Uses of Files with the .wmv File Extension

.wmv file extension ? A detailed description

The file extension .wmv is known to be associated with Windows Media File. Typically, files with the .wmv extension are ASF (Advanced Systems Format) files that are encoded using the Windows Media Video (WMV) codec.

.wmv files fall under the Video Files category and their Mime type is video/x-ms-wmv.

To play a .wmv file on a Windows computer you require Windows Media Player version 8 or later. There are other software also available that you can use to play .wmv files.

Purpose of .wmv files

The file format .wmv was developed by Microsoft for Internet streaming and watching videos on a computer. The .wmv file format was created to store movies and other video content in a compressed form without compromising the quality of the video.

How to play a .wmv file

If you use Windows, you may use the following programs to play a .wmv file:

  • Microsoft Windows Media Player
  • Bitberry Final Media Player
  • Roxio Creator 2010
  • CyberLink PowerDirector 8
  • CyberLink PowerDVD 10
  • Web browser with the Windows Media Player plugin

If you use a Mac operating system, you may use the following programs to play a .wmv file:

  • WMV Elmedia Player
  • Apple QuickTime Player with Flip4Mac WMV Components
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player
  • Web browser with the Fip4Mac WMV plugin

If you use Linux, you may use the following programs to play a .wmv file

  • VLC player
  • Miro
  • Boxee
  • Mplyaer
  • Helix Player
  • RealPlayer

Can I play .wmv files using Apple QuickTime?

Yes you can, provided you install a free plugin called ?Filp4mac? from the Microsoft?s website.

How to play a .wmv file on a Blackberry

You cannot play a .wmv file on a Blackberry.? You will need to convert the .wmv file into a format, such as .mp3, .mp4, or .avi that Blackberry supports. To covert a .wmv file into other known and more widely-accepted file formats, you may use a reliable file converter software.

I?m unable to play a .wmv file ? it seems that the file is corrupt – what should I do?

To fix the matter, you may use a reliable file extension repair software to diagnose and promptly fix problems with the file that is generating the error.