. If you start the Windows system, you can access any files in Mac Drive, and double click any WMV file in Mac system to play it.
You may prefer to this tutorial which shows you all the things you need to prepare and the installation process.
Solution 3 Free WMV Player on Mac OS X
What if you neither want to do any conversion with your WMV file nor install plug-in? Fortunately, there are many free players for Mac system, for example, Faasoft WMV Player, VLC, MplayerX, that can play WMV file directly.
Faasoft WMV Player
Faasoft WMV Converter is more than a video converter. As a Player, Faasoft WMV Converter is totally FREE. It supports playing nearly all kinds of video files freely including WMV, F4V, SWF, MXF, MVI, OGM, WebM, OGV, 3GP, RM, RMVB, 720p/1080p AVCHD, MTS, M2TS, M2T, TS, TOD, MOD, TP and more on both Mac and Windows without any limitation.
VLC Media Player
VLC is a nice free WMV Player for Mac users, with which, you can play WMV, AVI, MKV, FLV, etc. But you have some codec packages installed to enable VLC work on WMV. What's more, you may encounter the issue: there is only video but no audio.
MplayerX is a simple, powerful and beautiful media player that you must have, with which, you can play WMV, ASF, AVI, VOB, etc on Mac OS X easily. But MPlayerX is full for pesky adware. Another obvious drawback of it is removing it on the computer since the incomplete removal.